Photos of the Month
A Blue Transferware Sampler
Just a very small fraction of the spectacular transferware collection assembled by Colin and Patricia Parkes, our hosts for an afternoon during our 2015 England tour. Most if not all of the patterns shown here are in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, as Colin was an avid DB editor. We are saddened by Colin’s recent death.
Use it Wisely. Words to the wise from William Pyke, Diamond Merchant and Goldsmith in Birkenhead, England. This merchant plate, a complimentary gift to customers, dates 1891-1905. TCC members can learn how we dated the plate by viewing Entry 15552 in the Database of Patterns and Sources. Also shown is the Pyke Grange Road shop.
A Modern Take on Transfer Printing
Ceramic artist Forrest Middleton, of FLM Ceramics in Petaluma, CA, creates transfer-printed pottery using tissue transfers from silk screened “plates”, applied directly to the thrown or formed pot or tile. For more information, see the FLM website: http://www.flmceramics.com
Transferware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
At least 107 transferware patterns are appended to interior and exterior walls at four locations within Junagarh Fort. Shown here is a projecting window surround, with at least 37 patterns. How many can you identify? Refer to the 2020 article by Hoexter and Siddall, in TCC Bulletin Vol. XXI, No. 3. Members can download the entire bulletin; the article is available to anyone here.
The Goddess Kali
Judge for yourself the quality of the source print, and what was deleted/added to the transferware engraving. The source print is “Ceremony of Washing the Goddess Cali and the Idol Jagan-Nath”, found in Cyclopedia Londiniensis, 1805; the 5.25 inch high by 11.75 inch diameter bowl is by an unknown maker. More information in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources; this pattern is named “Goddess Kali”, and is DB entry #4793.
Hector Dragged Behind Achilles’ Chariot (Hector Dragged by Achilles’ Cart)
Thanks to Rob Hunter’s FB site for this ca. 1765-70 transferware (bat printed?) sepia creamware plate in the Chipstone collection, with an image of Hector being dragged around the walls of Troy behind Achilles’ cart as described in Homer’s Iliad. Thanks to Google Images and the website Alamy for this 1719 public domain image of a print by Bernard Picart, the probable source print, although Chipstone references an engraving by T. Rothwell from a 1711 translation of the Iliad. Whatever the source, the plate is spectacular! Click on image for larger version.
Atkinson’s Bears Grease pot lid
Atkinson’s Bears Grease pot lid, 57 mm (2.24 in) diameter. Bears grease was a popular pomade for men’s hair. The company occupied the 44 Gerrard Street London address between 1818 and 1832, making this lid one of the earliest! The accompanying polar bear figure is 9-½ inches high and 16 inches long, and is extremely uncommon (only a handful known). It would have likely been placed in a shop window. Little doubt Staffordshire, England, although makers, unknown. Photo credits: Bob Houghton (lid), David Hoexter (bear figure).
Can anyone identify this retailers mark?
An Australian graduate student has asked for our assistance in identifying this apparent retailers mark, which includes text in (possibly) Cyrillic. Please send your thoughts to the TCC web administrator, email@example.com.
Who can Identify this Pattern(s) ?
We often receive requests on the TCC website Message Board for assistance in identifying patterns. We generally can successfully provide the pattern name and related information. But occasionally a request stumps us. Following is the first in what no doubt will be a series of requests for members’ help. This mug, missing its handle, is 5 inches high and wide (diameter). It currently resides in Scotland. The member(s) who successfully provides pattern ID, maker, and anything else of interest wins great fame and bragging rights.
Residence Interior Wall
A residence interior wall with various items, enhanced with just one transferware platter. The pattern is “Masonic Institution for Girls, St George’s Field, Southwark”. This example is 11.5 X 14 inches, smaller than the example shown in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, where it is record # 3886. The building was constructed in the late 18th c and housed up to 100 orphaned daughters of freemasons through 1856. Although the maker is unknown, a retailers mark on the reverse names John Burn, Newport Market, London, and in cludes the name J.J. Cuff, who operated a tavern and coffee ship on the premises in 1805 and at least through the printing of this platter, probably the 1820s. TCC members can view the DB entry for additional information.
Transfer printed toast racks are uncommon, particularly when printed with an architectural themed image. It is difficult to tell, but it appears that one engraving was used, and the printed tissue cut down to fit the variably sized dividers. We would welcome additional images of transfer printed toast racks.
Women of Spode and the Indian Tree Pattern
Our primary image depicts a sampling of the women who have worked at Spode Works over the years. Note the image at the upper left, which depicts a painter at work, perhaps in the 1940s (????). Now focus on the plate, which is Spode’s “Indian Tree” pattern. According to the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, this pattern was produced from 1877 through at least 1957. Finally, we draw your attention to the second and third photos, which date from November 2021. This Indian Tree dinner service (only a small portion is shown) was the 1947 wedding set of Mary and Henry Hoexter, in San Francisco, California, and is still in use (although not on a daily basis) and loved to this day. Thanks to the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Center Facebook page and Judie Siddall / David Hoexter for the images.
Handling Session at the 2016 Charlottesville, VA Annual Meeting
A highlight of many TCC annual meetings is handling and discussing features associated with various transferware patterns and forms. This montage shows a handling session during our 2016 Charlottesville, VA meeting. We travelled one day to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, to view the Reeves Collection of Chinese export porcelain and armorial porcelain, with examples dating from 1500 to the present. We were royally hosted by curator Ron Fuchs.