Photos of the Month
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.
Dudson Museum, Hanley Stoke-on-Trent
Winter scene of the Dudson Museum (housed primarily in the large bottle oven!). Drone view by the Stoke Sentinel; thanks to Phil Rowley. Interior view from the museum’s website. More Information.
A Smattering of Christmas and New Year Transferware
A smattering of Christmas and New Year transferware patterns. All from the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Members, search for more!
A Happy New Year to You: Children’s Plate, maker unknown, TCC DB 14479.
Christmas Bells (A Merry Christmas and (A Happy New Year): small bowl by David Lockhart & Co, 1876-98, TCC DB 13422.
Christmas Eve (Wilkie’s Designs) series: plate by Ralph & James Clews, 1814-34, TCC DB 1972.
Father Christmas: Children’s Plate by Charles Allerton & Sons, 1832-42, TCC DB 8564.
Xmas Eve: Pratt/Polychrome pot lid, by F.&R. Pratt & Co, TCC DB 11670.
TCC members were treated to many transferware delights at our 2014 annual meeting held at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. Pictured here is part of the display in the special exhibit “Transferware: A Story of Pattern and Color”; and obviously engaged meeting participants viewing various transferware-related documents and prints from the Winterthur library and archives (candid photo).
Transferware Children’s Mugs
Just a sampling of the hundreds of children’s mugs in the collection of Historic New England (HNA), located in the Boston MA vicinity. We viewed the mugs and much more at the HNA Collections and Conservation Center as part of our October 2013 Annual Meeting. Read more about the meeting. Read about every TCC Annual Meeting.
What is a “salt plate” and what is the connection to death and transferware? More information.
Credits: Thanks to Sue Wagstaff for bringing this to our attention and to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
Two examples from the bat printing process. Images by Robert Copeland. For additional images, visit the TCC website Image Gallery: https://www.transferwarecollectorsclub.org/annex/image-gallery/processes/processes-bat-printing/.
Summer House, Wrinehill, Staffordshire
Very few of the 8,000 – 9,000 advertising pot lids portray an actual building, let alone the owner’s residence (in this case) or the actual manufactory (apparently across the road). This one does. According to the Historic England website, Summer House dates from around 1710-1720. The lid probably dates from the later 19th century. More information in the TCC DB, Pattern # 12307.
Spode Paintress Mrs. Priestly
Photo on the occasion of her 82nd birthday in 1937. Just one of hundreds of images in the TCC Website Image Gallery. View more photos.
Window Surround Interior, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, India
What is Dick Henrywood photographing? This alcove is faced with dozens of transferware patterns. How many can you identify? See more in the TCC Bulletin, December 2020. English Transfer Printed Earthenware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Remembering Robert Copeland (Spode Factory), for no particular reason other than we miss him! Robert travelled to and spoke at our 2001 Annual Meeting in Monterey, CA, just weeks after 9/11, and was immeasurably helpful with our 2003 Annual meeting in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Shown here demonstrating how to use a foot bath (Spode, of course) even if without water, and in a more formal shot. Images from the TCC website Image Gallery.
Britannia Pottery, Glasgow
An undated photo of the Britannia Pottery in Glasgow, showing nine kilns, innumerable saggars, and workers. For those less familiar with the pottery firing process, the wares were placed in the saggars, which were in turn placed into the kiln for firing.
Thanks to George Haggarty for this image, from his Facebook page, with permission.
“Cowman” and Friends at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Part of an interior wall within Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. What are these transfer-printed drainers (and many more) doing in relatively remote Bikaner? A research article on the 110 transfer printed, three Chinese Export (also shown in this photo), and two creamware patterns affixed to the walls of four locations within the fort is available for download. English Transfer Printed Earthenware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India