Database of Patterns & Sources Count
16,979 patterns, 1,077 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
August eNews 2021
Dear Transferware Enthusiasts:
We're pleased to send you this edition of our eNewsletter to give you the latest club news informing you of up-coming club activities and interesting new content on our web site and our Facebook page. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and input; email the TCC Web Content Administrator
August Lecture
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins, by  Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England
Description: In 1997, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery of Hanley published my Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins: Staffordshire Ceramics and the American market 1775-1880. This lecture focuses on some of the themes covered by this publication which, it is hoped, will be of interest to British ceramic enthusiasts. My fascination with this subject has never diminished and my talk will also include more recent work on this theme. The process of learning continues, as does the research.
Our Speaker: Dr. Neil Ewins is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland teaching Design History and Theory courses for BA and MA students studying design, ceramics and glass. He has worked at Sunderland for almost 20 years and is a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. He also acts as a PhD supervisor. Neil is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and sits on Editorial Board of the Journal of Business and Economic Development. His most recent book, Ceramics and Globalization: Staffordshire Ceramics, Made in China, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017. He is currently working on a chapter concerning 19th century ceramics and glass for a six-volume publication entitled A Cultural History of Craft, also to be published by Bloomsbury. Neil is a proud member of the Transferware Collectors Club, and the American Ceramic Circle.
Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, August 12, 2021 1PM New York
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Pook & Pook
The Transferware Collection of Robert Galli
September 30th & October 1st, 2021
Historical blue Staffordshire Landing of Lafayette tureens, pitchers, mugs, toddy plates, teapots, platters, plates, pepperpots, waste bowls, chamber pots, master salts, well and tree platter, and more from a collection out of Rhode Island. Join us as over 70 lots of this pattern cross the auction block at Pook & Pook in the Americana & International Auction on September 30th & October 1st, 2021. Pook and Pook

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
Shown is a 9.25 inch plate printed with a collage of musical instruments and flowers. The maker is unknown. More information.

Members only: See pattern #11025 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Maker is Henry Abraham Ollivant, manufacturer of transfer-printed, hand-painted and majolica tiles. Austwick1981, p. 140 illustrates this tile back marking #108, c. 1900-1906, using the letters C O V above ENGLAND. The pattern name is not on the tile; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. Floral Blue-tinted Tile with Corners is pattern #19784 in the database. Pattern and Source Print Database.

The center pattern consists of a bouquet in cross formation with a variety of flowers and leaves colored in pastel shades of pink, yellow, blue and green. The long border motifs extend into the center space of the tile. This creates an interesting secondary pattern when tiles are grouped together for a large display. See the small and large diagonal grouping as well as the horizontal group of 9 tiles here. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
Ceramic wonders tower over a visitor at the V&A Museum in London. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."

2020 TCC Research Grant Recipient: Matthew Keagle's video: "Trash to Treasures: Cataloging Transferware in the Pavilion Collection"

The introduction of transfer-printing in the 18th century created a popular method of ceramic production. Explore archaeological examples of transferware in this new episode of "From the Ground Up"! Research funding for Fort Ticonderoga's transferware collection was made possible by the Transferware Collectors Club. Link to video. View more Grant Recipients.
Bulletin TCC 2021 Number 1 

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): The Mount Pleasant Classical Institution:A Rarity of American Historical Staffordshire. Members, read the entire issue here.
The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue. A rich resource! Read it here.

Bulletin editor Richard Halliday is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contact:
The TCC Bulletin editor seeks submittals to future editions, particularly from first time or occasional authors. We have an extremely knowledgeable member base, yet many of our members seldom or never share their knowledge, at least in printed form. Now is your chance. Bulletin submittals do not need to be extremely technical or lengthy. They just need to be interesting and relate to British transferware! And they need to be accompanied by quality images.

Don’t fret if you have little experience. We will be pleased to work with you, to formulate your concept and bring your article along. Simply send us your ideas, if that is where you are, or text, even in preliminary form, if you are further along. Please submit in MS Word format, and separately, images in png, pdf or jpeg format. Please do NOT convert to PDF. Don’t worry if this is a problem for you; we’ll work with you to bring your article from preliminary to final, printed, stage, no matter your level of computer and word processes experience. 

Suggested topics:
  1. Your favorite transferware piece, either your own or displayed elsewhere (why is it your favorite?; how did you acquire it?; what is the pattern, maker if known?).
  2. What is your favorite place to view transferware: museum? stately home? Historic or archaeological site?
  3. Tell (and show) us your own collection (really good pictures required).
  4. New discoveries.
  5. Archaeological sites: overall summary of the excavation as relates to transferware; discuss a particular pattern or piece; context/importance of the transferware.
  6. In-depth research of a pattern, series, maker.

 Richard Halliday, TCC Bulletin Editor:
 David Hoexter, unofficial assistant:
The Board is working on plans for an expansive virtual on-line Annual Meeting in October and looks forward to being able to gather in person in 2022. We will keep you posted on plans for October as they develop. Suggestions for lecture topics and offers of member collection virtual tours are welcome. See Scott Hanson’s President’s Message in the current (April 2021) Bulletin.
Upcoming Lectures

Thursday, August 12, 2021 “Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins…”
Lecturer: Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England more info

Thursday, September 23, 2021Onglaze Printing on English Pottery 1750-1800
Lecturer: Robin Emmerson, Freelance Decorative Arts Curator, Shrewsbury, England

Thursday, October 14, 2021 – Virtual TCC Annual Meeting (Lecture TBD)
Lecture speakers to be selected and engaged by TCC President Scott Hanson

Thursday, November 11, 2021"I saw three ships..." - the ship and related prints used at the Swansea Pottery - a reassessment
Lecturer: Jonathan Gray, Author, Welsh Ceramic Specialist, London, England

Thursday, December 9, 2021Transferware for the Hospitality Trade
Lecturer: Ben Miller, Assistant Curator of Ceramics, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Past Lectures
These lectures have been recorded and are available to current TCC members on the TCC website. Member login required. TCC website.

From Rehe, China to Staffordshire, England; The Voyage of a Chinese Image presented by Ron Fuchs, Senior Curator, Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Transferware at the End of the World: Archaeology of a 19th Century Shipping Cargo in the Cape Horn Route presented by Dr. Dolores Elkin, archaeologist with Argentina´s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) based at the National Institute of Anthropology

Beyond Blue: Transfer Printing in Fancy Colours presented by Pat Halfpenny, Curator Emerita, Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur Museum

Contextualizing Transferware from Drayton Hall’s South Flanker Well, Charleston, SC. presented by Corey Heyward Sattes, Wexler Curatorial Fellow, Archaeology, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

Transferware In The Valley: Evidence Of English Transferware In New England’s Connecticut River Valley, 1820-1850 presented by Daniel Sousa, Assistant Curator at Historic Deerfield

From Trowel to Table: Ceramic Sherds Inform History Detectives at James Madison’s Montpelier presented by Leslie Lambour Bouterie, Visiting Curator of Ceramics at James Madison’s Montpelier and Visiting Scholar for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

And His Little Dog, Too: The Enoch Wood Pottery Memorized on a Mug, presented January 2021 by Angelika R. Kuettner, Associate Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Floral Prints as Sources for Patterns on Porcelain and Transferware; the Botanical and Gardening Obsession, presented December 2020 by Patricia (Pat) Knight, member of the TCC and the San Francisco Ceramics Circle.

The 'Etching Revival' and Transferware: Aestheticism on the Dinner Table, presented November 2020 by Jeff Ruda, Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California, Davis, and TCC member.

The Trade In British Transferware With The Dutch East Indies 1820-1940, presented September 2020 by Jaap Otte, Director of Development, Office of the Chief Information Office, the Smithsonian, Washington, DC.
Ceramic collectors groups are welcome to submit their online lectures for inclusion in forthcoming eNews editions. Please send information to

The Davenport pottery was first documented in a 1974 book by Terry Lockett then later by Terry Lockett and Geoffrey Godden (1989). The authors tell much about the ninety-three years of operation and the wide range of ceramics and glass produced. The pottery became a limited company on 23rd April 1881, trading as Davenport’s Ltd but ceased manufacturing and declared bankruptcy in March six years later. The land, buildings, equipment, molds and copper plates were all sold and Davenport’s pattern books have not been seen since. Auction notices reproduced by Lockett and Godden mention eleven tons of copper plates for auction, representing more than 300 of the most salable patterns, of which Lockett and Godden name nearly 100. Whilst some of the pattern names have extant examples, many do not and without the pattern books it is difficult to match new finds to the original pattern names. Read the article.

Death is an unpopular topic in our society and we may ask why anyone would want to include death-related imagery on items intended to decorate homes or to be used in the daily consumption of food and drink. A systematic trawl of the current TCC database reveals 104 patterns that are directly related to death. It would be tedious to show every one of them here and the examples that follow have been chosen to shed light on attitudes to death in the 19th century. A surprising number of these were found on children's wares as is shown in Judith Siddall's Database Discovery article 'Inappropriate Patterns for Children'. Hopefully the reasons for this 'inappropriate' behaviour will become apparent in this article. In the event the patterns may also teach us something about our own attitudes to death. To aid the flow of my argument I shall reserve technical details to the Endnotes. Read the article.
by Margie Williams

This is an in-depth exploration of a portion of the many, many pots as well as the individual patterns produced in pink. Over 300 unique patterns are illustrated and historically explored in detail, including a glimpse at English transferware’s mysteries − both solved and unsolved. 414 pages, 9 by 12 inches, Perfect binding $65.00 Get more information.
by Peter Hyland

The emergence of Herculaneum pottery in early nineteenth-century Liverpool marked a pivotal moment in the clay arts. This book provides a comprehensive history of Herculaneum pottery—highly sought after in North America—and its rapid rise to international prominence. Get more information.
The White Ironstone China Association
The White Ironstone China Association (WICA) welcomes anyone who is interested in 19th and 20th century white ironstone china. Established in 1994, WICA is a not-for-profit 501(c)iii corporation. Its purposes are to educate, stimulate, and maintain an interest in all matters pertaining to white ironstone china, and to promote the interchange of information between members in various parts of the world. Link to the site.
The American Ceramic Circle
The American Ceramic Circle (ACC) was founded in 1970 as a non-profit educational organization committed to the study and appreciation of ceramics. Its purpose is to promote scholarship and research in the history, use, and preservation of ceramics of all kinds, periods, and origins.​ The current active membership is composed of ceramics enthusiasts from many walks of life, including museum professionals, collectors, institutions, auction house professionals, and dealers in ceramics. Member interest is focused on post-Medieval pottery and porcelain of Europe, Asian ceramics of all periods, and ceramics made, used, or owned in North America. Link to the site.
Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
A Membership List updated in April 2021 is now available (for members only and only for non-commercial use). Download now. Please review your entry on the list, and notify us of any changes in your contact information.
Has Your Postal Mailing Address Changed?????
If you have moved but are not receiving your quarterly TCC Bulletin, you probably forgot to notify our member chair of your new address (this applies to email address changes also). The bulletin is mailed “bulk” and is not forwarded to new addresses by the USPS. Please notify the member chair directly:
More About Transferware Collectors Club

We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members. There is no charge for this member service. Following are the criteria:  
  • Limited to three quality images of item(s) for sale or example(s) of an item(s) you wish to purchase.
  • Include a very short description paragraph, including a link to your website and/or email address.
  • Dealers must be TCC members, limited to once/year maximum.
  • Requests will be processed in the order received, and there is no guarantee as to when your ad will be posted.
  • The TCC Web Administrator at his/her discretion has the right to reject inappropriate or inadequate submittals.


The Database Needs Editors 
Do you love a good mystery? Do you fancy yourself to be a Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple? If your answer is "yes", then you are the perfect candidate to join the ranks of TCC Database Detectives! Download more information.  

New Database Discoveries Articles Needed 
Please contact the web administrator with suggestions or contributions of future Database Discoveries articles. See Database Discoveries archives

Contributions Needed for Bulletin  
Bulletin editor Richard Halliday is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin.

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