Database of Patterns & Sources Count
16,719 patterns, 1,070 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
December eNews 2020
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

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image: Water Lily pattern c. 1820, Wedgwood
Upcoming Lectures
December 10, 2020
Floral Prints as Sources for Patterns on Porcelain and Transferware; the Botanical and Gardening Obsession by Patricia (Pat) Knight, member of the TCC and the San Francisco Ceramics Circle.
In her talk “Floral Prints as Sources for Patterns on Porcelain and Transferware; the Botanical and Gardening Obsession” Patricia Knight will discuss the role of botany in the 18th century, the research at botanical centers and the popular interest in horticulture that led to books illustrated with botanical prints by Georg Ehret and to the Botanical Magazine published by William Curtis. As a result there was a profusion of botanical decoration on porcelain in the late 18th century. The second half of the lecture will concentrate on the botanical and floral prints of the 19th century that were seen on transferware pottery inspired by various garden magazines and books on horticulture.

About the speaker: Patricia Darrell Knight was born in England, studied English and European history at Southampton University and emigrated to the USA with her husband in 1960. Always a keen gardener she gained a landscape certificate in Boston. In 1984 she founded Patrician Antiques in Los Altos, CA specializing in 18th and 19th century porcelain, pottery, and silver. She continues to operate her business on the web. She is a long time member of the Transferware Collectors Club and the San Francisco Ceramic Circle. Her ceramic collecting interests include Staffordshire figures and wares, Regency period porcelains, Jugendstil and modern ceramics. As an enthusiastic gardener she has served on the Boards of the Western Horticulture Society and the Los Altos Garden club.
image: Water Lily pattern c. 1820, Wedgwood
Upcoming Lectures
January 14, 2021 - And His Little Dog, Too: The Enoch Wood Pottery Memorialized on a Mug
Lecturer: Angelika R. Kuettner, Associate Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

February 18, 2021 - From Trowel to Table: Ceramic Sherds Inform History Detectives at James Madison’s Montpelier
Lecturer: Leslie Lambour Bouterie, Visiting Curator of Ceramics at James Madison’s Montpelier and Visiting Scholar for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Recent Lectures
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.

If you missed either of these lectures members can watch the recording on the TCC website.
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Bulletin TCC 2020 Number 3
Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): English Transfer Printed Earthenware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. 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.
Hansons Auctioneers are proud to announce the ‘Christmas Curated Ceramics’ at Bishton Hall on the 9th of December
Lots will include early pearlware, creamware, porcelain, black basalt, Staffordshire figures and three private collections of transferware. Patterns include Beemaster, Shipping, Indian Sporting, Ladies of Llangollen, Caramanian, Durham Ox, and much, much more. 
Please contact Dr Richard Halliday for further details at for further details. Link to Hansons Auctioneers website.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
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Cosack (Sic) Mode of Attack
Shown is a 10.25 inch covered vase with painted rams head handles. The pattern is known as “Cosack (sic) Mode of Attack," as it is copied from the source print “Cosack Mode of Attack, Drawn after Nature and Dedicated to Napoleon the Great.” It satirizes Napoleon’s disastrous campaign in Russia in 1812. For more information, this is pattern #14781 in the TCC Database. More info.

Members only: for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Blue Carnations
Tile, 6 x 6 inches, The tile back has no information regarding the maker or pattern. No reference has been found for this pattern; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. Maker Unknown. See pattern #19714 in the database.

This tile features a brown printed carnation pattern with colors added. The blue swirls provide the unusual color for the carnations, and the sinuous narrow green leaves dominate the pattern with a monogram type of design.

The floral and scroll two-colored pattern set in each corner seems unrelated to the center carnations; however, it makes a striking secondary pattern when the tiles are grouped together for a wall display. See the two groups of 9 tiles here, one set on the diagonal, to demonstrate the ways the pattern can be used. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
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 pending TCC Bulletin, available December 2020.

Images from the TCC website Image Gallery. See past Photos of the Month.
Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
A Membership List updated in August 2020 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.
Where Do Patterns Come From? Or Who Decided Delaware Looked Like This? by Pat Halfpenny

The plates were presented to the museum in the town of Hanley in1904 by Ralph Hordley. It is admittedly a random assortment of printed pottery but it isn’t what is on the front, but what is on the back of many of them, that provides some insight into the subject. Some of the plates have nothing but the accession number on the reverse, but in a number of cases, there is an additional paper label with more information. It is likely that they all had such a label at one time but it’s not surprising that some of them became detached given the extensive packing, unpacking and movement of the collections during two world wars and their housing in three different museum buildings; perhaps the labels had even disappeared before the 1904 gift. Read the article.
Wood’s Italian Scenery Database Discoveries – Contribution # 3 Transferware Collectors Club by Len Kling

Very little is known today about the life of early 19th century artist Elizabeth Frances Batty. She was the sister of Captain Robert Batty, a member of the Grenadier Guards whose military career was ended by wounds received at the Battle of Waterloo, and who was also an artist. Although like her brother Elizabeth was a member of the Royal Academy, she was not as prolific, her own career doubtlessly curtailed by marriage (to Philip Martineau) and motherhood. Robert's drawings were the basis for a number of illustrated travel books, French Scenery, German Scenery, Welsh Scenery, and others; published in the 1820s and 1830s; however Elizabeth's principal claim to fame came first, and it could be reasonably assumed that his similarly named works were an effort by his publishers to continue her success. Read the article.
Spode Greek 
by Nicholas Moore

Spode Greek is a one hundred and seventy page soft-back publication by Nicholas Moore. It will serve as an invaluable reference work for Greek pattern collectors, historians and transferware enthusiasts alike. The author has been collecting Spode transfer printed pottery for over thirty years and during that period, developed a major interest in Spode’s Greek patterns. The past eight years has seen Nicholas research every aspect, including historical contexts, of this extremely striking pattern. The book is fully illustrated with over two hundred and fifty full-colour illustrations along with nearly fifty black and white source print images. Not only does the book cover the whole pottery side of the Greek pattern, it also majors on the diverse and rich history behind these patterns which goes back nearly 2500 years. The book is laid out in a very careful way that shows each pattern alongside the relevant source material and/or any corresponding elements from the Spode manufacturing process. More info.
The Cambrian Company: Swansea Pottery In London 1806-1808 
by Jonathan Gray

In 1808, James Christie II was employed to sell the remaining stock of the Cambrian Company, the London Warehouse of the Swansea Pottery located at 64 Fleet Street. The auction sales, between February and April 1808, comprised around 14,000 pieces in over 1,000 lots, similar in scale to the Wedgwood & Bentley disposals in 1781. Much of the finest pottery made in Swansea was included in these 1808 sales - pieces decorated with Nelson, the Welsh Bard, Birds and Butterflies etc. However, letters in Philadelphia prove that the Warehouse, established just eighteen months before in the middle of 1806, was opened to showcase Lewis Weston Dillwyn’s lustre. Despite the clear artistic success, the auction sales point to a commercial failure. Notwithstanding Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in 1805, the global economy remained depressed, with trade disrupted given the actions of the British, French and Americans, culminating in Jefferson’s Embargo Act of 1807. More info.
The Daniel Ceramic Circle (DCC)
This website is where you will find accurate and up-to-date information and the latest research into the manufactory of H & R DANIEL pioneers of enamelling and gilding techniques, and producers of some of the finest ceramics of their day. Link to site.
The English Ceramics Circle
The English Ceramic Circle (or ECC for short) is the oldest society dedicated to the study of British ceramics and enamels. Members interested in ceramics at all levels of knowledge are always made welcome. Founded in 1927, they aim to advance
knowledge by presenting new research on these subjects at our meetings and by publishing this research. The Circle`s worldwide membership embraces collectors, curators, archaeologists, potters, auctioneers, dealers, social historians and all those with an interest in the history of ceramics made in the British Isles. LInk to site.
Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
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.


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