Database of Patterns & Sources Count
16,804 patterns, 1,071 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
February 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
2021 Research Grant Proposals now being accepted
All grant applications must be received by May 4.

The Richards Research Grant Program is dedicated to supporting research focused on British transferware produced between 1750 and 1900. Annual funding for this program remains at $10,000. More information.
February Lecture
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
Description: The interpretation of a historic property relies on a highly collaborative team of “history detectives” to bring both the site and the personal stories of its residents to life. Archaeologists, curators, historians, preservationists, and educators tirelessly mine every clue to ensure historical accuracy. In this presentation, we will view the fruits of this collaboration during an armchair tour of Montpelier, with a focus on the impressive collection of ceramics which includes a wide variety of wares and many British transfer-printed patterns.

Montpelier, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located in central Virginia. It was home to James Madison, fourth president of the United States and his devoted wife Dolley, and also to a large enslaved community. The presidential home which has been meticulously restored and furnished, and the slave dwellings and outbuildings which have been carefully reconstructed and sensitively appointed after comprehensive research, skillfully illuminate the lives of those who lived and worked on the plantation.

The February lecture is co-sponsored by
The Transferware Collectors Club and James Madison's Montpelier.

Speaker Bio: Leslie Lambour Bouterie serves as the Visiting Curator of Ceramics at James Madison’s Montpelier and as a Visiting Scholar for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. A career educator and ceramic specialist, she provides consultation services to museums and historic sites; lectures, writes and enthusiastically shares her passion for British ceramics.
Upcoming Lecture
March 18, 2021 - Transferware in the Valley: Evidence of English Transferware in New England's Connecticut River Valley, 1820-1850
Lecturer: Dan Sousa, Assistant Curator, Historic Deerfield

Recent Lectures
These lectures have been recorded and are available to current TCC members on the TCC website. Member login required. TCC website.

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.
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2020 Total Member Donations $11,180

Bulletin TCC 2020 Number 3
The printed version has been mailed, however widespread postal delays that have been in the news has slowed delivery of the Bulletin to many members. Digital version available: 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.
Recorder News 28
This issue has an eclectic mix of items this time: an enigma with a donkey, a couple of unrecorded items, a successful identification of a country house view previously not located, yet another of those interesting non-potter’s marks, a request for images, and an exciting recent find revealing a new maker of the popular Village Church pattern. Read more.
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates – Winter Americana Auction
February 25 – February 27, 2021
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates will be holding its Winter Americana Auction February 25 through February 27, 2021. Thursday, February 25, will showcase part two of the ceramics collection of James Dunn, Springfield, VT, in addition to pieces from the John & late Evelyn Teague collection, Bloomingdale, IN. There will be a wide selection of transferware in all colors and forms featuring historical, romantic, and floral patterns, along with children’s pieces. The complete catalog will be posted by approximately February 12 at
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
Among the Sheep
Davenport (1794-1887) toast water jug known as Among the Sheep, ca.1820. It has a lovely wraparound print. More information.

Members only: See pattern #16103 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Aesthetic Floral with Branches
The pattern was produced by Sherwin & Cotton c. 1877-1900, and has hand-written Pattern No. 689 on the back of the tile. No reference has been found for the pattern; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. See Pattern #18412 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

The center pattern is found on a square tilted to diamond shape. The blue center flower head has white branches of leaves extending on all four sides on a black background. The border pattern is made up of four triangular shaped corners on a white background. Each display is a single blue flower on a stem with green leaves extending from each side. A grouping of this tile pattern shows a lovely 2nd pattern of four blue flowers pointing inward to form a decorative square backed in white. As you gaze at this grouping of 9 tiles, other motifs will be seen in black as the lines link with the blue flowers. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
A rare "no-smoke" day in Hanley, believed to be 1930s. Credit: Nicholas Panes, Facebook site The Pottery Manufacturers of Stoke on Trent. See past Photos of the Month.
Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
• The Charm of English Pink, vol. 1 The pots.
• Collecting English Pink, Appreciating, Understanding and Gathering English Transferware.
• American Historical English Pink.

One Partial Set of "English Pink” Series Free*
Free* (pay only for shipping, $25.00). Copies of the following TCC member Margie J. Williams’ books. Preference will go to a current TCC member, and a lottery will be conducted by the TCC web administrator if more than one member is interested; if no TCC member expresses interest, then we will open the lottery to a non-member. Determination of the “winner” solely at the administrator’s discretion. Contact the web administrator prior to February 14 at:

Ceramics and the Early American Frontier
Now available for online viewing, a lecture by TCC Board Member Brenda Hornsby Heindl, “Forging an American Identity Through Clay: Ceramics and the Early American Frontier. Courtesy of the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA. Watch Video

A research paper supported by TCC Grant funding

A distinct type of English filled-in transfer on pearlware appeared for a brief period in the 1820s, during the reign of George IV, made by some 17 small factories. Predominately jugs and mugs, they stand out with their brightly enamelled colouring on deep blue backgrounds, with transfer patterns that reflect the popular taste for Chinoiserie at the time. Of this filled-in transfer type on pearlware, the most common and widely copied pattern is ‘Boy in the door’, but a dozen or so other patterns have been found in this genre. Read the article.
A Picturesque Voyage To India By Way Of China, Database Discoveries – Contribution #22 Transferware Collectors Club by Michael Sack

Artists Thomas and William Daniell, uncle and nephew, are best known for their monumental work, Oriental Scenery (1795-1808), a collection of 144 elephant-folio size aquatints illustrating scenes of India from their eight-year sojourn there.
Many of those aquatints were used by potters in the 1820s as sources for Indian patterns on transferware. However, in order to get to India, the Daniells had to travel on East India Company ships first to China and then back-track to India. It is not recorded how long they remained in China, or for that matter, how long they were in China at the end of their journey waiting for a ship back to England. Read the article.
CHINOISERIE: Printed British Ceramics In The Chinese Style 1750-1900 by Richard Halliday and Loren Zeller

Generous support from the TCC Richards Foundation Research Grant Program helped to make this book possible. As an expression of gratitude, the authors offer the book at a discount to all current TCC members. The book’s retail price is £45.00 (est. $60.00 US). A website with much more information about the book and how to order it has just been launched. More info.
Extraordinary British Transferware 1780-1840 by R. and R. Halliday

This 320-page hard back book brings to the attention of the collecting public nearly 300 transferware items from 1780–1840, including examples of dinner ware, toilet and medical ware, and pieces for food preparation and storage. The exceptional pieces cataloged are uncommon in pattern, shape, use, or other factors; interesting in terms of history of its use; and/or thought provoking because its use is a mystery. More info.
International Willow Collectors
International Willow Collectors (IWC) is a group of people who collect willow-pattern china and other willow wares. Their primary purpose is to increase members knowledge and enjoyment of willow and to provide a network through which they can communicate with fellow collectors throughout the world. Link to site.
London Ceramic Circle at Moreley College
They are dedicated to the study of British and International Ceramics, both porcelain and earthenware, from the earliest Roman time up to the present day. They offer illustrated lectures by leading ceramic experts at Morley College, visits to places of ceramic interest, and a two-day Seminar in October each year. LInk to site.
Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
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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