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February eNews 2023

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 [email protected].
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2023 Research Grant Proposals now being accepted

All grant applications must be received by May 4.

Launched in 2009, 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. A summary of winning proposals from previous years is available hereDownload application.

For More Information, Contact: Dan Sousa, Grant Administrator: [email protected]


The January 2023 lecture is now available for viewing on the TCC website (members only). Poetically Posh: Richard Briggs’s Longfellow Jug and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the American Home

Speaker: Elizabeth Palms, Robert and Elizabeth Owens Curatorial Fellow, Winterthur Museum Garden and Library Login and view now.

Upcoming Events 2023:

April 20th: 19th Century English and Low Country Vessels Created by Makers Josiah Wedgwood, Enoch Wood, and Enslaved David Drake

Speaker: Scott Alves Barton, Faculty Fellow in Race and Resilience at Notre Dame

July 20th: The British Buzz: The Relevance of Beekeeping to 19th century British Ceramic Design

Speaker: Leslie Lambour Bouterie, Independent Scholar, Visiting Curator of Ceramics at James Madison’s Montpelier and Visiting Scholar for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Plan to join fellow ceramic enthusiasts for this informative lecture series. Specific details regarding access links to each Zoom lecture will be provided via email prior to each presentation date. Past lectures available for viewing on the TCC website to members only.


Special Offer All Four Volumes of the Transferware Recorder 

(Dick Henrywood, Author).

Available for a limited time period, all four TW Recorder volumes at a special discount. 

More Information.


Back in November 2022 The Minton Archive pointed towards the City Archives’ new microsite, Stoke-on-Trent City Archives is Moving, which has been built to provide information and status updates related to the service’s upcoming move to a dedicated space within The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. As part of that remit the Moving Blog was set up to help the team show some of the ongoing work behind the scenes… and now it’s spawned a vlog!

These video blog posts revolve around a series of virtual Store Tours designed to show off some of the strongrooms and secure spaces not usually accessible to the public, and we thought we’d highlight the first two vlogs here as they both include references to the Minton Archive. In the first, a walk round the basement strongrooms of “B” and “C”, our cameo appearance occurs near the middle at the 2:10 mark when some of the Minton Archive’s shelved items, including the Art & Design folio boxes, get a mention. If, during the almost seven years of Folio Friday installments, you’ve ever wondered where these beautiful items have been resting when out of the limelight, here’s your answer! Read more and watch video.


There are no auctions at this time.

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 

with an emphasis on transferware.


The Apothecary

This chinoiserie pattern was inspired by a c. 1759 drawing by Jean-Baptiste Pillement, a French painter and designer whose importance lies primarily in the engravings done after his drawings, and their influence in spreading the Rococo style and particularly the taste for chinoiserie throughout Europe. This British transferware platter is an example of that. No recorded pattern name or manufacturer has been identified, so it has a TCC assigned name. It is pattern number 2176 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, which also shows an arcaded and molded earthenware dessert plate in this pattern. Other Apothecary patterns in the database based on this source print can be seen by searching for "Ladies Amusement."

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."


Title: Transferware in Two Historic Maine Houses

Description: Lecturer: Scott Hanson

Transferware in Two Historic Maine Houses was presented at the 2021 TCC Annual Meeting. Take a look at transferware collections in two historic Maine Houses, the Dow Farm in Standish and the Whitten House in Topsham. The Donald Essman/Dow Farm Collection resides in a 1760’s farmhouse with 19th century additions which has received a museum-quality restoration over the past 45+ years. Don Essman and his husband Mike Bendzela have partnered with Dow family descendants to restore the farm and along the way a collection of British transferware pieces in a variety of patterns has been assembled for display and use in the house. Some of the patterns are documented to have been in the house historically and others chosen because they are appropriate to the restored period rooms. This is a wonderful opportunity to see British transferware displayed in restored rooms as it was seen and used in the United States in the mid-19th century.

Whitten House was home to the family of a woolen mill owner for two generations, from 1830 to 1941. It then spent 60 years as the local public library before being purchased by TCC president Scott Hanson in 2003. While restoring the house, Scott unearthed numerous transferware shards under and around the house. He will show us what was found and then tell us of his efforts to identify the patterns and collect pieces in those patterns, returning the Whitten’s China to their house – while adding a few new themes of his own. Link to video.



Undated photo. Courtesy of Peter Lovatt in Potteries of Stoke on Trent Facebook site. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the “Photo of the Month.”



Shown is a ceramic Valentine: “Kiss Me Quick.” It is #12316 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. View larger image and past Patterns of the Month.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."


Recorder News #39 January

Dick Henrywood has issued the Recorder News, “designed to keep everyone in touch with progress in publishing The Transferware Recorder". 

This issue includes several new discoveries, with patterns from

literature or British views, plus a couple of aesthetic period plates, and a very rare, previously unrecorded mark. One of the aesthetic plates is particularly appropriate for Burns’ Night this month, and one of the literature-related pieces was made

in Spain. Read more.

Call for papers, Two-Day Wedgwood Symposium

A two-day symposium on new research avenues for Wedgwood studies will be held June 30 and July 1, 2023, in London and Barlaston, England. Deadline for submission of papers is February 15, 2023. Download information. Go to V&A website.


Looking for anyone with a passion for the beauty and history of transferware who would like to help record lovely old patterns for a worldwide audience. The Database of Patterns and Sources is maintained by a team of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. You could be one of them! We're currently looking for editors in Romantic patterns, Literature and Performing Arts, and Tiles, but let us know your interests and we can find a spot for you. Contact Len at [email protected] for more information!


2022 Vol. XXIII No. 2

The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available on the TCC website. The printed version should have been received by members. If you have not received your copy, please check the members directory on the TCC website and make sure your address is correct.

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): Pountneys, Bristol: A Case Study of Transfer Printed Earthenware in India, by Jaap Otte. Members, download/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! Search Index.

Bulletin editor is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: 

Richard Halliday [email protected] or David Hoexter: [email protected]


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. We would especially welcome articles from our growing number of archaeologist members.

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: [email protected]
 David Hoexter: [email protected]


Connecticut Ceramics Circle

February 13th, 2023 2PM (EST)

The Pursuit of Porcelain: Maiolica, Faience and Delft:

Chasing Tin-glaze Production Across Europe

by Justin Raccanello, Author, Independent Scholar and Dealer, London, UK

Sponsored by Robin Schirrmeister in Memory of Andrew Schirrmeister


Justin Raccanello leads us on a tour of European locations of tin-glaze production in the years before the secret of porcelain production was widely disseminated.


When the first porcelain from China arrived in Europe, it was regarded as an almost magical material -- hard, white and translucent, unlike anything seen before. The discovery that the addition of tin to a ceramic glaze would produce a white surface similar to porcelain allowed potters to use terracotta to imitate the Chinese product, which they attempted with varying degrees of success from humble tableware to luxury items that furnished ducal and princely palaces.


The spread of this new technology around the Mediterranean and then into Northern Europe can be traced by the various names that it acquired along the way, maiolica in Italy, faience in France, delft in the Low Countries and England. How did these names originate, and did they have any relevance? After all, the word for porcelain is similar in most Western European languages, why is there such variety in the names describing tin-glaze?


From the European origins in Spain, we will discover some of the personalities and objects involved in this dispersion until it was finally eclipsed by the discovery in Europe in the 18th century of how to make porcelain in the Chinese manner. 


Justin Raccanello is a London antique dealer and graduate of the Christie's Fine Arts Course. A familiar face at TEFAF and Frieze Masters as well as London Art Week, he has also published various essays on the history of ceramics and collecting.


Register for the lecture at:

SOAS University of London

February 13th – 16th, 2023

Islamic Ceramics: Collection Histories

This week-long course will explore the richness and variety of the ceramics from the Middle East and the admiration they inspired in their own time, but also much more recently when they were being acquired by European and American collectors. Lectures will be delivered by leading scholars and curators from the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Courtauld in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. The course will also feature visits to the superb ceramic collections of the V&A and to the famous Syrian and Turkish tiles in the ‘Arab Hall’ at Leighton House, newly-reopened after an extensive conservation project.


The course is convened by Dr Melanie Gibson and run in association with the Oriental Ceramic Society. Attendees will be eligible for a free one-year membership to the Society. Existing OCS members are eligible to register for a discounted fee.


Capacity for this course is strictly limited and places are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, please go to the SOAS website. To book your place, please click here.  


If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact Patrick Monger [email protected].

English Ceramic Circle

February 18, 2023 – 4pm (UK)

Tracing the Source of Chinoiserie Designs on 18th and 19th-Century Ceramics

by Loren Zeller

This lecture will provide a cross-cultural view of the combined influence of ceramic and print media that fuelled the success of chinoiserie designs for western factories. It focuses specifically on chinoiserie design sources used to decorate ceramic wares in Continental Europe and the British Isles during the 18th and 19th centuries. Dr. Zeller will illustrate important print and ceramic sources used by factories during this period, analyse how they served to inspire new designs, and identify the iconographic features of Chinese origin that appeared both on painted porcelain items from the Orient and in the chinoiserie designs by western artists used in the decoration of ceramics.

Whether chinoiserie designs were conceived in the porcelain factories of Jingdezhen or in the artists’ studios in the West, the examples provided in this paper reveal how these designs were imitated and re-interpreted for the purpose of supplying the market with attractive ceramic patterns. Present in all were the Chinese motifs that symbiotically provide a window into what was perceived as being life in the Orient.

Loren L. Zeller, PhD. An author, lecturer, and consultant, Dr. Zeller has collected and researched ceramic chinoiserie designs for more than thirty years. He is co-author with Dr. Richard Halliday of Chinoiserie: Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style, 1750-1900, published in 2018. His work on 18th and 19th century British and European ceramic design has appeared in several ceramic journals including a recent article titled “The Influence of Jean-Baptiste Pillement’s Art on Ceramics”, published in the 2020 edition of ECC Transactions. An expanded version of the content from this new lecture will appear in the 2023 edition of ECC Transactions.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 915062

San Francisco Ceramic Circle

February 26, 2023 11am Pacific Time

Majolica Mania

given by Earl Martin, Deborah & Philip English Curator of Decorative Arts, Design and Material Culture, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore


Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Bristol Museums

February 27-28, 2023 10am-5pm

Digging for Delftware, an international symposium 

Comprising over 2000 pieces, Bristol Museum has one of the largest and most important collections of delftware in the UK. For over 100 years, Bristol was a leading manufacturer of delftware, producing objects that were exported across the globe.

Bristol Museum has been working for two years on a project funded by Arts Council England to research and re-display its collection of English delftware. 

In celebration of the project, this two-day symposium will bring together specialists from around the world. They will share insights into delftware from Bristol and beyond and explore the latest international research in the field of delftware studies. 

There will also be an opportunity to visit the new displays and to see a selection of objects from our reserve collection. 


We will be joined by an array of experts including Karin Walton, Matthew Winterbottom, Ian Betts, Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Peter Francis, Femke Diercks, Roger Massey, David Dawson, Dr Oliver Kent and Amanda Lange.

To see more information and to book tickets.

Spode Society

 Sunday June 18, 2023 - Save the Date

Annual General Meeting and Seminar


The venue has yet to be finalized, further information will be available on their website ( and social media and in the May 2023 issue of The Spode Review.  The meeting will be open to non members.


#13 - Yes – Transfer-Printed Tiles are in the Database by Connie Rogers

Tiles are among the earliest examples of the use of ceramic material for decorative purposes. We may think of the blue and white Dutch Delft tiles found on fireplace surrounds in the 18th century. As the popularity of tin-glazed tiles declined, the production of tiles dwindled away until the 1830s when heavy encaustic floor tiles were introduced. Other tiles used for major architectural schemes such as the adornment of walls also became popular. Our main interest is in the decorative art tile that came into its own from about 1870 to 1900, many of which were transfer-printed. Read more.

1820s Pearlware Filled-In Transfers; Patterns And Attributions by Pete Christmas

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 more.


Inside The Head Of A Collector, by Shirley M. Mueller, MD

The contents of this book are cutting edge, unique and sure to get attention. Mueller breaks new ground in an area not previously explored. Her information is relevant not only for collectors, but also for colleges, and universities which teach collection management, plus museum staff who interact with collectors and dealers of objects desired by collectors. Heavily illustrated with ceramics from Mueller's collection and packed with useful information, this book will become a required vital resource. Get more information.

The Nuneham Courtenay Pattern, by Richard Halliday

This book is full colour and has over 300 images. It tells the story of one of the most famous transfer-printed designs, and also explores the history behind the pattern. There are many historical images, source prints and modern-day photographs and supportive text. More info.


Daniel Ceramic Circle

The Daniel Ceramic Circle 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. Visit the site.

English Ceramics Circle

The English Ceramic Circle is dedicated to the study of ceramics manufactured, decorated, or used in the British Isles. The ECC offers an annual ECC journal, Newsletters and other ceramic volumes; meetings with talks on new research by ceramic experts; online access to the ECC archives comprising around 700 papers; handling sessions at museums/public collections and visits to private collections; and exclusive auction preview visits, including Bonhams and Woolley & Wallis. Visit the site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.


A Membership List updated in September 2022 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: [email protected]

We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members and auction houses. 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.  

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

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