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June 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
June Lecture
Friday, June 25, 2021

Transferware at the End of the World: Archaeology of a 19th Century Shipping Cargo in the Cape Horn Route
by Dr. Dolores Elkin, archaeologist with Argentina´s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) based at the National Institute of Anthropology
Description: Between 2016 and 2017 an archaeological rescue project was implemented after the accidental discovery on the coast of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina of what looked like a historic ship´s cargo. The assemblage was formed by a group of crates mainly containing 19th century English ceramics. Among the crates were transfer decorated pieces which allowed the first chronological and cultural assessment of the site. This lecture will provide a detailed illustration of the transferware items found and reveal various research strands related to the commercial exportation of British goods along the Cape Horn route.
Our Speaker: Dolores Elkin graduated with a Doctoral degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1996. That same year, she created the first Underwater Archaeology Program in Argentina. The goal was to initiate research of underwater archaeological sites as well as to create public awareness of their significant cultural heritage.

A professor at both the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of the Central Province of Buenos Aires, Dr. Elkin has lectured on both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an experienced diver, she engages with the sport and professional diving community and fosters joint efforts to preserve Argentina’s submerged cultural heritage.

Dr. Elkin has led several nationally and internationally funded projects involving shipwrecks from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries located in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Her work has resulted in an extensive publication record intended for both the academic community and the public at large. As an elected member and former president of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body to the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, she has also organized and participated in numerous national and international scientific events.
Join Zoom Meeting on Friday, June 25, 2021 1PM New York
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Hansons Auction
June 9th, 2021
Hansons Auctioneers are pleased to be offering a wide range of ceramics from various sources, and particularly from the Kentish collection, on the 9th of June. This will include a good variety of transferware, including Caramanian, Beemaster, chinoiserie, rural scenes, and many additional patterns. Extreme rarities such as Blossom, Shepherdess, Country Scene, and The Turk are amongst the Kentish offerings, as well as unusual forms. Catalogue link.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
Recorder News Issue 31 June 2021

Again, a wide mix with new items, new literary patterns, some interesting marks, and, unusual for us, a couple of Indian-related subjects. As usual, feedback would be welcome and we would love to hear news, views, or other contributions. Read more from this issue.
English Ceramic Circle Research Grant

Applications are welcome from members and non-members alike, with the aim to encourage new research into British Ceramics and Enamels c1600 to the present day. The overall "pot" is £4,000.

Applications must be received by the end of August 2021, with a Committee decision expected by the end of September 2021. Research should be completed over 12 months, and the findings presented to the ECC in late 2022, with publication in the 2023 Transactions. More details can be found on the ECC website.

Any questions should be sent to
Shown is a 5.5 inch jug made by John Hall (& Sons) 1814-1832. The pattern is unusual because the name of the pattern and the name of the maker are printed in the pattern. More information.

Members only: See pattern #4260 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Feathery Leaves and Blooms
This pattern is attributed to Malkin Edge and Co. From Staffordshire c. 1878-1900. It has a TCC Asssigned Name and is pattern #17845 in the database. Pattern and Source Print Database.

This brown-printed pattern is quite complex, and is a good illustration of how It is possible to consider more than one center pattern on a tile. The lines could have gone outward to the two interlocking squares, forming an 8-point star around the center seen here. In either case the borders are made up of two stems with 4 leaves each and partial daisy-type flowers. The group of 4 tiles is put together as on display in a fireplace surround or wall decoration. We see how this expands the partial motifs of the pattern into complete flowers and joined leaf stems. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
Bat Printing
Two examples from the bat printing process. Images by Robert Copeland. For additional images, visit the TCC website Image Gallery. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
Bulletin TCC 2021 Number 1 

Digital version available to members, printed copies have been mailedDownload/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, July 8th, 2021 – From Rehe, China to Staffordshire, England; The Voyage of a Chinese Image 
Lecturer:  Ron Fuchs, Senior Curator, Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA more info

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.

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.
June 8 – American Ceramic Circle
June 8 – Oxford Ceramic Circle
June 12 & 13 – The French Porcelain Society
American Ceramic Circle

Ferrin Contemporary in Conversation | Raid The Icebox:
Paul Scott, Beth Katleman, and curator Elizabeth A. Williams
Tuesday, June 8, 12 noon (Eastern)
For the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s Raid the Icebox exhibition, RISD Museum invited eight contemporary artists and collectives to mine the museum, taking inspiration from objects or incorporating objects into new installations that reconsider how collections can be reimagined.

Raid the Icebox Now with Paul Scott is on view at RISD Museum through December 31, 2021. The exhibition juxtaposes early 19th century printed Staffordshire wares drawn from the museum’s collection with Scott’s ongoing series New American Scenery, transferwares updated for the 21st century.

Raid the Icebox Now with Beth Katleman, on view through July 4th, also employs the tropes of the decorative arts to address contemporary issues. Katleman created an ornate, fully immersive period room of more than 10,000 individual porcelain elements that chronicles the transgressions--both real and imagined--of antiquarian Charles Pendleton.
Introduced by Leslie Ferrin, this virtual program brings together Scott and Katleman to discuss their experiences raiding the icebox with curator Elizabeth A. Williams, Ph.D., David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, including an unexpected collaboration that resulted in Scott’s New American Scenery platter, New York from Brooklyn (After Beth Katleman).
Register here: 

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Oxford Ceramic Circle

Introduction to Stoneware
by Colin Wyman
Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 (BST)

This is a series of three talks dealing with elementary aspects of each of the three classic groupings of ceramics - earthenware, porcelain and stoneware.

The third of these elementary talks looking at stoneware will be given by Colin Wyman on Zoom on Tuesday 8th June at 6.30pm BST.

The lecture is free to attend and open to all members and non-members.

To join, please click this link

Meeting ID: 955 1116 5966
Passcode: 557559

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The French Porcelain Society

The Art of the Dealer:
Selling Antique Ceramics, 1850 to 2000
Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 of June 17:00-19:30 (BST)
The French Porcelain Society is delighted to announce a two-day webinar on selling antique ceramics in the pre-digital age from 1850 to 2000.

The first day will focus on the dealer in the long nineteenth century, emerging from his chrysalis as a seller of ‘curiosities’ and ‘Old Sèvres porcelain’ to modern scholar-dealer, trading on an international stage, selling to museums through antiques fairs, themed exhibitions, lectures, specialist monographs and catalogues devoted to ceramics. Papers will consider the Parisian dealer Beurdeley, the furnishing of J. Pierpont Morgan’s London home and the dealers who supplied him and the rising market for oriental ceramics popularised by Edgar Gorer.

On day two speakers will consider the legacy and change that characterised porcelain dealing in the twentieth century with papers on Marjorie Merriweather Post and French & Company in the United States, the activities of Hanns Weinberg in the 1950s for the Antique Porcelain Company and finally Robert Williams at Winifred Williams Antiques. Each day will conclude with a panel discussion. You can download the full programme here.

This is a free event but registration in advance is required.
Zoom link for both days:

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Assessing Modern Theories On Swansea Transferware
by Arleen and Grahame Tanner

Diverse theories exist as to whether Samuel Hollins produced Swansea Pottery blue and white transfer ware. Indeed some researchers postulate that the Samuel Hollins’ Pottery produced very significant quantities of blue and white transfer ware. On the contrary our position is that Samuel Hollins did not produce any blue and white transfer printed wares. Further, the suggestion that patterns previously attributed to Swansea should now be reassigned to Samuel Hollins we see as incorrect. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate our reasons for holding this position. Read article. Read the article.
British Shipping Company China
by Connie Rogers

The database is made much richer with the patterns and information sent to us by TCC members. Aside from a willow pattern platter that I found many years ago with its mark of the Allan Line, I was not aware of the many types and styles of transferware produced in the U. K. for individual ships and shipping companies. Thanks to Frank Davenport we are building a very interesting array of patterns in the database on this subject. Frank has written two very well-documented articles for the TCC Bulletin on "The Ceramics from CSS Alabama" in the 2011 Fall Issue, Vol. XII No. 3 and "Confederate Navy Ironstone" in 2012 Vol. XIII No. 2. In addition, he has sent me dozens of photos of other transfer printed patterns used on British ships related to several different shipping companies. The purpose of this article is to provide a look at some of the different types of patterns and urge others to add to the category by sending me more photos and information. Read article.
19th Century Patterson Potters and Pottery
by Anthony Patterson

Released in 2021, this book presents history and wares manufactured by Patterson and associated potteries in the North East of England between 1821 and 1900. The book Includes details of pottery and marks never seen in any previous publication, and includes over 120 pictures of pottery. Read more. Get more information.
A Guide to Mason’s Patent Ironstone Patterns c1813 to c1848, A Mason’s Collectors’ Club Publication editor Malcolm Lewin

Edited by the Club Chairman, and compiled from Club research over the past 40 years, this new B5 size publication offers a full colour 175 page guide to Ironstone patterns produced by the Mason's factory from c1813 to c1848. Read more. Get more information.
The Spode Society was founded in 1986 to bring together collectors, museums and all lovers of Spode, Copeland and Garrett, Copeland and more recent Spode wares; to promote, share and study the history and products of the Spode factory, its workforce and the Spode and Copeland families. Link to the site.
The Tea Leaf Club International
The Tea Leaf Club is dedicated to the study and collection of Tea Leaf Ironstone China and its Variants, produced in England and America from the mid-19th century through the early 1900s. The Club boasts hundreds of members from almost every state in the union, as well as from Canada, who collect, study, love, and appreciate the simple beauty and endurance of Tea Leaf Ironstone China. 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.


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