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March 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
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The TCC meeting committee is closing in on a venue and date for our 2023 national meeting. We’re looking at a major East Coast city, likely in late September or October. We know that members want to reserve the dates in their calendars, and will transmit a Special eNews as soon as plans are solidified.


Congratulations to long-time TCC member, bulletin editor, transferware scholar/author, and friend, Richard Halliday, and his new wife, Victoria, recently married! We wish them the best.


You can still renew your membership in the

Transferware Collector’s Club for 2023.


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The TCC Bulletin

Access to the Database of over 17,000 patterns

Invitations to Meetings and Seminars

TCC Sponsored Videos and Articles Featuring Transferware

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When you renew your membership, please consider making a tax deductible donation to support our club’s educational mission. Your contributions ensure that member benefits like the Database of Patterns and Sources, the Bulletin, Annual Meetings, the Transferware Worldwide Lecture Series, and our many other online activities continue to provide the information and enjoyment you seek.

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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:


Linda and Joseph Arman


We are saddened to learn that Linda Arman, one of five TCC founding members, passed away in December 2022. Linda was pre-deceased by her husband, David, also a TCC founding member, and our first president. Together, Linda and David operated Collectors Sales & Service (CSS) in Newport, Rhode Island. Those of us of a certain age will remember bidding by phone from a printed/mailed catalogue of transferware pottery and American glass (prior to Internet auctions), and engaging with Linda (the primary “voice” of CSS) and her extensive knowledge base. David and Linda were well-known for their generous volunteering of time and scholarship. Their numerous jointly produced articles and references on American historical transferware bear this out, and they were always available to respond to enquiries, even if there was no profit to be had. An obituary in the Newport Daily News (and source of the accompanying photograph) is available at


We have also learned of the earlier passing of Linda and David’s son, Joseph, who was long active as a transferware and New England glass dealer. 


April 20th, 1PM EDT

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

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Meeting ID: 848 1699 0960

Passcode: 867182

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Description: Scott Alves Barton holds a Ph.D. in Food Studies from New York University, is a faculty fellow in Race and Resilience at the University of Notre Dame. He had a 25-year career as an executive chef and culinary educator. Ebony magazine named him one of the top 25 African American/Diaspora chefs. His research and publications focus on women’s knowledge, the intersection of secular and sacred cuisine as a marker of identity politics, cultural heritage, political resistance, and self-determination in Northeastern Brazil. Recent publications include “Radical Moves from the Margins: Enslaved Entertainments as Harvest Celebration in Northeastern Brazil,” in The Body Questions: Celebrating Flamenco’s Tangled Roots, “Food and Faith,” in Bryant Terry’s Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from the African Diaspora. His exhibition, Buried in the Heart: A Repast for Angels and Martyrs focusing on anti-black violence, funerary foods and African Diaspora ancestral worship opened in January at Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee as part of his ongoing Call & Response residency as public scholar. Barton’s previous residencies include Juba/Sanctuary, honoring the beginning of enslavement, 1619-2019. Barton is currently writing a companion manuscript for this exhibition, Reckoning with Violence and Black Death: Repasts as Community Ritual.

Our Speaker: Scott has been a fellow at Instituto Tepoztlán, Vanderbilt’s Issues in Critical Investigation, Fundação Palmares and has served as a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Scott is a board member of The Association for the Study of Food and Society, Secretary/Treasurer of The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, Co-Chair of the African Diaspora Religions Unit within the American Academy of Religion, and a board member of The Indigo Diaspora Arts Alliance. Scott has been working as a curriculum consultant to the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, N.Y., the African Diaspora Heritage educational gardens at the New York Botanical Gardens, and the Center for Culinary Development. This autumn, Scott will continue at Notre Dame as a an Assistant Professor in Africana Studies.

Upcoming Event 2023:

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.


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.


Chalees Satoon #2 pattern

This month’s free online puzzle features an earthenware Dutch shape jug printed in underglaze blue with the Chalees Satoon #2 pattern. The Chalees Satoon was a forty-pillared pleasure pavilion attached to the palace of the Emperor Akbar in the Fort of Allahabad in India. A grayscale reproduction of the source print by the Daniells (1795 – 1808) for the pavilion appears behind overlaid images of both sides of the same jug. 

This pattern varies from “Chalees Satoon #1” in that it has an additional mosque-like building placed on each side of the central building. Like most India scene patterns, it includes other minor elements drawn from several other Daniell prints. In the TCC Pattern Database, it is # 598.

A comprehensive printed resource on this and many additional views of India on transferware, authored by TCC member Michael Sack, is available for purchase through the TCC website: “India on Transferware: A compendium of Indian Scenes on Transferware Together with Their Source Prints”

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

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


The Trade in British Transferware with the Dutch East Indies 1820-1940

Lecturer:  Jaap Otte

Enjoy this first Transferware Worldwide Series lecture by TCC Member Jaap Otte. In this lecture, Jaap Otte discusses the organization of the trade of European ceramics to the Dutch East Indies during the period 1820 to 1940, as well as the efforts to cater to preferences of the local population. Watch Video.


Residence Interior Wall

A residence interior wall with various items, enhanced with just one transferware platter. The pattern is “Masonic Institution for Girls, St George’s Field, Southwark”. This example is 11.5 X 14 inches, smaller than the example shown in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, where it is record # 3886. The building was constructed in the late 18th c and housed up to 100 orphaned daughters of freemasons through 1856. Although the maker is unknown, a retailers mark on the reverse names John Burn, Newport Market, London, and includes the name J.J. Cuff, who operated a tavern and coffee shop on the premises in 1805 and at least through the printing of this platter, probably the 1820s. TCC members can view the DB entry for additional information. See past Photos of the Month.

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


Elephant and Howdah #02

This pattern is known as Elephant and Howdah #02. For members, it is pattern #16971 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. What is a Howdah? It is a seat for riding on the back of an elephant or camel. It usually has a canopy, and it may have room for more than one person.

View larger image and past Patterns of the Month.

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


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 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 or David Hoexter:


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:

 David Hoexter:


Connecticut Ceramic Circle and Greenwich Decorative Arts Society

March 13, 2023 2PM EST

The Lost Porcelain of World War II: Restitution and Ceramics 

by Lucian Simmons, Vice-Chairman, Worldwide Head of Restitution and Senior Specialist, Global Fine Arts Department, Sotheby's NY.

The lecture is sponsored by CCC Member Carol Lyden.

Lucian Simmons will speak about the fate of many of the great ceramic collections of pre-war Europe. He will touch on the Meissen collections of Franz and Margarete Oppenheimer and Hermine Feist, as well as the encyclopaedic collections of Emma Budge and the Rothschild family. He will also discuss the role ceramics played in philanthropy and connoisseurship in Weimar Germany, giving examples from collections that he has researched.


Mr Simmons has a legal background, having been called to the Bar in 1984 and later re-qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, which he remains. He works extensively with art collectors and their advisors throughout North America and Europe and has been involved in the sale of some of the most significant artworks to come to auction in recent years. He has worked on restitution and provenance issues since 1997 and has been involved in the resolution of claims to artworks worth in excess of $850 million.


Follow this link to register for the Zoom lecture.

San Francisco Ceramic Circle

April 23, 2023 Save the Date.

Confrontational Ceramics

Dr. Judith Schwartz, Professor Emerita, Department of Art, New York University

Live at the Gunn Theater and virtual via Zoom.

TCC Worldwide Leture Series

April 20th, 1PM EDT

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

See details above.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 848 1699 0960

Passcode: 867182

To find the correct time in your area, use this site:

San Francisco Ceramic Circle

May 16, 2023 Save the Date.

Looking Forward and Back: Diverging Aesthetics in American Art Pottery

Dr. Adrienne Spinozzi, Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum

Co-sponsored with the American design and Arts Forum. Virtual via Zoom.

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.


India for Transferware Collectors by Michael Sack

Author Michael Sack describes the 2020 tour by 13 transferware enthusiasts to India. The group visited a number of sites that were painted by British artists in the 18th and early 19th century and subsequently incorporated as views on transferware. Images of the pottery, source prints, and locations as they appear today are included. Read this article.

Database Discovery #16 - A Scottish Mystery November - 2014 by Michael Sack

My friend saw on eBay a 2-7/8” plate titled “Indian Chiefs” and asked me if I knew of a source print for it. It was made by John Thomson at the Annfield Pottery in Scotland, which was active 1826 to 1883. I told him that the pattern was in the TCC database without a source print, but his curiosity as a historian drove him to do some research on his own. To my surprise, he found not a print, but another source for the pattern. The pattern seems to be derived from the coat of arms of the Bank of Montreal, shown here on one of the bank’s newer buildings. Read more.


The Spode Blue Room: An Introduction, by Michael Escolme

With a TCC Richards Foundation Grant, Michael Escolme has written and published an excellent Guide to the Spode Museum Blue Room. The guide provides visitors with important historical facts and images of this treasured room. 

The Blue Room contains hundreds of blue transfer-printed pieces made at Spode between c.1790-1847 and is almost certainly the largest and most important collection of Blue and White printed ceramics on public display in the world. The guide provides visitors with important historical facts and images of this treasured room. This guide is available for download to TCC members. More information.

India on Transferware, by Michael Sack

Every known scene of India on transferware is included in one book, together with photos (where available) of both the patterns and the source prints from which they were derived. Each pattern and its source prints (sometimes there are as many as five) are shown side by side so that they can easily be compared. More information


Flow Blue International Collector's Club

They are a group of nearly eight hundred of the world’s friendliest folks, including over seventy generous dealers, bound together by our love, and occasional lust, for flow blue and mulberry china. Our mission is to promote and increase the collecting, interest, knowledge, and enjoyment of flow blue and mulberry china. Visit the site.

Friends of Blue

Friends of blue was formed over 40 years ago and offers an opportunity for beginners and experts alike to share their interest in printed pottery. The members only pages offer exclusive access to resources including Bulletin Archive, the FOB Occasional papers, Papers shared by other societies with FOB members, and coming soon – an updated gallery of teapots. 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:


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.  

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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