Database of Patterns & Sources Count
16,905 patterns, 1,075 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
May 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
Dear TCC Member,

You are invited to participate in a very brief survey to share with us how you use the the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Please complete the survey by May 10, 2021.

The Transferware Collectors Club has received a generous donation from members Marcia and Klaus Zech to update the Database of Patterns and Sources to current software levels. While engaging in this effort with our developer, we will also explore ways to make the search process more efficient and productive. The information you provide in this very brief survey regarding your user experience may help us to better organize the search process for ease of use and improved results.
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.
May Lecture
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Beyond Blue: Transfer Printing in Fancy Colours

by Pat Halfpenny, Curator Emerita, Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur Museum
Description: After a brief glimpse of underglaze blue printing at the opening of this presentation, Pat will go on to introduce other late 18th century underglaze colour printing options including bi-colour printing which was undertaken on a small scale in the 1790s. The major focus of the talk will be on the new colours and processes introduced from the 1820s, and which became a standard part of production by the 1830s. The story concludes with the introduction of multi-colour printing from 1835 and its widespread use after the Great Exhibition of 1851.

The May lecture is co-sponsored by
The Transferware Collectors Club and the Northern Ceramic Society. 
Speaker bio: Pat Halfpenny specializes in the study of 18th & 19th century Staffordshire earthenwares. She began her career in 1967 at the City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England, where she was Keeper of Ceramics from 1980-1995. From 1995-2009 she served as Curator of Ceramics & Glass, then Director of Museum Collections Winterthur Museum, Delaware, USA. In 2013 she was made Curator Emerita, Ceramics & Glass, for Winterthur Museum in recognition of her contributions.

Pat is currently on the Board of The Friends of Blue and is Chair of the Northern Ceramic Society. As an independent ceramic researcher, she continues to curate, write, lecture, and contribute to websites about ceramics.
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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.
Jeffrey S. Evans And Associates
Collection Of Nick Routson, Phoenix, Arizona
May 22nd
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates will present part one of the collection of Nick Routson, Phoenix, Arizona on May 22 at our gallery in Mt. Crawford, VA. This comprehensive collection, which comprises nearly 1,000 pieces overall, will be presented over the course of four unreserved auctions. The full, detailed online catalogue is now available and a special printed catalogue for this auction will be available May 7. The printed catalogue consists of 138 pages and features 474 lots. Cost is $25 plus postage. Part two of the collection will be included in our November 18-20 Premier Americana auction. Bidding is available in house, by absentee and phone, and live bidding through several internet sites.
Visit for more information. Call 540.434.3939 or email to order a printed catalog.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
Pashkov House, Moscow
Shown is Pashkov House, Moscow printed on an 8.5 inch plate. More information.

Members only: See pattern #994 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Blue Flower Head
This pattern was produced by Henry Abraham Ollivant, c. 1890-1908. An impressed name mark and a printed "c.o.v." are found on the tile back in addition to a partial pattern number. There is no pattern name; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. It is pattern #18122 in the database. Ollivant produced many lovely tile designs, mostly floral, that can be seen in the database by searching for makers using the Browser tab. Pattern and Source Print Database.

The center consists of a single bright blue flower head. The ornate leaf shapes in the four corners with flower buds on each side add a wonderful Aesthetic tone to the pattern. The beauty of the design is even more apparent when viewing the diagonal grouping as would be used on a flat surface such as a wall or fireplace. It is interesting to compare this center blue flower head with the more complex treatment by Sherwin & Cotton in database pattern #18412 that was Tile of the Month in February 2021. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
Blue Room, Spode Pottery, Stoke-On-Trent
View of the famed Blue Room at the Spode pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Photos by Robert Copeland, from the TCC website Image Gallery. For more information, visit the website of the Spode Museum Trust. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
Upcoming Lectures

FRIDAY June 25, 2021 (Note change of date from June 10) Transferware at the End of the World: Archaeology of a 19th Century Shipping Cargo in the Cape Horn Route
Lecturer: Dr. Dolores Elkin of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano (INAPL) more info
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

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

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.
Antislavery Ceramics

Although only one and a quarter inches in diameter, the medallion’s image of a kneeling slave in chains imploring “Am I Not a Man and a Brother” was the first, most common, and most effective anti-slavery image created by the abolition movement. The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade chose it for its seal, and Benjamin Franklin declared that the medallion’s effectiveness in America was “equal to that of the best written Pamphlet, in procuring favour to those oppressed People.” Read the article.
The Architecture Of Charles Bulfinch On Historical Blue Staffordshire
Part 1: The Early Buildings, 1790-­1807
Part 2: The Later Buildings, 1810-­1832 by Goldberg, Hayden

These are two of four articles authored by transferware collector and researcher Hayden Goldberg and originally published in The Magazine ANTIQUES. LInk to Part 1 and link to Part 2.
H&R Daniel Earthenwares, by John and Jeannette Simpson, with Brian Smith and Bryan Beardmore

This is the first book to attempt a comprehensive survey of the various shapes and patterns produced in earthenware by H&R Daniel and to differentiate them from other contemporary manufacturers such as Thomas Dimmock & Co, to whom they are frequently attributed.
Brian Smith and Bryan Beardmore have between them over fifty years experience in identifying and collecting Daniel, and are co-authors of the most recent work on Daniel porcelain tablewares. John and Jeannette Simpson had considerable experience as technical authors before being drawn into the ceramics world, and since 2010 have been editors of the Journal of the Daniel Ceramic Circle. Get more information.
A Potted History, Henry Willett’s Ceramic Chronicle of Britain by Stella Beddoe

Assembled between 1860 and 1900, the Willett Collection of Pottery and Porcelain is unique in being the only collection in public ownership (Brighton & Hove Museums, UK) to illustrate what Henry Willett called ‘popular British history’, through the medium of ceramics. It is of enormous importance for its innovative approach to collecting, for the outstanding quality of many of its individual pieces and for the fact that it is intact over 100 years after it was formed. Get more information.

The San Francisco Ceramic Circle brings ceramics enthusiasts together with people broadly interested in visual arts. The topics range from earthenware to porcelain, from traditional handcrafts to art studios to industrial production, and from antiquity to the present—everything on view at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and beyond. They emphasize Europe and North America, but many areas of historic and contemporary ceramics appear in their programs. Link to the site.
The Scottish Pottery Society
Their members have a passion for Scottish ceramics and study (mostly) the Industrial Potteries from 1750-1950 and share their work via talks, publications and online. 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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New Database Discoveries Articles Needed 
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