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October 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
Zoom Meeting October 15th and 16th, 1PM to 3PM EDT each day

Please save the dates of October 15th and 16th for the TCC’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. With our membership spread across the globe, there is only a limited period each day when most members are up and about at the same time – approximately 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight time in the US. Spreading the meeting over two days will allow us to include a variety of virtual tours and presentations within this window of time that is workable for most members. Members, please check your email later this month for the Zoom link to the meeting.

  • The program will include a visit to the wonderful and extensive Eleanor and David Gestler Collection in western Pennsylvania. We will talk with Dave and daughters Kim and Carol, all TCC members and regular attendees at the Annual Meeting, about Eleanor and the collection. We may also get a glimpse of Dave’s extensive Early American Pressed Glass collection! A live Q&A session with the Gestlers will follow the video presentation.
  • We will also take a look at the Donald Essman/Dow Farm Collection in southern Maine. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see British transferware displayed in restored rooms as it was seen and used in the United States in the mid-19thcentury.
  • Also on the agenda is a visit to the remarkable shop of long-time transferware dealers Dennis and Ann Berard. It is not practical to hold a sale with the online virtual Annual Meeting, but we can have a conversation with Dennis and Ann about their many years as transferware dealers and get a look at the astounding variety of transferware pieces in their stock.
  • A brief Annual Business Meeting will be on the agenda. It will include reports from the Treasurer and Membership Secretary; updates on the TCC Database, Transferware Worldwide lecture series, the Richards Research Grant program, and the TCC website and social media activities; and election of Board members for the next year.
I hope you will be able to join us for all or part of the 2021 virtual Annual Meeting and look forward to seeing many of you in-person at the 2022 Annual Meeting! (more info)

Scott Hanson
TCC President
Bulletin TCC 2021 Number 2 

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): Voices of Potters Past. 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! Search Index search.

Bulletin editor is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts:
Download TCC member Loren Zeller’s recently published in-depth article “The Influence of Jean-Baptiste Pillement’s Art on Ceramics”, courtesy of the English Ceramic Circle.
The influence of Jean-Baptiste Pillement’s art on ceramics
 by Loren Zeller

While much has been written about Jean-Baptiste Pillement’s art and its role in the decorative arts in general, little attention has been given to the artist’s profound influence on ceramic design. Loren Zeller’s in-depth article describes the vital importance of the artist’s work in the field of ceramics. Read more.
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates
American Historical Transferware Collection of Nick Routson
November 17, 2021
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates will present part two of the American historical transferware collection of Nick Routson, Phoenix, AZ on November 17 at their gallery in Mt. Crawford, VA. The second installment of this comprehensive collection comprising nearly 1,000 total pieces features many rare forms and patterns including the State Arms platters for North Carolina, Georgia, and Massachusetts, and three plates from the Stephenson Medallion Portrait Series. The complete catalogue will be posted around November 5. Bidding is available in house, by absentee and telephone, as well as live bidding through several internet sites.
Visit for more information. Call 540.434.3939 or email Jeffreys Evans Auction site
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction
with an emphasis on transferware.
Whitten House Patterns
Transferware patterns owned by the 19th century Whitten family in Topsham, Maine and collected by the current owner of the Whitten House. They include dinnerware in the “English Cities” pattern by Enoch Wood & Sons (active 1818-1846) and teawares in the “Milkmaid” pattern by Thomas Rathbone & Co. (active 1810-1845). The maker of the child’s teaware set is unidentified. Such a set is listed in a Whitten family member’s estate inventory, as is the gold band ironstone tea set and the soft paste deer ornament. The Wood and Rathbone patterns were identified from shards buried on the property. The pieces are displayed in a stepback cupboard in the house’s restored 1827 kitchen. Go to the Puzzle. See past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."
Shown is the “Voyagers” pattern on a 4.75 inch plate by an unknown maker. More information.

Members only: See pattern #3973 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Musidora and Damon
Summer is fading, so why not a last remembrance? This 6X6 inch tile, Pattern #17437 in the TCC Database, is one of 12 in the Seasons series by John Thomson based on poems written c. 1725-1730. This is one of the three patterns that depict Summer in the series of tiles produced, featuring "Musidora and Damon". Four paintings titled "The Bather" by William Etty illustrate a scene from James Thomson's 1727 poem Summer in which a young man accidentally sees a young woman bathing naked, and is torn between his desire to look and his knowledge that he ought to look away. The scene on the tile shows Musidora seated by the water, wearing a long, flowing dress. An image of Damon is shown, looking on from the back right of the tile. Additional information in the Database entry. Pattern and Source Print Database. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
Transferware Children’s Mugs
Just a sampling of the hundreds of children’s mugs in the collection of Historic New England (HNA), located in the Boston MA vicinity. We viewed the mugs and much more at the HNA Collections and Conservation Center as part of our October 2013 Annual Meeting. Read more about the meetingRead about every TCC Annual Meeting. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
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:
A Membership List updated in August 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.
Upcoming Lectures

Thursday, October 15 & 16, 2021 – Virtual TCC Annual Meeting

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 more info

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.

Overglaze Printing on English Pottery 1750-1800 presented by Robin Emmerson, Freelance Decorative Arts Curator, Shrewsbury, England

Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins…”
presented by Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England

From Rehe, China to Staffordshire, England; The Voyage of a Chinese Image presented by Ron Fuchs, Senior Curator, Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Transferware at the End of the World: Archaeology of a 19th Century Shipping Cargo in the Cape Horn Route presented by Dr. Dolores Elkin, archaeologist with Argentina´s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) based at the National Institute of Anthropology

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.
The Oriental Ceramic Society

Chris Hall
October 6, 19:00 in Hong Kong / 12:00 noon in London
Our friends at the OCS Hong Kong will be hosting a new series of talks which introduces members to collectors and their collections. In this first talk on 6th October, Chris Hall will present some highlights from his collection and discuss his journey to becoming a world-renowned collector of Chinese textiles. Moderated by Executive Committee member Alex Lin, the conversation will highlight key turning points in his approach to collecting that have shaped the focus and nature of his collection. 
The talk commences at 19:00 in Hong Kong / 12:00 noon in London. Please navigate to the OCS HK website for further details and registration. A link to the event will only be sent to those who have pre-registered.
Yee Sookyung 이수경 on Yee’s renowned Translated Vase series
October 7, at 12:00 BST (UTC+1), 
Sang-ah Kim, the new Korean collections curator at the British Museum will be in conversation with Yee Sookyung 이수경 on Yee’s renowned Translated Vase series and some of her other works. Booking is essential. Please follow this link.
The event is in association with London Craft Week and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea. 
San Francisco Ceramic Circle

The Image of Perfection: Ceramic Figures as a Reflection of Society
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Leslie Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur Museum, Delaware—"The Image of Perfection: Ceramic Figures as a Reflection of Society”

Inside the Wedgwood Archives
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Lucy Lead, Archivist, V&A Collection at World of Wedgwood, Barlaston, England—"Inside the Wedgwood Archives”
Ceramic collectors groups are welcome to submit their online lectures for inclusion in forthcoming eNews editions. Please send information to
by Richard Halliday

In this excellent 204-page publication, Richard Halliday documents the outstanding and one-of-a-kind collection of the late Robin Greeves and provides an interesting social and historical perspective for these two often misunderstood forms of transfer-printed Staffordshire pottery. Richard's study includes a discussion of the role of "pickles" on 18th and 19th century English tables, a review of how pickle dishes and milseys were used, and a comprehensive and well-organized catalog of patterns and shapes. More information.
by A.D.M. Phillips and C.B. Phillips

The two major contributions of the Black Country and the Potteries that now dominate the county co-exist with smaller towns that in their day had similar standing as centres of the Mercian state.This book seeks to demonstrate by maps the various histories that contribute to the diversity of Staffordshire. With its succinct discussions and detailed map presentations of these themes, incorporating new thinking and recent research, the atlas provides an innovative and major contribution to the study of the history of Staffordshire. More information.
The British Antique Bottle Forum
The British Antique Bottle Forum, has been established since 2007 & has been a friendly community for the hobby of digging, buying, swapping & collecting antique bottles, pots & related items. They are teamed up with the Australian Antique Bottle Forum & become "Sister" forums working together to support & publicize the hobby. They hold quarterly competitions for members to enter, galleries for members to show off their collections, historical articles related to bottles & companies plus much more. Link to the site.
The Caughley Society
The Caughley Society was formed in 1999. Its aims are to educate the public in the subject of Caughley porcelains, to promote research and study in all matters relating to Caughley porcelain and to disseminate the useful knowledge gained for the public benefit. Link to the 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 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 
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New Database Discoveries
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