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TCC Bulletin Vol. XXV No. 1

Current issue is available for members to download here. Printed version has been mailed. Free to all is a sample article: Transferware from the Thames by Richard Hemery.

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2024 Vol. XXV No. 1


Water Lily

Shown is a Josiah Wedgwood (1759-2005) platter printed with the Water Lily #01 pattern. This is the original version of the Water Lily pattern, that proved to be too expensive to make. It was replaced in 1811, when Josiah II said that it would be removed from display. He added that the pattern would be reissued in blue with an altered border. For TCC members, see pattern #16308 and pattern #1652 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources for more information. View larger image. See past Patterns of the Month.

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


Looking into the “Woodlawn” Pantry

A wide variety of transferware patterns, and other ceramics, are seen in this view into the dish pantry at “Woodlawn,” the Black family home in Ellsworth, Maine. The house, now a museum, was built between 1824 and 1827 for John and Mary Black and family. Black had come to the Downeast Maine frontier from England in 1798 to oversee the extensive timberland holdings of the Barring Brothers Bank in London. The bank owned a half interest in two million acres of forest in Maine. After branching out into various business interests of his own while continuing as Barring’s agent, Black became one of the wealthiest residents of the region.

In 1870, the house became the summer home of the Black’s son, George Nixon, who had expanded the family’s business interests in Boston, becoming a significant landowner there. His son, George Nixon Black, Jr. inherited the house and Boston land holdings in 1880. The son, known as Nixon, and his life-partner, Charles Brooks Pitman, collected antiques for the house with the intent to leave it as a museum. It is believed most of the ceramics now in the house were collected by Nixon and Charles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The house opened as a museum in 1929.

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

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


Middleport Pottery TCC 2015 Meeting/Tour

The Middleport Pottery, one of the few remaining, active, potteries in England, was built in 1888 by Burgess & Leigh Ltd and is located in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. A memorable tour of the facility was included in our 2015 England meeting. Nineteenth century methods continue to be employed in the 21st century. See larger image. See past Photos of the Month.

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


British transferware for the Dutch Market, c. 1775-1850

Lecturer: Wytze Stellingwerf, Archaeologist and Specialist of Late and Post-Medieval Material Culture, Archeologie West-Friesland.

Description: Wytze's lecture explored British ceramics for the Dutch market. As part of this, he also discussed the wreck of the Pieter Anthony which perished in 1822 on the way to Surinam. Our speaker: In 2017 Wytze Stellingwerf (1992, MA) graduated at the faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University with a study of late 18th-century politically charged ceramics and glassware in the Netherlands. This resulted in the publication of a book, called "The Patriot Behind the Pot: A Historical and Archaeological Study of Ceramics, Glassware and Politics in the Dutch Household of the Revolutionary Era." He currently works as an archaeologist and ceramics specialist of the late- and post-Medieval period in the town of Hoorn in the northern part of the Netherlands. In addition, he regularly works at Museum Kaap Skil on the Dutch isle of Texel, where he documents finds from shipwrecks done by sport divers in the Wadden Sea and North Sea. Wytze has a great interest in the rise of the Industrial Revolution and its material and sociocultural impact in Western Europe and America, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. Furthermore, the maritime and colonial past of the Netherlands are among his greatest interests. During his internship at the depot of the Dutch National Institute of Shipwreck Archaeology in Lelystad in 2013, Wytze came into contact with 18th- and 19th-century British transferware retrieved from various shipwrecks. This led to a never-ending fascination for the beauty and fine quality of 18th- and 19th-century British earthenware which is still abundantly available at flea markets, thrift stores and auction houses in the Netherlands. He has been collecting British pottery ever since. Watch video.


TCC Worldwide Lecture Series

Thursday, July 18th, 2024 12PM EDT (note earlier time)

Unraveling the Mysteries of Selling One’s Collection at Auction: Two Perspectives

Speakers: Collector Nick Routson and Ceramic Specialist Heather Cline in a discussion/presentation moderated by Leslie Bouterie

Description: In this program, guest presenters TCC Member and Transferware Collector Extraordinaire Nick Routson and TCC Secretary, Ceramic Specialist, and Auction House Professional Heather Cline will share the “ins and outs” of the auction process from two points of view: that of the collector-seller and that of the auction house sales team. In 2021, Nick Routson embarked on a monumental downsizing of his stellar and extensive collection of American Historical transferware along with much of his lovingly assembled collection of antique furniture, textiles, ceramics, and glass from his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He selected the prestigious auction house of Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates of Mt. Crawford, Virginia, to handle the multi-session sale. Nick worked closely with their Head of Ceramics Heather Cline on all aspects of the process. In a lively discussion, moderated by Leslie Lambour Bouterie, Nick will share his personal experiences of preparing and placing his treasures in the capable hands of the auction house professionals over 2,000 miles away, and Heather will explain the process of expertly accessioning, promoting, and selling his beautiful antiques. With their insights shared and Q & A opportunities offered, the “mysteries” of the auction process will be revealed.

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Meeting ID: 810 7239 7974

English Ceramic Circle

Thursday, July 18th, 6PM (UK) / 1PM (EDT)

William Alexander and his scenes of China on Transferware

Michael Sack

In the 1790s William Alexander, a young artist, was engaged to create pictures to document the upcoming diplomatic mission from King George III to Qianlong, the emperor of China. The engravings which were produced introduced China to a public largely unaware of the country’s real look and provided potters with a distinctive supply of design material for their transferware production. The details of the mission itself form a fascinating background to Alexander’s story. Aside from the history discussed, this lecture will show many of the transferware patterns based on his work, along with the engravings themselves.

Michael Sack is a retired certified public accountant (the American equivalent of a chartered accountant) living in San Francisco. He is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a graduate a long time ago of Cornell University. Now wearing his collecting hat instead of a green eyeshade, Michael focuses on early nineteenth century English ceramics, primarily ironstone, teawares with chinoiserie decoration, and transfer printed wares. His transferware collection concentrates on scenes of India, China and the Middle East, all of which scenes were exotic to the English buying public at the time the pottery was manufactured. Many of the transferware patterns were copied from contemporary prints, and these prints are also part of the collection. Michael is the author of India on Transferware, his lone creative effort, which discusses various artists and fully illustrates most of the known scenes of India on transferware together with their source prints.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 372083

International numbers available:

San Francisco Ceramic Circle

Tuesday, September 17, 2024 6PM PST

Castles and Clay: Decorative Tiles in California Architecture.

Avril Angevine, arts lecturer and California pottery specialist

Cosponsored with the American Decorative Arts Forum.

Virtual via Zoom

Cosponsored with the American Decorative Arts Forum

Tuesday, September 17, 2024 - 6:00PM PST


Expanded to three pages (50% extra free!), and it has several notable items including a rare bottle, covered soap dish, covered jar, two new series of British views, two unusual marks, another fish platter, and more on the elusive John Mayer of Fenton. And to top it all another auction sale for the Spode Greek series. Read this isssue.


Posted on the Stoke-on-Trent City Archive is Moving blog, the video below shows a time-lapse of the work to decant the Minton Archive’s Art & Design material from their original red and blue folio boxes – often referenced here, including as a virtual tower (almost 8 Minton peacocks high!) – into a series of dedicated drawers in the Archives’ secondary strongroom (nicknamed “Pikelet”; the large strongroom is of course known as “Oatcake”). Read more.


A Transferware Blog by Judie Siddall


"Symptoms of Angling" 7 inch plate by an unknown maker, ca. 1830. The pattern pokes fun at the new mechanization that was part of the Industrial Revolution. Notice that the man is free to read while his machine does the fishing! Read more.


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.




A lidded vegetable tureen by Turner & Co of Lane End in Staffordshire, who were in business from around 1762 until 1806. It is decorated with a printed blue and white willow pattern later known as "Turner's Willow". 1800-06.

China Rose Antiques website


A lovely Mason's Ironstone blue and white lidded vegetable tureen decorated with the transfer pattern known as "Turner's Willow". This pattern was used by John and William Turner until their bankruptcy in 1806 when Mason's acquired the transfer plates. 1825-20.

China Rose Antiques website


An octagonal soup tureen, under dish and ladle decorated with Minton's "Chinese Marine" blue and white transfer print. The decoration is extensive on the outside, and also appears on the inside of the tureen and the bowl of the ladle. The crisply moulded knop on the lid is represented as a basket of fruit, and the tureen rests on four lions paw feet. 1825-30.

China Rose Antiques website



I am looking to buy an item showing "Oriental Meeting" (TCC Database #4621). Please contact Susan D. Walter at, or call 619 591-8093 (I’m on Pacific Daylight time).

Please contact us if you are interested in placing a classified ad

with an emphasis on transferware.


2010 Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program Recipient.

Graeme Cruickshank

Develop an overview of the "Importance of Transferware in the Ceramic Output of European Potteries for the South-East Asian Market." (Download Article)

All grant applications must be received by May 4 of the year the request is made. Learn more.


Swansea’s Printed Wares: A Re-Assessment, by Jonathan Gray

Founded in 1764, the Swansea (later to be renamed Cambrian) Pottery was in production for more than 100 years before closing in 1870. For the majority of this period, certainly the eighty years after 1790, printed wares were to be an important feature of the factory‟s output. Certainly after the production and decoration of Swansea porcelain had ceased in 1824/6, printed wares were the main, and at times, the only output of the firm. More information.

Swansea's Cambrian Pottery Public & Private Commemorative Printed Wares, by Arleen and Grahame Tanner

Very little has been written about the commemorative ware of the Cambrian Pottery, Swansea; the most informative lecture and subsequent paper was by P.D.Pryce in 1972. His remit, however, was much larger as he covered the commemorative ware of the Cambrian Pottery, the Glamorgan Pottery, Swansea and the South Wales Pottery at Llanelly. In general terms it seems that public commemorative pieces produced by the Cambrian Pottery tended to be early in date whilst the private commemorative pieces are of a later date. Of course there are exceptions to this. Public commemorative pieces are of major political, social, and royal events whereas private commemorative pieces take into the private lives of ordinary members of society, who they were, and what they did. More information.


The Porcelains of Thomas Wolfe at Stoke upon Trent (Formerly Factory Z) edited by Field McIntyre

After many years of study of “Factory Z” by collectors a near-consensus has formed that the porcelains are the work of Thomas Wolfe. This publication provides a unique attribution guide to Thomas Wolfe. The format is a soft-back A4 book with 128 pages including more than 430 colour illustrations, giving a comprehensive look at the wares and a strong starting point for attribution of further patterns in the future. Purchase via PayPal, on the London Ceramic Circle, Morley College website.

The Spode Blue Room: An Introduction by Michael Escolme

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.

With a TCC Richards Foundation Grant, Michael Escolme has written and published an excellent Guide to the Spode Museum Blue Room. This guide is available for download to TCC members.(Download PDF for members)


Prattware Pottery

F. & R. Pratt - masters of multi coloured transfer printing on pottery from 1847. This site has a varied collection of images, articles and resources. Visit the site.

San Francisco Ceramic Circle

The San Francisco Ceramic Circle brings ceramics enthusiasts together with people broadly interested in visual arts. Their 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 program. Visit the site.

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


A Membership List updated on March 31, 2024 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.


Please contact us if you have recommendations of

newly published transferware books.


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.



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!


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. Download the Guidelines.

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.


Dan Sousa, Interim TCC Bulletin Editor:

David Hoexter, Co-Editor:

Michael Sack, Co-Editor:

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