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May eNews 2024

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The 2024 annual meeting in Philadelphia finally arrived and was a tremendous success. We'll have a report sometime down the line, but in the meantime, thanks, again, to our generous sponsors.

TCC Thanks Our 2024 TCC Annual Meeting Sponsors!


Klaus and Marcia Zech


Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


Hanson Historic Consulting

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Teresita Majewski


TCC Bulletin Vol. XXV No. 1

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

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue. A rich resource! Search Index.

The Bulletin editors are seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: Dan Sousa: or David Hoexter:

Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) Bulletin writers guidelines: Download writers guidelines

2024 Vol. XXV No. 1


Transferware Greeks and Dr. Franklin in Philadelphia

These transferware platters and Benjamin Franklin Staffordshire figure were seen at the Philadelphia Antiques Show during the recent TCC Annual Meeting. The platters at left and right are known as Greek #11 (TCC Database #4913), part of a series of more than 30 related center images using the same border that was introduced by Spode around 1805. The center platter is from the “Greek Pattern” (TCC Database #10731) made by an unidentified Staffordshire pottery. The center images of both patterns are based on late 18th century published sources illustrating Greek gods and myths. Dr. Franklin was Philadelphia’s most famous citizen in America and Europe during his lifetime and long after. It is not known which Staffordshire pottery produced this version of the Franklin figure in the mid-19th century.

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.


Annual Meeting

Seven superb lectures, the largest ever raffle, and tours of the Winterthur transferware rooms and reserve collection highlighted the Philadelphia 2024 Annual Meeting. Shown is a smattering of the fantastic transferware presented at the meeting’s final event, the Show and Sale. See larger image. See past Photos of the Month.

Photo credit: Judie Siddall. Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."


Chinese Dragon

Shown is a plate made by C.J. & G.M. Mason (1813-1826) known as Chinese Dragon. For TCC members, this is pattern #18559 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. View larger image. See past Patterns of the Month.

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



Title: Staffordshire Hospitality: An Exploration of StaffordshireTransferware Made for and Used by the Hospitality Trade

Lecturer: Ben Miller, Assistant Curator of Ceramics, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Description: Ben’s lecture explored the 300-year history of North Staffordshire ceramics created for the hospitality industry: Ceramics that have helped to quench the thirst and fill the bellies of inn and tavern patrons, cleanse hotel guests, supply banqueting halls, and cater for travellers on land, sea, and in the air.

Our Speaker: Ben Miller has worked with ceramics collections since 2012 starting his career at The Wedgwood Museum before moving on to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. He completed his BA at Keele University between 2006 and 2009 and his MA at Birmingham University’s Ironbridge Institute in 2010. From 2012 to 2015 he worked as a Museum Assistant at The Wedgwood Museum during which time was able to research a wide variety of topics across the Wedgwood collection and archive. In 2015 he joined the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery as Assistant Curator of Ceramics and has since worked on several exhibitions and given talks to a number of collectors’ groups. His passion lies in Staffordshire ceramics from the 18th century to the present with a particular interest in 19th and 20th century factory production, overseas trade, and design. Watch video.


San Francisco Ceramic Circle

Larger than Life: The Artwork of Tony Natsoulas

Tony Natsoulas, ceramicist, Sacramento, California

Sunday, May 12, 2024 - 11:00 a.m. PST

In person at the Gunn Theater and virtual via Zoom.

Check with SFCC for more information and Zoom link.

The French Porcelain Society

Sunday, May 12, 2024 6PM (BST) / 1PM (EDT)

Plaue or Böttger?

Angela von Wallwitz and Errol Manners

In November 2022, a group of English and German dealers and curators went to Berlin to study all Böttger and Plaue objects there. A visit to Dresden followed in early 2023, including the detailed study and handling of the very first objects made by Böttger. The Plaue objects in Frankfurt raised new questions. This lecture will present the three groups of red stoneware and the insights of the participants. The scientific test results will be compared. However, the input of all FPS members would be most welcome to find new ideas how to achieve a more precise attributions than Ernst Zimmermann in 1908.

German porcelain expert Angela von Wallwitz will share her latest research around the problematic of attributing Plaue and Böttger ware. Hosted by ceramics extraordinaire Errol Manners, the lecture invites comments and ideas from the public to solve this problem.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 816 8131 4517

Passcode: 067936

The French Porcelain Society

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 6PM (BST) / 1PM (EDT)

Porcelain fever; The white gold of Augustus the Strong and Madame de Pompadour

Denise Campbell and Laura Smeets

Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, The Netherlands

In the course of the eighteenth century, nothing was too outlandish and Europe succumbed to a highly contagious porcelain fever. It is the thrilling story of the birth of European porcelain, told by two iconic figures of this turbulent time: Augustus the Strong (1670-1733), and Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764). For the exhibition, the museum at Princessehof was able to draw on the abundant ceramics collections of the Porzellansammlung in Dresden, Musée national de Céramique in Sèvres, and others. More than 150 objects of unparalleled quality are showcased for the first time in the Netherlands. In this living room lecture, Denise and Laura talk you through the exhibition and the choices they made.

Join Denise Campbell, Curator of Asian Ceramics, and Laura Smeets, Curator of European Ceramics at the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics (The Netherlands), in an exhilararing travel around Meissen and Sèvres.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 896 0961 9566

Passcode: 401839

Historic Eastfield Village

June 21 - 22, 2024

A World of Ceramics in Early America

This year they'll explore historic ceramics from Asia to America that shaped and inspired those who made and bought them. This two-day workshop will include lectures on Chinese influences on English ceramics, utilitarian oyster jars, figural pottery of Ohio, mid-eighteenth century ceramics in an urban context, and hands-on demonstrations guided by a master potter. Read more.

Register Online at:


Wednesday, 26th and Thursday, 27th June 2024

“Mystery, Beauty & Preciousness”


Mystery, Beauty & Preciousness - The mystery, beauty and preciousness of art over the centuries will be discussed including Schatzkammers (Imperial Treasuries), Regalia, Church Treasuries, Rare Jewels, Snuff Boxes, Rare Ceramics – Saint Porchaire and Vezzi, Princely Arms and Armour made by the Helmschmid Dynasty of Renaissance Armourers in the city of Augsburg who counted the Emperors Maximillian I and Charles V among their many clients.

Booking opens on 31st January. For all information including the amazing line-up of international speakers and topic please visit:

At SCI / Society of Chemical Industry, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS


Recorder News 47

This turns out to be an unashamedly blue issue so apologies to collectors of other colours. We have several new items to tempt you, a couple of updates to previous notes, plus a rare fish platter and a fine presentation jug. Read more.


2012 Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program Recipient.

Richard Halliday "The Italian Pattern: The story of an iconic 19th Century transferware design" To perform a comprehensive study exploring the introduction of Spode’s famous Italian pattern. The study included exploring how the pattern was produced and/or copied by many other potters in the early nineteenth century and explaining how this was allowed in the period prior to the copyright act; and cataloging the different potters producing the pattern and showing the variation in their approach, including shapes, colors, quality of wares, etc. The core of the work was photographing and cataloging the Andrew and Adrienne Richards collection of the Italian pattern and organizing and expanding Andrew’s research of the pattern where needed, including adding special pieces of the pattern accessible in museums and/or private collections. View completed project. Purchase the book via

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


Pots of Orchids: the Spode Bateman Connection, by Pam Woolliscroft

Pam writes: I have a fondness for botanical illustration and a passion for pots. It is these personal interests together with my role as Curator at the Spode museum which led to me noticing the elements of this story. It is a tale of discovery - an unexpected connection between a Staffordshire pottery and a Staffordshire plantsman. Read the article.

Spring! Time to Get Organized, by Susan Ferguson

I created this database because what I needed was something searchable (like Google), so I could find any dish instantly. Or find all the pieces that were made by a particular maker. Or find all the pieces that have the same border. And then, of course, I want to sort them by pattern name and version number. And I want to print out that group as a list. And export the list, complete with pictures and source prints, to a pdf file; so I can share them with someone else in the Transferware Collectors Club. Read the article.


Manufacturing Processes of Tableware during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, by Robert Copeland

Lavishly illustrated, full colour, 186 page book. It displays the vast experience and knowledge the author has of the manufacturing processes of bone china and earthenware tableware, mainly as carried out in the Spode works; these were typical of the methods used throughout the pottery industry and should be of interest to all people involved with pottery and porcelain, whether as collectors, customers or dealers. More information.

Spode Transfer Printed Ware 1784-1833, by David Drakard and Paul Holdway

Spode Transfer Printed Ware, first published in 1983, has now been extensively enlarged and revised, listing and illustrating every known transfer print issued by the Spode family at their Works in Stoke-on-Trent. More than 100 additional prints have been discovered since 1983. More information.


Mason's Collectors' Club

This is the Mason's Collectors' Club Facebook page with images and event information. Visit the site.

The Northern Ceramic Society

Since the NCS was founded in 1972, they have become the society for people who love pots. Their main focus is on British pottery and porcelain from 1600 to the present day. 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.


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.


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newly published transferware books.


There are no new classified ads at the moment.

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

with an emphasis on transferware.


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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