Do you love collecting transfer ware pottery as much as we do?





With elaborate borders and endearing scenes, each piece of transferware pottery is a miniature work of art.


 A little historical refresher:  The technique of transfer printed decoration on pottery was developed in England in the last half of the 18th century. Transferring a print from an engraved and inked copper plate to a sheet of paper, potters then applied the paper to unfired clay or china, which absorbed the ink from the paper.


The clay was then fired, and beautifully decorated plates, platters, and all other sorts of pottery was made much quicker and less expensive than the traditional method used until then of hand painting.





In Staffordshire, England, this process lead to potteries being able to supply good quality, decorated table wares to the ever growing middle class.  During this century, only cobalt blue underglaze could survive the high heat and the gazes that contained lead oxide. At first, designs were copies of the Chinese designs, because Chinoiserie was all the rage in Europe.  It’s at this time that the still classic and very beloved pattern Blue Willow was designed.

Some of the Italian designs also appeared, but it really wasn’t until the 1800’s that European scenes and subjects were featured on transfer ware pieces.


Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, scenic views copied from the topographical prints of England, Italy and other “continental” countries were used for many transfer patterns. Many designs were especially created for the Americian market, as the transfer pieces were very popular there too.



We recently were able to purchase quite a collection of flow blue and blue and white transfer ware, {yay!!} and I thought you might want to see some of the beautiful and intricate designs.






A few pieces grouped together or a large collection displayed en masse make an exquisite decorative statement.



Transferware, with its subject matter, technique and colors, is timeless; a classic that is admired just as much today as it was in the 18th century.


{photo shot by me of my CF book}

Still the darling of decorators, transferware is beautifully decorative as well as useful. I took a few photos from {one of my favorite designers of all time} Mr. Charles Faudree’s books to share.


{photo shot by me of my CF book}

Display your collection on your walls, or inside a buffet or on shelves.  I love how the blue and white transfer pottery dots every surface in this beautiful room!


{photo shot by me of my CF book}

And how beautiful is this large collection of mostly Blue Willow in this dining area? Mixed with reds, you couldn’t help but feel happy when in this room, don’t you agree?


{photo shot by me of my CF book}

These pieces have survived for over a hundred years and are meant to be used and bring joy.  Another illustration from one of Mr. Faudree’s books, with lots of blue and white, and red.


{photo shot by me of my CF book}



This kitchen has shelves that show off many of the antiques we’ve sold {and still do!} here at FrenchGardenHouse. Antique Staffordshire hens, hand painted black and white delft dishes, blue & white tureens, platters and dishes, and white ironstone.



A somewhat shabby blue painted country hutch filled with a collection of antique Staffordshire English plates and platters, and some antique French white enamelware that we offer at FGH too.





You can read more about flow blue HERE >




I am always on the hunt for exceptional quality blue and white pottery plates, platters and more.


 You can shop our latest “just arrived” HERE>







à bientôt

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