For those of us who love 19th century engravings and toile de jouy, it seems only natural to love transferware. English transferware is the most common. Collectors sometimes find it difficult to locate French or American pieces. But all make wonderful collections whether you collect one particular pattern, region, or mix it up.
From soup tureens, to serving dishes, to plates and cups and saucers, there is a wide array to please everyone.
In the late 1700's only blue was made, like this platter.
The makers of these early pieces tried to replicate the look of Chineseware that was so popular among the upper class.
By the 1830's various colors came into existence and local potteries began making themed pieces. Flora and fauna, military themes and copies of popular artwork were all made into transferware decoration.
The pieces pictured above are English ones from some recent shows I attended, but the French ones are just as lovely like the Sarreguemines pottery plate below.
There is comfort in having a quiet breakfast or tea with transferware. I have a set I use almost daily. But I also find the patterns a bit busy for lunch or dinner so I like to mix them with plain white porcelain or ironstone on the table. It seems to enhance their beauty rather than detract from it.
And as a collection, transferware always makes a beautiful display regardless of your style.