Tuesday, February 12, 2013


I have been told that yellow is the rarest color used for transfer printing. It is usually found printed with another color, and most of yellow print is found from the mid 1830s through the mid 1840s.  I am hoping to be corrected if I am wrong.  I asked Robert Copeland why yellow print was rare, and he said it was a combination of taste and technology.  That said, here are a few of the patterns found printed in yellow.

"Shiraz" was made by John Ridgway (1830-1841) in Staffordshire. It was printed (as seen here) in yellow and green, yellow and brown, blue and black, and pink and black. Perhaps even in other color combinations.  Shiraz, by the way, is a city in Persia (now Iran).

"Etruscan Festoon" was made by William Ridgway & Co. (1834-1854) in Staffordshire.   It is, like Shiraz, also found printed in pink and black. Years ago, I owned a coffee pot in this pattern that was printed in yellow only.  I found 14 patterns with the word "festoon" as part of the title in the pattern database of the Transferware Collectors Club. "Festoon" must have been the advertising buzz word of the 1830s 1840s!

Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) made an extensive yellow and brown printed dinner service known as "No 106." The patterns include many European views.  Here, you see the 10" dinner plate with the view of "Oberwessel On The Rhine."  The TCC pattern database illustrates 13 different views in this series.

John Ridgway made another yellow printed pattern titled "Villa." It is printed in yellow and brown and pink and black. The pattern has various centers depending on the size and shape. Seen here is the 9 inch plate.
Etruscan Festoon
No 106

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