Sunday, April 20, 2014


A selection of British 19th century brown transferware, 1810-1880
Like all transferware colors, brown comes in many different shades.  (See my post on Purple Transferware for another example of color variations.)  It includes yellow brown, chocolate brown, beige, dark brown and lots of shades in between.

Yellow brown jug The Love Chase by an unknown maker, ca. 1820 (see my post on Spode's Love Chase here)
Dark brown plate Fallow Deer pattern, ca. 1810-1820
Grazing Rabbits in medium to dark brown, ca. 1820/It is rare to see the pattern in brown/See my post titled Grazing Rabbits

Copeland & Garrett (1833-1847) Aesop's Fables, The Fox And The Lion 9 inch soup plate in reddish brown, ca. 1835

Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) Fisherman plate in medium to dark brown, ca. 1840/Notice the fishbowls in the border

John & William Ridgway (1813-1830), Dresden Flowers 10 inch plate/The words Hair Brown are included in the mark/I guess the color is hair brown!, ca. 1830

Maker Unknown, Beauties 9 inch plate in chocolate brown, ca. 1845

John Dimmock & Co. (1862-1904) Belmont pattern 17.5 inch by 14 inch platter in reddish brown, ca. 1880/It is typical for an Aesthetic Movement pattern to have a place name.  A better name would be Peacock or Birds (the series shows different birds on each size.)

William Alsager Adderley (1876-1905) Anglais pattern 16 inch by 14.5 inch platter/Part of a series, this pattern shows Warwick Castle (large) and Guy's Cliff (small postcard-like print) in reddish brown and chocolate brown, ca. 1880
Brown wasn't a good seller in the early 1990s, so I was surprised to see so much of it in the stock of Dennis and Ann Berard.  Dennis said that when brown became popular, he would be ready!  Brown became wildly popular by the end of the 90s, so Dennis was ready.


  1. Could it be "hare" brown?
    I love the jug!

  2. The printed word is spelled "hair," but "hare" makes a lot of sense. I tried to send you a photo of the mark. Oh well.