Friday, November 21, 2014


Winemakers pattern, ca. 1820

I recently posted a photo of the Winemakers pattern on the Facebook page of the Transferware Collectors Club.  It is one of my favorite patterns.  Take a look at the post I wrote about the Winemakers in May 2013.  To my pleasant surprise,  Becky Wallis of Great Britain found the source print for the pattern in the superb database of the British Museum.  The print is also in the Metropolitan Museum archives.  The engraver was Giovanni Girolamo Frezza (1659-1741) after the artwork of Carlo Maratti (1625-1713).  The print date is 1704.

Source print for the Winemakers pattern, 1704

The Latin text is from Proverbs 3:9-11; "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase; So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."

A lovely proverb for the Holiday Season! 

1 comment:

  1. So many designs on transferware! I wonder if the rare ones were less popular or just too expensive for the mass market?