Saturday, November 4, 2017


I am standing in the middle of an astounding collection of transferware printed with American historical patterns. Most of the transferware seen here dates from the 1820s.

The Transferware Collectors Club Annual Meeting was in Phoenix, Arizona this year.  Some members wondered if there would be much transferware in a city that was far removed from the transferware centers in Britain and the East Coast of the United States.  They needn't have worried, as two huge collections of transferware are located in Phoenix.  One of the collections is comprised of American historical patterns and the other collection features Chinoiserie patterns. 

The first photo shows me standing in a living room filled with mainly dark blue transferware printed with scenes of early America. It may be the desert outside, but inside it looks like New England! There is so much I want you to see that I'll begin by showing you close-ups of the corner cupboard and the cabinet seen in the photo above.

Corner cupboard filled with Historical Blue! Click on the photo to make it larger!

I am standing in front of the cupboard. Look inside!

Shown is the right side of the cupboard.  Click to enlarge.

Shown is the left side of the cupboard.

Not all historical transferware is blue!

Transferware with American historical views printed in red.

Other colors too!

Historical patterns were printed in lots of colors by the 1830s.

Not everything is in cupboards.  Lots of items are hung on the wall and placed on tables and counters.

Four Clews States platters and more!
Why not fill a foot bath with roses?  The pattern here is an English view: Wedgwood "Tower of London."

Now we will segue to an extraordinary collection of unusual Chinoiserie patterns and shapes.

Chinoiserie patterns on a beautifully painted wall.

Transferware adds beauty to any setting.

Chinoiserie patterns in brown and other colors.

A collection of loving cups and more.

Shelves filled with treasures.  For example, notice the flasks on the middle shelf.

Another use for a foot bath.  An ice bucket! Anyone recognize the pattern?

TCC members relaxing in the desert.  The temperature in late October was perfect.

One more thing. You never know where you are going to find transferware!

In the desert. Or, perhaps by the pool!