Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Toy Plate, 2 inches, ca. 1835
The celebration of the Chinese Lunar year is five thousand years old.  There are twelve animals in the Chinese calendar;  a different one for each year of a twelve year cycle.   The beginning of the Chinese New Year always falls between January 21 and February 21.  This year, it began on January 31.  It is  the Year Of The Horse.

I thought I would show you some of my favorite patterns with horses that resemble a Chinese horse. All are found in the Transferware Collectors Club Pattern and Source Print Database.

Child's 2.25 inch high mug, ca 1835

William Adams & Co. (1896-1917) 8.12 inch child's plate

The English pearlware plate below is based on a Chinese porcelain original.
An 8 inch pearlware soup dish in the Galloping Horse Variation #01

Chinese porcelain platter from the Chinse K'ang His (Kangxi) period (1662-1722) from which the Galloping Horse pattern was copied

Modern Chinese horses!  Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Take a look at what I wrote last year about Chinese New Year.


  1. I love the horse prints - but sadly I'm a pig!

  2. Pigs on transferware do exist, but are not as common as horses. I was born in the year of the monkey. Also a not common transferware animal.