Specialists in early 19th century British Blue & White Transferware / Transfer Printed Pottery 1780 - 1840
Welcome to our website. We are Rosemary & Richard Halliday (mother & Son). Richard is a fifth generation specialist dealer. He is a Trustee of the Spode Museum Trust and is currently working towards a PhD in Art History. Details of his research can be found here.
We offer many consultancy services including pattern/maker identification, insurance valuations, probate valuations and full collection appraisals.We both buy and sell blue and white transferware so please contact us if you are interested in selling a piece or would like a valuation.
NEWS: New book launch
We are pleased to announce that Richard's new book will be launched in October, 2016. It is titled; Transfer-printed Medical & Toilet Wares, 1780 - 1850.
Transfer-printing on earthenware, also known as ‘transferware’, arose as an attempt to replicate the look of eastern ceramic wares, but was relatively cheap, hard-wearing and could be mass-produced. Transferware patterns were largely derived from Chinese-export wares and existent (topographical, historical and botanical) images known as source prints. The designs were cut into copper plates with primitive hand-tools by skilled, trained engravers. Tissue-prints were taken from the copper-plates, applied to the blank ware, glazed, fired and sold to the middle and upper classes across the globe.
Pattern of the month
Video: Transfer Printing Demonstraton
This video shows a transfer-printing demonstration at the site of the former Spode factory in Stoke