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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 was launched in October, 2016. It is titled; Transfer-printed Medical & Toilet Wares, 1780 - 1850.


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History of Blue & White Transferware

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

Featured Items

Harveys Canterbury Soup Tureen Stand
Harveys Canterbury Soup Tureen Stand
Impatient Child Pattern Plate
Impatient Child Pattern Plate
Diorama Fulton Steamboat Soup Dish
Diorama Fulton Steamboat Soup Dish
Wedgwood Water Lily Veg Tureen
Wedgwood Water Lily Veg Tureen

Specialists in Early 19th Century Blue and White Pottery / Transferware

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