“What’s in Your Collection?”: Red Transferware

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley uses red english transferware china pattern from the johnson brothers

I have a small collection of red transferware at our lake house in the kitchen and enjoy the occasional change from all of my blue and white transferware at Chestnut Cottage.

kathryn greeley interior designer asheville north carolina uses red transferware china patterns

I love mixing all of the many red and white patterns together, and one of my favorites is Johnson Brothers English Chippendale.

Johnson Brothers English Chippendale red transfer used by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

The most popular early English transferware came in blue and white.  Then later red and white, brown and white, and green and white became popular.

Transferware is the term given to pottery that has had a pattern applied by transferring the print from a copper plate to a specially sized paper and finally to the pottery body.  While produced primarily on earthenware, transfer prints are also found on ironstone, porcelain and bone china. The process was developed in the second half of the 18th century in response to the need of the newly emerging English middle class for less expensive tableware.  Many factories claim responsibility for the origin of the process but in fact , it was probably a combination of men and materials that came together in the English county of Staffordshire, where there had been pottery making since the 16th century.

If your design scheme and collecting taste runs “in the red”, perhaps you will be inspired to collect red and white transferware by this variety of patterns.

Johnson Brothers English Chippendale red transfer used by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

And I love some of the red patterns that introduce additional colors , such as Johnson Brother patterns Winchester and Dorchester!

Johnson Brothers English Chippendale red transfer used by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

Johnson Brothers English Chippendale red transfer used by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

Much like any collection, the rare and expensive can live most compatibly with the humble, less expensive pieces.  It is truly about what speaks to you!

Enjoy,

Kathryn

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3 Responses to “What’s in Your Collection?”: Red Transferware

  1. Franki Parde says:

    We have red transferware at the cabin…I use it every day we’re there!! franki

  2. Kathleen says:

    I luv luv luv your transferware. It has inspired me to get mine out of storage and display it again. And the centerpiece of my wall arrangement, next to mr Dorchester plates? A platter from Target!

  3. Kathryn says:

    Great Kathleen…my exact theory of collections!

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