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.
I love mixing all of the many red and white patterns together, and one of my favorites is Johnson Brothers English Chippendale.
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.
And I love some of the red patterns that introduce additional colors , such as Johnson Brother patterns Winchester and Dorchester!
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!