I love transferware!
It speaks to me with its wonderful, elaborate borders and endearing scenes, making transferware truly a work of art!
Above is one of my favorite plates from A. J. Wilkinson called Rural Scenes.
I use the purple for Easter, but this pattern comes in many different colors also.
Rural Scenes was also produced in multi-color.
When I first laid eyes on this pattern, it made my heart skip a beat.
I have been collecting English Transferware for years.
My favorite pattern is this Johnson Brothers "Windsorware" plate.
I love the vibrant fruit center and brown rim.
I was lucky enough to find eight plates in an antique store years ago in Portland, Oregon and then ten more plates at an estate sale some years later.
To replace a plate at today's price would cost $75.00!
Another estate sale find is this pattern called "Pomeroy" by Royal Doulton
It is so lovely with its multi-colored bouquet and red fruit rim.
I realize that I am drawn to multi-colored transferware even more than the single color.
Johnson Brothers "Friendly Village" is still being produced today.
I have many pieces of this pattern, some old and some new. I love how the dinner plates all have a different scene from the village...
...which are all again repeated on the soup tureen.
Masons "Fruit Basket" is a fun pattern to mix with red transferware and tartan at Christmas.
Masons "Vista" was one of my first collections. It was when I was head over heals in love with red toile, so it made sense to have the dishes too!
Transferware also pairs well with earthy majolica, which works for me since I love combining the two.
In fact, I find transferware not only compliments majolica well, it goes well with textural wicker and Provencal prints.
Really? Is there anything transferware does not go with?
Over the years I've added to my collection from estate sales, eBay and for that hard to find piece that no one else has, I go to Nancy Roberts, The Transferware Queen!
You can find lovely and unique transferware for sale through her online store here
Nancy has generously offered a $50 gift card as a giveaway on my blog!
To enter, just leave a comment with contact information should you win.
Or better yet, visit Nancy's Daily Dish
and come back to tell me what your favorite dish is.
A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, January 31st.
In addition, Nancy is offering a 15% discount to vignette design readers towards any merchandise in her online store. Just use the code "vignettedesign" when checking out.
For more information about Nancy, watch this video where she explains her passion for transferware, its history and shows a glimpse into her home and "transferware-ville" garage!