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Brown and white transferware – not bland and boring

If you dismiss brown patterned vintage china as bland and boring, then this post is not for you! Brown transferware can have botanical prints or it can have different scenes, such as villages, farms, and birds – similar to a toile fabric pattern.  It is often used in autumn or winter to reflect the changes in nature – the colours of falling leaves and the bare architectural structure of plants and trees. It evokes the dried twigs, filigreed flowers and seedpods that are left once summer has faded.

Teacup with pink rose

Timeless transferware

Transferware was developed in England from the 1750s. An engraved copper or steel plate made a print on tissue paper which is then transferred onto the pottery –  resulting in something that is the closest you can get to printing on pottery.

A lot of transferware was made in the Staffordshire potteries.  It was cheaper than expensive  hand-painted pottery.  Transferware could be produced more easily and resulted in it being more accessible to all – also being exported around the world. Transferware can be many different patterns and colours, monochrome or multicoloured. One of the most common types is blue and white Willow pattern pottery.   Another distinct type of transferware with a floral pattern covering the entire piece of pottery is called chintzware.

Style in Sepia

The brown and white transferware on the table is collected over a long period of time. Some has some colours in the brown pattern and some is just brown and white, but it does have a timeless sepia quality of a faded photograph.

It is mixed with bright roses and dark green foliage to provide contrast to the brown.

You can hire brown transferware and crystal vases for your event from Fine and Floral. Send us an email with your requirements.

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