These pieces are a from a tea set with blue transfer print called “Canova.” The print shows two figures, a man and a woman, near a large urn at the water’s edge. The man is seated playing a stringed instrument, and the woman is standing near him watching. Across the water, in the distance, there are stylized classical buildings. The rim of the saucer is decorated similarly to the cup, with the same large urn, but instead of two figures nearby there is a ship with three sails. The maker of these pieces is George Phillips, who worked in Longport, Staffordshire, from 1834 to 1847. This “Canova” print is very similar to other “Canova” prints produced by Thomas Mayer, who also worked in Longport, Staffordshire but whose business shut down in 1838. There is a secondary maker’s mark, in the shape of a flower or star, on the bottom of the saucer and cups.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Transfer Prints on Three Pearlware Vessels
I’m Brianna Birch! I’m going into my sophomore year in college at RIT. My major is Sociology & Anthropology and I’m on an Archaeology track. I wanted to get in some field and lab work over the summer so I decided to come to Strawbery Banke. In the lab session, we worked with artifacts from the Yeaton-Walsh site. I chose to work with pearlware ceramics, more specifically transfer-printed pearlware. Most transferware is blue, but there are some other colors. I matched, labeled, and mended several pieces. With several nearly complete vessels, I was able to identify and research the prints on a black transfer-printed plate, a purple-pink transfer-printed sugar bowl, and a set of blue transfer-printed saucer and matching cups. These pieces are from different periods of the 19th century, and were likely used by different tenants of the Yeaton-Walsh House.