Help needed in ID'ing this transferware tea bowl please

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Help needed in ID'ing this transferware tea bowl please

Post by scolada on June 18th 2015, 4:21 pm

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone can help me identify this piece of transferware. The tea bowl measures approximately 3.5" tall by 6.5" in diameter. It's a very nice piece so any help with the impossible you could give me in identifying the pattern would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance.


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Re: Help needed in ID'ing this transferware tea bowl please

Post by r-and-f on June 19th 2015, 8:13 pm

You see quite a lot of this type of pottery here in Scotland, often unmarked.  Mass produced, cheaply made, thickly potted, with transfers crudely highlighted by hand. I love it!  Remarkable to see an example in Atlanta.

The crackling of the glaze and discolouration are typical of this ware. Dealers usually hedge their bets and simply call it Scottish Pottery from the second half of the 19th century, because it's very difficult to pin down unmarked items to a particular factory.  My guess would be one of the Glasgow potteries or possibly East Coast.

Having said all of the above, it's quite possible that similar bowls were made at any number of potteries in Staffordshire and elsewhere.  It may be that I (and my local dealers) only think of this stuff as Scottish because Scotland is where we see it, and sometimes it has a Scottish maker's mark.  Here are a couple of examples to compare with yours, the first unmarked, the second from Bell's Glasgow Pottery.


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