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Transferware vs handpainted porcelain
This probably seems like a dumb question to many, but does anyone know of simple ways to recognize transferware vs. hand-painted porcelain in Asian art? 90% of the time, it’s obvious to me, but occasionally the transfer ware is done so well that I am uncertain. Transferware came into widespread usage in the mid-1700’s/early 1800’s, especially with English porcelain. Thanks so much!
Welcome to the forum Charlotte, yes, it is sometimes difficult to tell, but one of our eagle eyed members will sometimes see and circle where the transfer came together. The Japanese have been doing transfer a long time, I especially enjoy the old circa 1885 stenciled pieces with the dark blue cobalt. I am a big fan of English transferware, especially Copeland Spode Red Tower and Wedgwood Potpourri, those are the main two sets I own but really like all of it. Sharon
Welcome from me, too. As Sharon says, looking for mismatches in the pattern is the first step. Then I would assess how flat the tone is, are there signs of brushstrokes. Sometimes using a 10x loupe helps.
It can still be tricky, so I would consider whether the style of the item, the type of clay used matches what I would expect it to be if it were handpaint4d - or of course, transfer-printed.
Finally, transfer printed wares will have set, regular patterns which are often named and so there are likely to be several of the same type around, even if the shape differs.
Also look for identical elements on borders etc. where the patterns repeat itself. If hand painted there should be small differences.
Thank you all so much! This is very helpful info. It is usually with 19th Century Japanese blue and white where I have questioned whether it was Transferware or handpainted, so this helps a lot.
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