Monday, February 18, 2019 :

Nivingston Antiques was established in 1988. We are a family run antiques business based in Kinross-shire Scotland.

We are dealers in 18th, 19th and 20th century British ceramics with a strong emphasis on blue printed transferware.

As well as dealing in transferware and ceramics, we have personally collected many colors and

patterns for over thirty years, sharing your passion for British transferware throughout the ages. We will be updating and adding pieces for sale on a monthly basis. For more information on our business or individual pieces please feel free to contact us.

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Blue Transferware

Transferware is a form of ceramics that includes pottery, earthenware, dinnerware, and other delicate pieces. It uses transfer printing, an ornamental technique which was developed in England in the mid-18th century, notably around the Staffordshire region.

Blue Transferware Technique

Transfer patterns were first applied to ironstone designs by Miles Mason, in an attempt to copy the techniques of Chinese porcelain. It was then adopted by Josiah Wedgwood who used it on his ivory based Creamware. Transferware is most often in one colour against a white background, such as blue transferware, or green, brown, or red transferware. Transferware designs range from dense patterns that cover the piece, to small motifs applied sparingly to give a delicate appearance. Some patterns included details that were added on top of the main transfer after the glaze had been applied.

Transferware Production

Blue Transferware printing was developed in response to a demand by consumers for less expensive, mass produced products. Customers wanted ornamentation on their previously drab pragmatic wares. Initially the patterns were oriental in design, as Chinese blue was popular at the time, but other styles developed with changing tastes in fashion.
Transfer printing enabled thousands of dinnerware sets to be produced in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost, it would have taken to hand paint these items.

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- Terry & Gillian

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We buy all 18th, 19th and 20th century ceramics and glass. We offer competative prices that cannot be matched. As mentioned earlier we specialise in bluetransferware ceramics, we also offer a wide variety of antique ceramics, sourced from all over the world and we are especially interested in broadening our collection. International and United Kingdom sellers, all are welcome.

We are interested in every category of pottery. Transferware, pearlware, creamware, ironstone, Wedgwood, Wemyss to mention a few. If you think you have someting that'll tickle our fancy, then by all means please click on the link below.
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blue transfer jugs
Riley large scroll border jugs
Pearlware "Factory" jug
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Nivingston Antiques Nivingston House
KY13 0LS
United Kingdom

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