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SFO Museum Lecture: "Exotic Scenes on Transferware" by Micheal Sack

LECTURE: "Exotic Scenes on Transferware" by Michael Sack 

Sunday, October 2, 2:00pm
Coinciding with the exhibition From Print to Plate: Views of the East on Transferware

Location: Aviation Museum and Library, International Terminal
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Collector and exhibition partner Michael Sack focuses on early nineteenth-century English ceramics. Michael is the author of India on Transferware, which fully illustrates most of the known scenes of India on blue-and-white wares together with their source prints. This lecture will focus on specific traveling artists featured in the exhibition, as well as the potteries and their adaptations of the artists' prints.


About the Exhibition
From Print to Plate: Views of the East on Transferware
Blue-and-white transferware reached its peak in production and popularity in the first half of the 1800s. Staffordshire potters in central England first developed a successful method for transferring designs onto wares using hand-engraved copperplates as early as the mid-1700s. Designs on wares often featured distant lands such as India, the Middle East, and China. A number of superbly illustrated publications made around the first three decades of the 1800s helped fuel the British public's fascination with foreign locales.

In an era before photography, over-sized tomes, such as Oriental Scenery (1795–1807), depicted the stunning landscapes and historic architecture of India. Such volumes featured outstanding examples of aquatints, produced using a printmaking technique that resembled ink or watercolor washes. As early as 1810, potters began using images from these scenic publications on ceramics.

This exhibition features blue-and-white wares made by Spode and a number of other British potters. Scenes featured on wares include famous architectural views of India, such as the Taj Mahal, drawn from A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna in India (1824).

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