Welcome to the Friends of Blue web site.
The club, founded in 1973, exists to study under-glaze blue decoration on pottery using a transfer print, a technique developed in Britain during the last two decades of the eighteenth century, when patterns deriving from contemporary Chinese porcelain designs began to appear. Many of these early designs were very similar to what we know today as Willow Pattern. As time went on, however, and techniques improved and tastes changed, every kind of design imaginable was used, from stately homes to bowls of flowers, from historical scenes to ships at sea.
Today, these products of British potters are far better appreciated than ever before and are sought after by collectors, not only in the UK, but also abroad, particularly in North America, to where large quantities of the wares were exported during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
For as little as £20.00 p.a. (£25.00 overseas) you can become a Member of the Friends of Blue, receiving four illustrated newsletters (Bulletins) per year, and gaining access, by arrangement with the Keeper of Records, to the Club's Records built up over more than thirty years by the efforts and information of Members. All our Bulletins are now available to members on line.
The Annual General Meeting and Day Conference is held on the last Sunday in June. Local Meetings of small groups of Members are also encouraged. These are offered and hosted by individual Members in their own homes with the help of Committee Members. Special previews of auction sales and free catalogues are also offered. Why not download an Application Form now and visit other pages on our web site to find out more about us.The club was founded 43 years ago and members are now able to view all 171 of our bulletins on line in the Members only section.
This year our AGM will be held at Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock on Sunday 25th June from 10.00 am. Please check with our Chair for details - firstname.lastname@example.org
A SALE OF EARLY BLUE AND WHITE
One of our members is disposing of his collection of 150 pieces of rare early blue and white. It includes Swansea and Spode pieces and several of the items were in the 'True Blue' exhibition of 1998 which celebrated 25 years of FOB. Other items in the sale will include sauce tureens and stands, baskets and stands, toast rack, teapot, egg rack complete with cups, large loving cup, muffin dish, hot water plate etc. The collection is to be sold by Messrs Golding, Young at their Grantham Saleroom on April 5th 2017. Their illustrated catalogue will be available on line and you may click here for preliminary details. Their email is email@example.com.
There is an exhibition at the V & A in London that features blue and white British printed ceramics from the earliest years.
See Victoria and Albert.
A NEW WEBSITE
A new online exhibition has been launched uder the auspices of the Transferware Collectors Club and the Northern Ceramic Society.
This joint project relates the remarkable story of the production of printed pottery and porcelain in Great Britain from 1750 to 1900 and is a valuable source of information for all collectors, researchers and lovers of blue & white transferware.
Click here for a link to the site.
Please send any comments on our new web site to the webmaster, Gerard Ledger at grledger@@fob.org.uk Delete one of the @ s before sending.