• The Chalees Satoon in the Fort of Allahabad on the River Jumna, 1795–1807
    by By Thomas (1749–1840) and William Daniell (1769–1837), Courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

  • Chinese Gentleman, 1810
    by By Thomas (1749–1840) and William Daniell (1769–1837), Courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

  • The Taj Mahal, Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan and His Queen, 1824
    by By Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest (1750–1827)


July 30 – March 19

 San Francisco International Airport/ International Terminal [A2]
San Francisco, CA 94110

From Print to Plate: Views of the East on Transferware

12:00 am–12:00 am

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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