Thursday, October 20, 2016


No, I'm not talking about those little confections with which our grandmothers treated us. 
  I'm talking about 'cookies' on brown transferware.  That is what they call the cartouches, little pictures encircled with borders, on transferware from the 19th century.

Recently, while antiquing in the northern part of Colorado, I spied a covered vegetable bowl.  I recognized right away from its 'calico' border that it was the Cairo pattern from Copeland Pottery dating from the early 1880s. 

 I also knew that this pattern usually has amazing 'cookies' in the design -- and I wasn't disappointed. 
And, then I removed the lid and this cartouche was on the inside of the bowl --- I would gladly eat all of the vegetables served in this bowl for a look at this artwork.
The pieces I have seen in this pattern usually have an incised mark on the back.
Several years ago, my friend, Jan, gave me this pedestal bowl in this pattern.
It has this amazing 'cookie'.
 I also have a soup bowl with this camel 'cookie'.  Every piece I have seen in this pattern has a different cartouche.
I'm fortunate to have just these three pieces in my brown transferware collection, as they can be a bit pricey.  I have  passed by some other pieces at high prices, but I'll keep hunting for more yummy 'cookies' to devour at a reasonable price.

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The Charm of Home said...

These are beautiful! Thank you for hosting at Home Sweet Home!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

That is so interesting! I am just starting a love affair with transferware so this is fun information to have and look for.

Jann Olson said...

Oh Sally, what a find! It's a wonderful piece and a great addition to your collection. I did not know that term about 'cookies'. Thanks for sharing your found treasure with SYC.

baili said...

oh this is so gorgeous and beautiful .
i just want to have it

Curtains in My Tree said...

Those are wonderful pieces and i'm glad to know about the cartouche pictures on this transferware dish.
I didn't know they had a name.
I have a few brown and white transferware pieces which I will use for Thanksgiving

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful pieces of transfer ware! I love the special "cookies" designs, and color of the china

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I finally got myself over here to see your lovely pieces! I have a plate in this pattern too. I don't remember, but I'm sure I got a good price. That's half the fun! I didn't know about "cookies." Did you get snow? It has turned so cold suddenly, but no snow here. I want to head to Taos just to take a look, but too much going on at the moment. Stay cozy!