Sunday, October 9, 2016


Clarice Cliff (1899-1972) was an English ceramic artist active from 1922 to 1963.  She is most famous for her art deco, hand-painted pottery from the early part of the 20th century.  These pieces are very collectible and expensive.
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As a collector of brown transferware, I have often run across transferware pieces with her stamped signature and the Royal Staffordshire Pottery or the Newport Pottery Co. logos on the back.  These pieces date to the mid-20th century.

I've never been able to find any info about how this change transpired after World War II from avantgarde hand-painted and designed pottery to traditional transferware.

I have purchased several pieces of her transferware over the years; and they have been very inexpensive.
I recently found this serving bowl in the Ophelia pattern for $5.00.

I have two of these bone dishes in the Tonquin pattern with the Royal Staffordshire back stamp.  I also have some plates in this pattern, but they do not have her signature on them.

This cup and saucer also has the Royal Staffordshire Ceramics back stamp.  The pattern is Davenport.

I have some other pieces attributed to her in several patterns with various stamps.

Even though my favorite brown transferware will always be from the 19th century, I'm not a transferware snob --- I love it all!
  It all blends together.

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srpprcrftr said...

So glad you shared with us about Clarice Cliff transferware. Transferware was something I didn't seem to have much interest in when we lived in KY where it was more available. Now I so wish had purchased at least two or three pieces of. Was more available and affordable there. We now live in western CO few miles west of Grand Junction.
I seem to remember seeing lovely pieces of transferware at antique stores when we lived in Helena, MT area (where we lived before KY).
The pieces of her transferware you showed us are quite beautiful, envy you your lovely collection. The fluted edged plate looked almost like milk glass until I read what you said it was. All your pieces are very special.
Enjoy your gorgeous collection, know how much I enjoy what I have collected over the years.

Hope you have lovely Fall week

Sarah said...

I'm a fan of brown transfer ware too. Clarice Cliff's Tonquin pattern is one of my favorites.

thel day said...

Your brown transfer is beautiful. What would the 1/4 moon oval dish be used for? I have one in blue transfer.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Yes I like the brown transferware and have a few pieces still. It seems to be not easy to find in my area. I always find blue and white or red and white
Love the pieces you have of the Clarice Cliff design

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Wow! This is so good to know. I'm going to have to have a look at what I have. I have a new plate that I picked up in Alamosa. It will make its appearance on the blog before too long I'm sure. Having lunch together would be fantastic! I would love to see Co in snow sometime. Enjoy the beautiful!

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, you know how I love your brown transferware! You have the prettiest pieces and I really never see any! Hope you're doing well and I'll bet it's beginning to cool down in your area by now! Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Charm of Home said...

That transferware is lovely! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!