ADORABLE FLOW BLUE CHINA

By: John Hogan

Since 1825 Flow Blue China has been a very arresting color that stands out the most amid all the decorated and transferware china ever produced.

FLOW BLUE TRANSFERWARE CHAMBER/THUNDER POT, C. 1900

J & G MEAKIN, MODERNA FLOW BLUE CHAMBER POT

FLOW BLUE CHAMBERPOT J & G MEAKIN TRADEMARK

FLOW BLUE CHAMBERPOT J & G MEAKIN TRADEMARK

MYOTT & SONS, FLOW BLUE TRANSFERWARE PLATTER, C. 1900-10

MYOTT & SONS, FLOW BLUE PLATTER, C. 1900

Davenport, an early father of Staffordshire pottery, first produced flow blue on a medium of clay which is referred to as pearlware as early as 1825. Flow blue on pearlware existed for about ten to fifteen years by some British potters. However because of the durability of ironstone as a medium, ironstone took over. About 1845 ironstone was the general medium used by most Staffordshire potters. It was the rage during the 1845-1875 period of production on an ironstone medium. Bold and beautiful in deep rich hues of cobalt blue, it won the hearts of the American and Canadian buyer. By 1890-1925 English potters had again produced it on a less weighty earthenware medium commonly referred to as semi-porcelain. Once you have fallen in love with this transferware and have become a collector, you most definitely will have dedicated a special room for its display. You will find that you will have accents of it throughout your home to awe yourself, friends and guests. Whether you have a collection or several pieces, you will take great pride in ownership.

Thirty to thirty-five years ago, flow blue was considered relatively common. However today it is quite the contrary. Desire for great ironstone and semi porcelain flow blue of deep rich inky colors are in much demand. Although flow blue is runny or inky, intensity and darkness of blue are crucial elements in determining the quality of flow blue to collect and pricing. Other factors that play a role in determining great flow blue are: the quality of transfer,  pattern and manufacturer (maker or potter). Rarity of form and condition are also criteria for high prices which still stand in today's market place.

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