Monday, November 15, 2010

Aesthetic Transferware- Melbourne pattern

The Aesthetic Movement refers to a period of time in the late 19th century (1870-1900) which was a backlash to the formal Victorian years. I collected this piece from an estate for about $75. Brown is the signature color on many aesthetic designs.

Japanese art had a great influence on Aestheticism. Aesthetic interiors were often decorated with Japanese prints, screens, fans and other objects.
The Aesthetic Movement influenced transferware designs of Asian styled scenes with asymmetric, bold and geometric patterns. Oftentimes the Aesthetic Movement pieces will have a scene inset on the piece like this very large, Circa 1880's platter.
Some are hand painted in areas (hand enameled, clobbered or hand painted/polychrome) over the transfer, adding color.

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