I love brown transferware year round, but fall is the season when it really shines!
I pulled my collection together to give them their due, and for a bit of fall nesting and tabletop fun in the Potting Shed!
Brown transferware is paired with Limelight hydrangeas that have made their fall metamorphosis. . .changing from summer white to green, before fading and drying to a papery texture, now burnished and brown.
My love of brown transferware is tied to memories of my grandmother. Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers was my grandmother’s everyday pattern and I have her remaining pieces, along with the memories of the meals she lovingly prepared and tables she set. I also have fond memories of helping her dry the dishes as she washed, which may be why there aren’t many of her pieces left. ;)
My brown transferware pieces were collected and picked up at antique malls and consignment stores over the years.
I think of brown transferware as the dish equivalent of comfort food, warm and homey. I didn’t make a conscious decision to collect pieces, it just sort of happened over time.
This Mason’s Ascot, little pitcher/creamer, followed me home this summer, found at a favorite antique mall. I couldn’t resist the $4 price tag despite the chips along the top, making it perfectly imperfect for a mini bouquet or a collection of vintage blooming flatware.
A Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware Dover teapot is a favorite piece.
It was love at first sight when I spied the floral details on the lid.
To pair with the transferware, I added some abandoned nests. . .
White pumpkins. . .
And a little bird cottage complete with stone chimney, planter, metal fencing and roof. In addition to its curb appeal, it’s designed as a functional birdhouse, with easy access and a clean out in the back, but I’ve only used it decoratively. The birds don’t know what they’re missing. They’ll have to reside in this hotel instead ;)
A set of two bird glasses, found roosting at Pottery Barn several years ago, were added for fall nesting.
Garden gloves hold vintage flatware, fitting for tabletop fun in Potting Shed, with a stamped spoon marker and reminder to ‘Keep Calm and Garden On’.
And an orphaned transferware tureen lid was missing its bowl. . .
I adopted it from a consignment store 20+ years ago and gave it a home.
And a Williamsburg Aviary by Wedgwood single cup and saucer is perfect for nesting, no matter what the season.
Autumn’s Delight by Johnson Brothers has a brown and multi-colored fruit pattern. I’m delighting in autumn this week and looking forward to a few days of crisp, cool weather finally, with highs in the 60s instead of the 80s, perfect fall nesting weather!
Hope you’re enjoying a little fall nesting weather where you are!