SPECIAL EXHIBITS AT -' fh MUSEUM. (4 The special exhibit at the Canter* bury Museum this -week consists of ■/$ specimens of blue and white transfer ' | printed pottery which have been lent .'! by Mr W. J. Carlisle. • Transfer print- - ing is a means of producing a decora- ■ tion on pottery by the application of printed paper which has received a.. <■ design from a copper plate. Its dis- .. covery as a method of decoration was . j quite accidental. '.I In 1756 a potter named John Sadler • f saw that some children with spoiled ~ impressions of his copper plates pro- ,1 duced printing en broken pottery lying . | about his yard, and this suggested to » him a means for making a transfer. % He found, out that the method wa« ? commercially possible, and it was sub* - < ssquently used by Wedgwood's fao f tory with which he was connected. £ It was also used by other factories, t specially that at Worcester, which did - ;■ much to popularise the invention, and . J which turned out and distributed large r amounts of blue and white printed ware. , ■i Before Sadler's discovery the de> ' corations on porcelain were hand-. - painted. The early colours were '' somewhat faint and indistinct, but this defect was gradually eliminated, and later pieces show a pleasing depth cf tone. The early designs, includ- ;. ing the well-known blue willow pat- ■ tern, show an Oriental influence. Thil pattern is not really Chinese, but it '" shows a Chinese influence in the design. Persian and Greek subject!'■• ; were also characteristic of early trans- "'. fer printing.
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