Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Myott Transferware ~ A brief history and a tablescape

Myott, Son & Co. Ltd., an earthenware producing factory operated originally from the Alexander Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, in the North of England. It was established in 1898 and run by two brothers, 
Ashley and Sydney Myott.  With growing demand for their wares, the company expanded and moved to the Brownfield's Works in Cobridge, which is North of Stoke-on-Trent.  By 1925 they had extended the operation to the adjacent Upper Hanley Pottery.

 Myott began producing hand painted Art Deco wares of which the varied range of pitchers and vases were in high demand.   Many of these pieces survive today suggesting that output was extensive.  These Deco pieces display the famous gold Myott crown mark on the base. White ware was produced for the Cunard shipping company with the provision of cubist style tea sets.

Until recent years, the history of the Myott Pottery at Stoke and Cobridge has been somewhat mysterious due to a fire taking place in 1949 which is said to have destroyed many of the official records and pattern design books.  Definitive evidence relative to the Myott company was found in this letter dated to 1898:
The company relocated again after 1949 to the larger Crane Street Pottery in Hanley and in 1969 were taken over by an American corporation Interpace. 1976 saw the company merge with Alfred Meakin Limited. The name was then lost after the company was taken over by the Churchill Group.

Myott produced many transferware patterns in addition to the Art Deco pieces.  Tonight my tablescape is using the pattern Bermuda, it is a rich chocolate brown transfer with handpainted shades of burgundy, yellow and green.  It's stunning!

I began with an embroidered organza napkin angled on the table.  
Next I added four vintage lace trimmed napkins that I placed at an angle on the table, allowing each to hang over the edge a bit.  These are some my Mom gave me...she used them for dinner parties when I was a little girl....all those many moons ago....

I then added my new favorite Medallion placemats by Heritage Lace.  They are a richly detailed lace in a chocolate brown color.  I love the shape and love how the pattern shows so beautifully with the white underlay.  I got these at Priscillas Lace and Linens.  

 This online shop sells over 750 Heritage Lace items...everything from placemats to draperies.  The selection is enormous.  I am their number one stalker...uh, er I mean fan.  Each time I visit I spend at least 1/2 an hour perusing the beautiful linens Priscilla's has to offer. My want list totals about 750 items...yes I want every single thing in the store.  The hardest thing about shopping here is making a final selection...but it's still sooooo much fun!  I wish all decisions were so hard! ;-)

Next I added my beautiful Myott Bermuda plates

I made a centerpiece using a glass, gold trimmed vase inherited from my Great Aunt and Uncle.  It's a little art deco/modern but I liked it for this.  I topped it on an antique Spode compote to add some height.  Next I took this beaded bottle cover (you can buy similar bottle covers at Always Elegant)
I placed the cover over the vase, partially, and allowed the majority to hang freely inside with the dangled edges hanging over the rim of the vase

 I added some ruffly ivy that is burgundy on the underside positioning it to come up and extend out over the compote. 

I then added just a touch of forsythia to bring out the yellow in the plates and add a little more Spring color to my simple arrangement. 

 Next I added small tea lights around the base of the vase.  The soft glow of the candles created a warm ambiance.
 I pulled in more color with red cut glass goblets, etched cordials hold gold embroidered burgundy organza napkins and my .25 a piece green glass bowls.

And another splash of color was added with my Barenthal flatware which I'm crazy about.  These have ornate detailing and marbleized handles. 

These are some of my favorite colors together.  

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.  
~Henry David Thoreau~

Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

I'm linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Thriftyville Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville

Colorado Lady for Vintage Thursday
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Hodge Podge Friday at It's a Hodge Podge Life

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
 A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie


  1. Wow, what a feast for all the senses Nancy! Thank you for another interesting post and I love your poetic ending!

    Best wishes,

  2. Oh-hh, I just realized that the Myott pattern is a polychrome of my Churchill "Bermuda Blue" transferware that I found on m last trip to England in 1995.
    I enjoyed seeing all the elements you've brought together for this tablescape -- lovely patterns,colors, shapes and textures!
    Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage.

  3. Amazing vibrant colors. What an informative post. Great job! Cheers!

  4. Nancy, this is a study in richness! And such interesting information. I really love learning from your wealth of dish knowledge.
    I would love to have that flatware, thanks for the link.
    Beautiful, detailed and just every detail stunning!
    BTW- I am using my Charlotte plates for the TT this week. Do you carry them? I would love to add to my pieces.

  5. How pretty all the layering of texture on your table is! This is a wonderful tablescape.

  6. Wow, what an unusual colored pattern, very pretty. Your table is always beautifully done, Nancy. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous dishes each week.

  7. I love those dishes. What a lovely setting.

  8. Interesting background information about your dishes.

  9. Lovely, your transfer ware dishes are just amazing. I love these with the beautiful nice. You sure have a talent for setting an amazing table. Have a great VTT!

  10. I love the information you give about your dishes. I need to spend more time in your shop! Thank you so much for the lovely table.

  11. Nancy,
    Stunning and so rich looking. I love that pedistal dish that is holding your centerpiece and the pop of yellow draws your eye to it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Nancy...Interesting history and beautiful beautiful elements. Perfect~

  13. I enjoyed the history lesson! The plates are SO dramatic, and I like the flatware and stemware you've used with them here, too.

  14. Oh, Nancy, your dinnerware is fabulous! I love the flatware too and thanks for sharing the link. You have very creatively added beautiful finishing touches that set your tables apart/a cut above/definitely magazine worthy - you might even consider doing a book of tablescaping. I like how you describe how you put things together, too.
    Hugs, Beth

  15. Just lovely Nancy!

    Susan and Bentley

  16. Hi Nancy, I always enjoy your interesting informations about transferware and the makers. Thank you for this. And then you really knows, how to set a luscious table. It's great, as always.
    Greetings, Johanna

  17. WOW! Your attention to detail for your table setting is amazing. I love that you have so many things to do so many different tables. Those dishes are really unusual. Thanks for sharing.

  18. It's stunning..simply gorgeous. Each thing more beautiful than the last. Happy VTT, have a wonderful weekend..

  19. All the layering of feast for the eyes goodness ..... absolutely lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  20. What beautiful transferware. It's like nothing I've ever seen. I love all the layering of the linens, and the centerpiece is awesome!

  21. What a gorgeous tablesetting this is! You obviously have an artistic eye, because this is a work of art!
    Happy VTT1

  22. Hi Nancy~I just love how you doubled your placemats. What a wonderful way to shake up a tablescape! As always, you have the loveliest tablesetting...if I ever get to OK, I'm stopping by for a visit to see all your great dishes in person!! :)
    Have a wonderful day

  23. Wow....everything glows with such warmth!! Astounding!

    I've been a domestic goddess this week ...making new SOUTHWEST CURTAIN TIE-BACKS Stop by for a visit and viewing if you can find time! Have a great weekend.

  24. Love the flatware and so affordable too. Beautiful tablescape as usual.

  25. Hello there sweet lady Nancy,

    This fabulous post simply took my breath away! How do you do it?!.., I just love, love, love every exquisite detail!

    Well my oh my!~ What utter fabulousness!~ Every little detail from the flatware to the layering and the masterpiece of centerpiece,to the lace, to that beautiful plate!~ Just incredible really; a true feast for the eyes!

    Thank you ever so much Nancy for joining me once again for 'Tuesday Tea For Two' and 'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee'.., Please do join me once again next week daahling!~ ( My technical 'hiccups' are well and truly over I believe)!

    Nancy, I have that exact pattern and plate except in a square design, format! My mom found just one of those plates at an antique store and gifted me with it, many Chritmases ago; I just love it!

    Thank you so much also for the interesting primer on Myatt And Sons. Very helpful and informative!

    I do hope the prepatory for your shop's eminent opening is going well.

    Please do pop by for a visit again sometime!

    Have a marvelous Friday and weekend Nancy!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  26. Georgous! I love everything about it! The colors and textures are perfect!

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  29. Oh My Gosh Nancy, another gorgeous tablescape! All of the layers on your table are beautiful. Every detail is perfection! (I really wish you'd quit giving me all of these links to shops where I want to go buy some of these treasures you find - I need to stop spending money)! Your history lesson was interesting, and I loved reading the letter from the new factory owner. I always enjoy seeing the different ways things were worded in the past. Another great link for Favorite Things Sat. Thank you. laurie

  30. What a beautiful blog! Would love to see some of the Art Deco pieces you talk about! I love Art Deco ceramics. You might like my site - for all things Art Deco.

  31. This is a beautifully developed table, great design work. You have such pretty things! Joan

  32. LOVE your tablescape! I would never have thought to be so detailed. The Myott is gorgeous, also :)

  33. Beautiful settings. I just acquired at auction a nearly complete set of serving for 8 plus several serving bowls of Myott china Paramount pattern for only $5.00 for all. Now I appreciate more than ever what I have and am anxious to look for more patterns.

  34. I just acquired at auction a nearly complete service for 8 including cream/sugar, several serving bowls and several different sized serving plates all for $5.00. The pattern is Myott Paramount.....beautiful dishes.

  35. I have a "set" of 27 pieces of Brown Bermuda (unfortunately only 4 coffee cups, but 11 dinner plates, 2 round and 1 rectangular platter, coffee pot, sugar bowl, cream pitcher with broken but saved lid, dessert plates saucers, and a lid that goes with nothing I own) purchased in 1973 from an antique collector friend. I don't believe that I ever used them. Are they of value?

  36. In 1973, I purchased a "set" of brown Bermuda. The "set" includes 6 dinner plates, 6 lunchen plates, 5 cups and 6 saucers, 3 round platters, 1 rectangular platter, a sugar bowl & lid, a large serving/salad bowl, a teapot w/lid, a broken creamer w/ lid, and an cover. I have not used them but have carted them everywhere I went. The bottom says they were made in England. Do they have any value?


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