Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Teal Transferware by Adams ~ Fairy Villas Tablescape

For over 12 generations, the Adams were Master Potters whose Staffordshire potteries can be dated back to 1650.  Most often called William Adams the name incorporates some of the earliest potters of this family, such as William Adams of Greengates Pottery, Tunstall 1746-1805, later another William Adams of Cobridge and Burslem 1748-1831 and yet another William Adams of Stoke on Trent 1772-1829, although an exception was Benjamin Adams a fine potter at Greengates Pottery, Tunstall, 1787-1828. Later they traded as W Adams & Co, W Adams & Sons at Greenfields, Greengates and Newfield Potteries, Tunstall, before incorporating in 1925 as William Adams & Sons (Potters) Ltd. In 1966 Adams became part of Josiah Wedgwood Ltd. Backstamps usually include Adams in some form and Tunstall often appears from 1896.
My table this week is for one and includes a tea service in W. Adams & Co.'s Fairy Villas pattern.  The mark on the pattern dates somewhere between 1891-1917.  It is most often found in flow blue and very rare to find in teal.  Most of these pieces can be found for sale in my online shop under Teal Transferware.

Ma Jolie Maison Fabrics and Drapes made a tablecloth for me with Schumacher's 'Les Enfants' toile fabric, which the store carries by the yard along with other designer fabrics and custom drapes and pillows.  I absolutely adore each cartouche depicting children at play and the color is perfect for these Adams dishes.  I chose to accent with a bit of taupe and brown which is the color of each cartouche in the fabric.  I ran two strips of brown toile fabric across my table and threw in a teal colored wicker picnic basket filled with roses, vintage linens and more teal dishes to add a little whimsy and texture to my table.  I think this will be a nice store display too!

A large waste bowl serves as a candle holder with a single floating candle which I got from Zest candles.

Vintage embroidered napkins are held together with brown transferware napkin rings.

A little splash of color is added with a vase filled with pink silk roses.

The teapot, sugar bowl and creamer are all available in my shop, English TransferwareThis teal color is beautiful with shades of purple and pink.

 Below are some pics of various potteries the Adams family (no pun intended) operated from.

Greengate Works - 1780's

Brick House Works at Burslem

Stoke Upon Trent along Church Street, 1819

Visit all these lovely blogs and parties for lots of inspiration and eye candy!

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Toot Your Horn Tuesdays
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
vintage Thingy Thursday
Brambleberry Cottage
Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Diane at A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words for Second Time Around Tuesday
and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee at Silken Purse 
Wanda @ The Plumed Pen
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations 
Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home


  1. I absolutely love the teal transfer ware!! I have never seen that color before!!

  2. You are the Queen of Transferware! Love this pattern! And it goes so nicely with the tablecloth!

  3. How LOVELY!! I don't know that I've ever seen teal transferware but will be looking for it from now on. The picnic basket it devine :)


  4. so many beautiful pieces, love the grn and brn combo~

  5. My goodness! This is special alright! Beautiful!

  6. I have never seen the teal transferware and it is a feast for the eyes. I always enjoy dropping by and seeing all your transferware. Joni

  7. Once again, you have taken my breath away!! Wonderful color combo....and yes, purple would be another choice....never see much in the teal, and when I win the LOttery, I'll be back to shop!!! hugs...cleo

  8. You have the most adorable collection of transferware, Nancy. These teal ones are really unusual, so pretty..Christine

  9. Nancy, this sets such a gorgeous table. The toile textiles, the elegant forms of this pottery, and that teal color are each stunning. It is always such a treat to visit one of your posts. I learn and leave inspired! Thank you. ~ Sarah

  10. Beautiful setting, lovely transfware, and a fabulous basket!


  11. Love the teal transferware, so pretty and you've coordinated everything so well with it!


  12. This is a lovely tablescape. I adore your tablecloth which makes a lovely combination with the teal coloured transferware!
    Greetings from Europe!

  13. Stunning, can you think to part with such beautiful pieces? Your tables are always a treat, down to the minutest detail.

  14. Hi Nancy,
    This is one of the most exquisite tablesettings.
    I had no idea that transferware was created in this color. Thank you for sharing at Teapots and Tea Things Tuesday.
    Blesings, Pam

  15. Transferware is my new love, I think. Just need to decide on a color!!! Your tablescape is spectacular. Thank you for sharing your dishes and your knowledge.

  16. What a gorgeous tablescape! It all looks very elegant and I love the color of your transferware! I'm new here and so happy to find your blog!

  17. Gorgeous, Nancy! Loved the wonderful table linens and the beautiful teal transferware ... and thank you for the education about the Adams family potteries. Fascinating reading!

  18. Oh my this is gorgeous, I think my fav so far this week. I just adore transferware and thanks to you who educate us too, I have learned more about it and seen so many colors. I saw a teal green serving bowl yesterday at the thrift store and thought of buying it. But I was buying enough already.
    Thanks for the beautiful eye candy!!

  19. Nancy, I don't think I have every seen teal transferware but it is so pretty! The linens you have are so interesting too with the little children. I always enjoy my visits to you. Linda

  20. I love this...different and very pretty :)

  21. Absolutely gorgeous Nancy! Your table setting is so perfectly set. The transfer ware dishes (and tea cup) are so beautiful.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  22. Hello there Nancy!

    Thanks so much for joining in with our tea parties once again this week!..,

    Your lovely beyond, tablecloth and transferware, tea cups, teapots and lit candle nestled within that cup; your flowers and exquiste details, especially the color of the teal transferware are simply breathtakingly pretty!

    Lovely as always!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

  23. I have never seen teal transferware. Thank you so much for the history and sharing the dishes.. it's all quite beautiful.

  24. This is devine. You have so many beautiful things. I've never seen such a grand collection of Teal. Just lovely.

    - The Tablescaper

  25. The Adams teal transfeware is absolutely stunning...and the Schumacher toile tablecloth is the perfect choice for your tablescape. I am drooling over this one...lovely image, I know...nonetheless, this is gorgeous..every detail. Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection this evening! Can you tell that teal is one of my favorite colors...I've lost all semblance of objectivity! Cherry Kay

  26. This transferware is just gorgeous! I have never seen that color. The linens and other details that you have included are so beautiful.

  27. gorgeous scape. love your creativity with the floating candle and chocolates. My fav is the fabric and how it ties back to the brown napkin rings. You get to have all the fun, Girlie! lol

  28. Nancy, The teal transferware is gorgeous! I love the tablecloth and the vintage napkins. Everything is perfect.
    Hugs, Sherry

  29. Transferware and toile -- makes my heart sing! This is lovely -- I love that tablecloth!

  30. The tea setting is beautiful and I love the transferware and the custom cloth!

  31. That is such a beautiful collection of teal dishes and I love the tablecloth too.


  32. Your posts on transferware are always so interesting and informative. I am going to email you with a question soon about some old pieces that I have.

  33. I have alway liked blue or brown transferware but now I believe that teal has become my favorite. Your toile fabrics are lovely too. Thanks for sharing this lovely and inspiring table.

  34. Wonderful! Would love to share on our page


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