Brown transfer printing was possible almost as soon as underglaze transfer printing on earthenware was introduced in the late 18th century. They continued to be made throughout the 19th century and while they were a small part of the market in Britain, they seem to have been much more popular in America. In the late Victorian period brown prints were used extensively for patterns in the aesthetic style which grew out of the fashionable arts and crafts movement.
Plate made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, printed with Water-Lily pattern, made about 1810
Sauce tureen, made by Joseph Clementson, Staffordshire, printed with Udina pattern, made about 1850
Soup plate made by W. H. Grindley & Co., Staffordshire with one of the designs from Grindley’s Daffodil Series which was registered on January 7, 1882