Our catalogue Man & Nature brings together a cross-section of ceramic works of art representing not only man’s triumph over nature in the eighteenth century but also a reflection of man’s evolving relationship with nature. ‘On Man, On Nature, On Human Life’, these words written by the poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) in his posthumously published poem The Recluse, are the inspiration for this catalogue.
We have great pleasure in launching our latest catalogue “White Gold” which draws inspiration from the very beginnings of porcelain manufacture in Europe at Meissen in 1710, when porcelain was named ‘white gold’. The pieces included show the development of the paste and glaze at this early period and how the new and novel material of porcelain was transformed into the ‘Silver style of shape’ to catch the eye of royal and aristocratic households of the day.
The collection also includes a very fine array of Worcester porcelain of the Regency period dating to the early part of the nineteenth century, including an important large vase and cover with scenes of hunting in a Worcestershire landscape.
We are very pleased to publish our collection of pottery and porcelain from private collections drawing its inspiration from the fashion and taste of the Rococo. These playful designs emanated from Europe and reached the British Isles in the mid eighteenth century. The items we have specially chosen for inclusion exhibit this insatiable natural force both in figures and wares used within the homes of Royalty and the Aristocracy of the period.
This very notable private collection was built up over a period of more than 50 years through the love that the collector had for the earliest of the products from the Chelsea Manufactory.
The catalogue ‘A Taste of Elegance’ charts the social history of dining in eighteenth century Europe. Within the groups of pottery and porcelain is included a private collection of European Faience from some of the very best and rarest manufactories to specialise in this medium.
It is our privilege to introduce this catalogue dedicated to the memory of Helga Riley, who died in the autumn of 2008. She is sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Paul Riley, known to us all as Dr. Paul Riley, has become a towering figure in the annals of English Porcelain over the last fifty years, and needs no introduction to most of you who have read his intricate discussions in the English Ceramics Circle Transactions. Dr. Severne MacKenna, a colossus in the Ceramic world, was a friend and mentor, and indeed no better teacher could have been found to explain his love and analysis of the earliest Worcester and Chelsea porcelains.
It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our collection of porcelain entitled Sculptural Splendour. Many of the pieces have been chosen with the clear theme of the modeller’s art and his representation of natural imagery. It is a triumph of Nature’s zest that is captured and tooled by man’s imagination and enhanced to create both anthropomorphic and fantastical forms, redolent of an age of peace, prosperity, and plenty during the eighteenth century. These forms are in turn loaded with symbols of love and desire to be strewn across tables and pleasure domes of the wealthy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to startling effect.