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Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces

Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces

Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces

The Story
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The National Trust’s ceramic collection is vast, numbering approximately 75,000 artefacts, housed in 250 historic properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What is distinct about the collection are the individual stories behind these objects that go beyond mere place and date of production, revealing the very personal histories of ownership, display, taste and consumption.

Collectively, patterns emerge from these narratives documenting the acquisition, patronage and collecting of ceramics among the British aristocracy and gentry over four centuries.

Rather than presenting the objects in isolation, where possible and appropriate the ceramics are illustrated in their original interiors.

Following an introduction, the individual entries focus on production, exchange and appreciation, placing the objects in the socio-economic
environment in which they were created for a broader understanding of their relevance today.

One hundred ‘stories’ have been selected from this rich treasure trove of ceramics from Asia, Europe, Britain and the Americas. Rather than being presented in the usual chronological order by production date or divided by material, geography or use, this ground-breaking publication presents the material in the order these objects begin to appear in elite British households, based on documentary evidence in the form of original invoices, inventories, auction catalogues, dealer archives, paintings, and photographs. No other collection in the world has such a breadth and depth of provenance to present this critical timeline.

Format: Hardback

Extent: 250 pages

Images: around 300

ISBN: 9781781300435


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5 Average Rating 5/5 (1 review)
5 stars An interesting addition to the Library of National Trust Books Written by

With over 80,000 ceramics displayed in 250 houses owned by the National Trust the items described in this book are of necessity only a very small section of what is on display .Patricia Ferguson has made a personal and what I feel is a subjective choice and each of her choices is thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated.There is much useful information for anyone interested in porcelain although I do wonder whether the items are representative of the Trusts Collections as a whole.This book was first published in 2016 and is the very first book of its kind to shed any light on any of the porcelain on display in the very many stately homes visited by thousands of people each year.This is a very welcome addition to the Trust's Library. I look forward to a similar publication dealing with items of furniture.

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