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Housed in the Bristol City Art Gallery and Museum, the A J Smith Collection is one of the finest and most extensive collections of Lund's Bristol and early Worcester Porcelain. It charts the development of the first two viable porcelain factories outside London. Although Lund's china house in Bristol was short-lived, ownership of his soaprock recipe passed up the Severn to Dr Wall's factory in Worcester, which recently celebrated over 250 years of continuous production. In this specially commissioned, ground-breaking study Simon Spero analyses for the first time the contents of this remarkable collection and presents a detailed breakdown of the different shapes and types of decoration. Particular care is given to the conclusions that can be drawn about the commercial strategy employed by the two enterprises in seeking to establish a niche in a fiercely competitive and volatile market. Two chapters by Richard Burt focus upon the socio-economic and political context in which the two factories were created and the numerous historical controversies which surround this critical period of English ceramics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780955122101
ISBN-10: 0955122104
Format: Hardback
(300mm x 216mm x 25mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: J and C Smith
Publisher: J and C Smith
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Simon Spero

Simon Spero is a leading authority on eighteenth century English Porcelain. He has lectured extensively in the UK, North America and Australia and has organised many seminars on Early English porcelain. His books include The Price Guide to Eighteenth Century English Porcelain (1970), Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection (1984), The Bowles Collection of Eighteenth Century English and French Porcelain (1994), Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection (1997) and a short monograph The Simpson Collection of 18th Century English Blue and White Miniature Porcelain (2003). He is a specialist dealer in early English porcelain with a gallery just off Kensington Church Street

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