Chelsea Porcelain

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British Museum Press, 2001 - Antiques & Collectibles - 208 pages
Some of the most delightful English porcelain ever made was manufactured in the middle of the eighteenth century at a factory in Chelsea set up two Frenchmen, the jeweller Charles Gouyn and the silversmith Nicholas Sprimont. Sprimont's enterprise - and the skill of the craftsmen he employed - helped to establish English soft paste alongside the great European porcelain manufactures of Meissen and Sevres; and the figures and wares he produced now fetch thousands of pounds at auction. Elizabeth Adams charts the progress of Sprimont's venture and describes in detail the wares now known as Chelsea. Meticulous research into contemporary manuscripts and catalogues has enabled her to reconstruct the history of the Chelsea porcelain factory, from its setting up in c. 1744 to its final destruction in 1784, some fifteen years after Sprimont himself ceased to be associated with it. She describes Sprimont's wares and figures in the order of the marks - Triangle, Raised Anchor and Gold Anchor - that distinguish their production, and provides a detailed account of the styles, decoration and colours used at each period, together with the names of most of those craftsmen who have been identified.

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Retired Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri. His publication record includes technical and popular works in computer programming, biological sciences, Poetry, technical medical topics, Operations Research and children's books.

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