Exhibition | Sir Hans Sloane’s Plants on Chelsea Porcelain

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on June 6, 2015

From the press release:

Sir Hans Sloane’s Plants on Chelsea Porcelain: A Loan Exhibition
Stockspring Antiques, London, 2–16 June 2015


Chelsea plate with a wavy brown-edged rim, painted with a Corallodendron flower, leaves, floret, seed pod and seeds, and two butterflies, ca. 1753–56; Mark: red anchor over 34;
24.5 cm (Private Collection)

The exhibition Sir Hans Sloane’s Plants on Chelsea Porcelain aims to identify the plants on Chelsea porcelain botanical wares and link them to their source drawings and prints—many of which were by G. D. Ehret and were published by Philip Miller in Figures of the most Beautiful, Useful, and Uncommon plants described in the Gardeners Dictionary and other botanical publications of the period. The catalogue includes chapters on Sir Hans Sloane, the Chelsea Physic Garden, and Philip Miller’s role in receiving and propagating the imported plants and seeds from the New World, Africa, and Asia, as well as his influence on garden planting and design in Britain. The exhibition comprises of the loan of over 70 pieces of Chelsea porcelain from private and museum collections, which are shown with their relevant source engravings. Previously only about 10 plants on Chelsea porcelain had been correctly identified and linked to botanical engravings; so the exhibition includes significant new research.

The catalogue by Sally Kevill-Davies is generously sponsored by the Cadogan Estate (email stockspring@antique-porcelain.co.uk to order a copy, £30 + p&p). The exhibition is on view at Stockspring Antiques, 114 Kensington Church St., London W8 4BH, weekdays 10–5.30 and Saturdays 10–4; closed on Sundays.

Sally Kevill-Davies, Sir Hans Sloane’s Plants on Chelsea Porcelain (London: 2015), 229 pages, ISBN: 978-0956570222, £30.


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