Exhibition | Portals to the Past: British Ceramics, 1675–1825

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on January 7, 2016

William Greatbatch, Tea Canister, Soup Plate, Teapot; Fenton, Staffordshire, England, 1765–1770, cream-colored earthenware, lead glaze (Charlotte: The Mint Museum)

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From The Mint Museum:

Portals to the Past: British Ceramics, 1675–1825
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, opening 16 January 2015 (running for two years)

The Mint Museum’s collection of eighteenth-century British pottery and porcelain is widely respected for its scope and quality. The collection numbers over 2,000 objects and includes important examples of both salt-glazed and dry-bodied stoneware from Staffordshire; tin-glazed earthenware from Bristol, Liverpool, and London; and cream-colored earthenware from Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire. Notable eighteenth-century porcelain factories represented include Chelsea, Bow, and Vauxhall in London, Longton Hall in Staffordshire, Worcester, Bristol, and others. Individual works in the collection are exceptional because of their rarity, craftsmanship, provenance, or as representative examples of particular types or methods of production or decoration.

William Littler, Sweetmeat Stand; West Pans, East Lothian, Scotland, 1765–70, earthenware, lead glaze (Charlotte: The Mint Museum)

William Littler, Sweetmeat Stand; West Pans, East Lothian, Scotland, 1765–70, earthenware, lead glaze (Charlotte: The Mint Museum)

British Ceramics 1675–1825 presents more than 200 highlights of this collection in a new installation in the Alexander, Spangler, and Harris Galleries at Mint Museum Randolph. The objects are interpreted through a variety of thematic lenses—function, style, manufacturing technique, maker—to encourage visitors to engage with the objects in ways they find personally meaningful and interesting. The exhibition includes many objects that have never before been on view, as well as contemporaneous works of art in from the Mint’s holdings in other media, including paintings, furniture, fashion, and silver.

The exhibition’s opening follows the December release of a 270-page, illustrated catalogue, British Ceramics 1675–1825: The Mint Museum, produced by the museum in collaboration with D. Giles Limited, London. Both the catalogue and the exhibition honor the fiftieth anniversary of the museum’s purchase of the Delhom Collection of British and European ceramics.

Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675–1825 is presented by the Delhom Service League, ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum, with additional support provided by Moore & Van Allen.

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From Giles:

Brian Gallagher, Barbara Stone Perry, Letitia Roberts, Diana Edwards, Pat Halfpenny, Maurice Hillis, and Margaret Ferris Zimmerman, British Ceramics 1675–1825: The Mint Museum (London: D. Giles Limited, 2015), 272 pages, ISBN: 978-1907804366, £50 / $80.

9781907804366British Ceramics 1675–1825 is an important and visually stunning new publication which highlights 200 of the best pieces from the The Mint Museum’s collection, selected on account of their rarity, craftsmanship, notable provenance, or as important examples of particular types, or methods of production, or decoration. Each object is illustrated in colour, and is accompanied by a catalogue entry including title, manufacturer, date, medium, marks, dimensions, description of other unique physical aspects (inscriptions or quote on the body of the vessel), provenance, previous publication history and exhibition history. Descriptive text for each piece covers unusual and pertinent aspects of its manufacture and history.

Brian Gallagher is the curator of Decorative Arts, The Mint Museum. Barbara Stone Perry is the former curator of Decorative Arts, The Mint Museum. Letitia Roberts is an independent scholar and consultant, and the former senior international specialist for European Ceramics and Chinese Export Porcelain at Sotheby’s, New York. Diana Edwards is a prolific writer and lecturer on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British ceramics, and advises numerous ceramics organizations. Pat Halfpenny is a highly respected expert on Staffordshire pottery, and is curator emerita of Ceramics and Glass and retired Director of Museum Collections at Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Maurice Hillis has published extensively on eighteenth-century English pottery and porcelain, and is the former chairman and current president of the Northern Ceramic Society, United Kingdom. Margaret Ferris Zimmermann lectured on ceramics for the Delhom Service League’s orientation program at The Mint Museum for many years and is the former editor of the American Ceramic Circle Journal.

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