Signed by the author on front free endpaper, including inscription to previous owner.
This handsome volume provides a unique opportunity for everyone interested in English porcelain to benefit from the wealth of knowledge, experience and devotion that Geoffrey Godden has put into assembling his internationally renowned Reference Collection.
Mr Godden presents three pieces from each of the main English eighteenth-century porcelain factories as examples not of rarity but of characteristic types. He gives the reasons for singling out each object, pointing out its particular features, explaining why it is in the circumstances of its purchase. The pieces are shown in colour and black-and-white, with numerous detailed photographs to illustrate key numerous points, often including the generally unseen base. The selection, which is a very personal one, also includes examples of English decoration on Chinese porcelains; ceramic decoration by Fidelle Duvivier and James Giles; printed wares; fakes; reproductions and re-decorated porcelains. Specialist reference books are listed so that the readers may delve deeper, and there is even a section on "Some Colleting Mistakes", In all there are 115 entries, numbered for easy reference. Geoffrey Godden describes the pieces in his Collection as "friends" and his infectious enthusiasm makes Eighteenth-century English Porcelain as enjoyable as it is informative.
Published by Granada Publishing Limited, London, 1985
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