Matthew at his bedroom window, where globe paperweights caught the sun’s rays with disastrous consequences It is not what most would consider a dangerous hobby. But a glass paperweight nearly cost one collector his life after it caught the sun’s rays and set his home on fire. Matthew Williams, who has collected paperweights for seven years, woke to find his flat burning around him. The year-old from Elgin, Moray, Scotland, said he believes the blaze was caused by one of three paperweights he had placed on his bedroom windowsill. I would never have got past the fire. I’m not taking any risks with them. Firefighters recorded the cause of the blaze at Matthew’s home as ‘radiated heat’ and warned that people should be aware of the threat of the suns rays reflecting through their glass ornaments. Mr Williams is consigning his collection to storage in the wake of the freak fire Fred Welsh of Grampian Fire and Rescue said: Antique paperweights were made primarily in three French factories, between and , in Baccarat, St Louis, and Clichy. Share or comment on this article:
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Royal Wedding Royal wedding: No need to despair: In an otherwise difficult market for purveyors of luxury china, the wedding has made a decent year for this British firm, which still manufactures almost everything on home turf, in Derby.
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It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year. So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections. Change It wasn’t trendy , funny, nor was it coined on Twitter , but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined Unlike in , change was no longer a campaign slogan. But, the term still held a lot of weight. Here’s an excerpt from our Word of the Year announcement in The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: In the past two years, has there been enough change?
Has there been too much? Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs. Only time will tell if the latest wave of change Americans voted for in the midterm elections will result in a negative or positive outcome. Tergiversate This rare word was chosen to represent because it described so much of the world around us. Tergiversate means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.
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Three images to start showing the entrance to the visitor centre, the showroom and factory shop main picture and the Royal Crest above the entrance that states the manufacturers of fine bone china are “By appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother”. On the upper floor of the visitor centre is the Crown Derby Museum and although this is the one place in the building where photography is prohibited, a display of photographs outside the museum records a visit in Her Royal Highness The Princess Of Wales.
Back downstairs, in the foyer, is a display case showcasing the Royal Crown Derby Paperweight Collection.
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It originated in London in and expanded its size and reputation through both acquisition and organic growth. Today its products include porcelain, collectibles, dinnerware, glassware, giftware, jewelery, linens and more. Doulton Home is now part of the Waterford Wedgwood group and most of the current production for these three brands is performed outside of the United Kingdom, in the Far East and Indonesia. John Doulton, born in Fulham in , learned his trade at the Fulham Manufacturing Company, well known as one of the first English commercial producers of stoneware, founded by master potter John Dwight in John Doulton completed his apprenticeship, earning a reputation as one of the best pot throwers in London.
The factory specialized in producing utilitarian salt glazed stoneware, similar to the Fulham factory. In Henry Doulton, the second son of John, joined the firm, at the age of He had a great aptitude for all aspects of pottery making and was soon making major contributions to the business. In , in response to greater health awareness and the need for glazed piping to replace the older porous brick sewers, Doulton built a pipe factory on what was to become the Albert Embankment.
The demand for these products was tremendous and within three years Doulton founded factories in Dudley and St Helens to meet the need for pipes and other sanitary ware. John Watts retired from the company in
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Bone China with gilt. Delightful shape with continual scene around the jug. An absolutely gorgeous little pot in superb condition. Green printed backstamp and date cypher for Mikado Jug or Pitcher c Bone china with gilt.
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Josiah Spode is also often credited with developing a successful formula for fine bone china. Whether this is true or not, his son, Josiah Spode II, was certainly responsible for the successful marketing of English bone china. Portmeirion Group acquired Spode in Portmeirion Group are dedicated to the development of Spode, its product ranges and its valued customers.
Josiah Spode is known to have worked for Thomas Whieldon from the age of 16 until he was He then worked in a number of partnerships until he went into business for himself, renting a small potworks in the town of Stoke-on-Trent in ; in he completed the purchase of what became the current Spode factory. His early products comprised earthenwares such as creamware a fine cream-coloured earthenware and pearlware a fine earthenware with a bluish glaze as well as a range of stonewares including black basalt, caneware, and jasper which had been popularized by Josiah Wedgwood.
The history and products of the Spode factory have inspired generations of historians and collectors, and a useful interactive online exhibition was launched in October Underglaze blue transfer printing Josiah Spode I is credited with the introduction of underglaze blue transfer printing on earthenware in The Worcester and Caughley factories had commenced transfer printing underglaze and over glaze on porcelain in the early s, and from overglaze printing was also applied to earthenware and stoneware.
The processes for underglaze and overglaze decoration were very different. To adapt the process from the production of small porcelain teawares to larger earthenware dinnerwares required the creation of more flexible paper to transmit the designs from the engraved copper plate to the biscuit earthenware body, and the development of a glaze recipe that brought the color of the black-blue cobalt print to a brilliant perfection. When Spode employed the skilled engraver Thomas Lucas and printer James Richard, both of the Caughley factory, in he was able to introduce high quality blue printed earthenware to the market.
Thomas Minton, another Caughley-trained engraver, also supplied copper plates to Spode until he opened his own factory in Stoke-on-Trent in
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Known for its production of bone china, tableware, and other decorative pieces, the company name is synonymous with quality. Even today, production remains totally in Britain. Many skilled craftsmen came to Derby to produce the fine pieces, which began gaining recognition after a London showroom opened in He assembled many talented artists and craftsmen to create beautifully decorative pieces, which are highly collectable today.
Royal Crown Derby Imari In the mid th century the factory produced elegant pieces with more experimental designs.
A collection of antique enamel silver cases coming up for auction on 10th January January is often a lean time in auction rooms with few goods around to service the high demands from collectors eager to get the year under way. Plymouth Auction Rooms are again bucking the trend by hosting a sale of lovely jewellery, rare and vintage watches and collectable silver. The evening sale on 10th January features several interesting silver collectables including a novelty pair of Edwardian silver and enamelled sugar nips in the The John Speed Map coming up for auction on 7th March John Speed is one of the best known names in the history of English cartography, producing his first map in and in “Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World” the first world atlas produced by an Englishman.
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Anyway, just to play fair with the rest of you out there, we had to cajole and wrestle a number of weights from the grips of several festival attendees who were trying to convince us to let them buy them on the spot! Rare antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori on moss ground paperweight. This is a luxuriant antique glasswork—with brilliantly colored canes basking on a stately carpet of rich, almost breathing green, as those who saw it can attest.
This paperweight is redolent of royalty, like a large emerald, studded with precious gems. Yes, it comes with a stand, but you have to pay for the security systems. Watch out for attractive couples who are really cat burglars… From the Queen of the Adriatic to the Queen of Greece!
Bone China with gilt. Delightful shape with continual scene around the jug. An absolutely gorgeous little pot in superb condition. Green printed backstamp and date cypher for Mikado Jug or Pitcher c Bone china with gilt. A gorgous jug in this fabulous chinoiserie pattern. Mikado Coffee Pot c Bone China with gilt. Lovely piece with continual scene around the pot. Has a hairline running down from the rim for about 2 ins.
Fine as a display piece. Mikado Sugar Bowl c s Bone China with gilt. Royal Crown Derby Made in England. A little minor blue smudging inside otherwise excellent condition.
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If you’ve graduated kindergarten, you know you’re not supposed to. But for centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that physical traits corresponded to personality. Even Aristotle thought there was a connection between the book and its cover. Today, physiognomy—as the study of facial features linked to personality became known—is considered a pseudoscience, but it was the first application of any science at all to criminology.
There has been the suggestion that Planche may have supplied china to William Duesbury in London for decorating, and this led to the later partnership referred to above. Whether true or not, the formation of the partnership marks the start of the real history of china manufacture in Derby. The factory was established on the Nottingham Road. The partnership was immediately successful and within a short period large quantities of good quality china were being dispatched to eager markets in London to be sold by their Factor, a Mr.
Williams, at his warehouse at Craig’s Court, Charing Cross. Most china making was at Derby with mainly decoration at the Chelsea factory and Duesbury closed the Chelsea factory in moving the plant, equipment and most of the staff to the Derby site. The Bow China Works were sold to Duesbury in and suffered a similar fate. William Duesbury died in and his son, also William, continued the business until his death in at the age of In ill-health had caused him to form a partnership with Michael Kean, an Irish china painter and designer, and following his death, his widow, Elizabeth Duesbury formed a new business partnership with Michael Kean.
The two business partners married in , but the union was shortlived, failing in