Brian Gallagher, Curator of Decorative Arts, will be visiting exceptional works from the Mint's renowned collection of British Ceramics.
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.
Brian Gallagher, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Mint, will present highlights of this collection, focusing especially on works that are exceptional because of their rarity, craftsmanship, provenance, or as representative examples of particular types or methods of production or decoration. Much of the research and observations he will share derives from his work on two recent projects: in Fall 2015, the Mint, together with D. Giles Limited of London, published over 225 highlights of the collection in British Ceramics 1675-1825: The Mint Museum, and in early 2016, the museum opened a new installation of the collection titled Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825. Brian will briefly discuss this installation, as well as some recent acquisitions to the Mint's permanent collection of British ceramics.
Sponsored by the Delhom Service League. All events are in the Van Every Auditorium, Mint Museum Randolph, unless otherwise noted. Free and open to all.