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Three major groups of English Porcelains

Posted by Ross and Gael Ramsay on October 24, 2020 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we look at three significant groups of English porcelains whose pre-eminence has all too often been inversely proportional to the level of scholarship afforded each group.


The first group is the so-called 'A'-marked group. Recent research by us (Ramsay and Ramsay, 2017) draws attention that not all 'A'-marked wares may accord with the 1744 patent specification of Heylyn and Frye. Possibly a better name to recognise those porcelains made using Cherokee clay imported fro...

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A False 'Limehouse' shell dish

Posted by Ross and Gael Ramsay on October 24, 2020 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A False 'Limehouse' shell dish



Pickle dish, 'false Limehouse', England. Soft-paste magnesian-phosphatic (Mg-P) porcelain. Ex Godden Collection (Bonhams, May 2011, Sale 19105, Lot 254).


Excavations on the Limehouse site at 20 Fore Street in 1990 have recognised two compositional variants amongst the wasters recovered, namely a Si-Al type and a Si-Al-Ca type. More recently, further w...

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A Fluted Porcelain Coffee Cup

Posted by Ross and Gael Ramsay on May 23, 2020 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This small fluted porcelain cup standing 5.7 cm high is part of a small group of English porcelains numbering some 45 extant examples known as the 'A'-marked group or more correctly members of the 1744 Heylyn and Frye patent. We would suggest that this small group is arguably the most significant group of 18th C English porcelains based on a number of criteria.


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