The East Anglian fishing port of Lowestoft, set far away from
the other centres of 18th century porcelain production
like London, Staffordshire or Liverpool, began producing porcelain
commercially in the late 1750s.
It was very much a local concern and local is the best word to
describe the scope of factory and its wares, the geographical
spread of its original clientele and, by and large, the nature of
its collecting base today.
The unsophisticated functionality of Lowestoft products with
their inscribed legends and simple floral motifs in blue or,
increasingly from the 1770s in polychrome enamels, all combine to
impart a naïve charm to this East Anglian porcelain and is a major
part of their attraction.
From the ATG Archive
26 November 2011
Lowestoft porcelain specialist and Suffolk auctioneer Russell Sprake marked 50 years in the auction business last month with perhaps his finest ever sale – and a record price for the factory at auction.
09 July 2011
The auction of British ceramics at Bonhams on May 18 was the first at New Bond Street for six months and it was a big ensemble made up of the usual range of single-owner collections mingled with material from various vendors.
22 November 2008
Latest results now prompt a rethink in London on English porcelain as East Anglian enthusiasts take pride in collecting local factory’s output.
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15 January 2014
English porcelain birth tablets are unique to Lowestoft – and one of many pieces that give the factory’s wares such a profound sense of time and place.
21 May 2011
THOMAS Grant Dixon formed his Worcester collection from 1940-70. This discerning collector was a great friend of H. Rissik Marshall, the famed Worcester collector and author whose collection now resides in the Ashmolean at Oxford.
21 December 2012
The London Ceramics Fair, organised by Nick Gent of Prestige Ceramic Fairs, is one of the first fairs to start the New Year.
04 April 2011
ONE of the rarer acts of peace-time bravery saw the crew of the airship R33 awarded the Air Force Medal.They included George Ernest Long, whose medals and associated ephemera came up for auction at Lockdales of Ipswich on March 27.
27 September 2011
Lowestoft porcelain specialist and Suffolk auctioneer Russell Sprake is marking 50 years in the auction business this month with perhaps his finest ever sale.
05 July 2010
TO many people, Geoffrey Godden is indivisible from English porcelain. The scholar and author is a name on every ceramic enthusiast’s bookshelves through the many books on English ceramics written during the course of his 60 years of collecting and study.