The London Ceramics Fair, organised by Nick Gent of Prestige Ceramic Fairs, is one of the first fairs to start the New Year.
The biannual event is open from 11am-5pm on
Sunday, January 12, at Kensington Town Hall in Hornton Street, W8,
and this time has about 24 dealers offering English, Asian and
Continental pottery and
Exhibitors include David
Norley from Kent with early English porcelain;
Juno Antiques from London with 19th century
pottery and porcelain; Warrington dealer Martin
Olver, who brings wares from Liverpool, Lowestoft and
Worcester factories, and Peter Scott, who
specialises in 19th century printed pottery.
A newcomer this year is Staffordshire-based
Peter Hall with English porcelain.
Once again the fair coincides with the
January meeting of the English Ceramic Circle, which will be held
on the same day in the adjacent library building.
One item on sale at the fair will be a
delightful Staffordshire mug, valued at around £1100, which
celebrated the royal christening at Buckingham Place in February
1841, of the first of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's nine
children, Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise.
Printed in black and showing the infant
Princess Royal in a horse-drawn pram with attendants in the grounds
of Windsor Castle, the inside border is inscribed Princess
Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa.
Apparently the baby's sex was not what the
queen had hoped for. "A girl and not a boy, as we had so hoped and
wished, we were I'm afraid sadly disappointed," she said in her
The mug will be on the stand of Sue
Rees of Harpenden in Hertfordshire,whodeals online and at
specialist ceramics fairs, and who specialises in commemorative
ceramics from 1680 to 1880. She will be standing alongside her
husband Peter who takes the timeline forward and
covers 1880 to 2000.
Both were ardent collectors for more than 20
years before they started dealing through their website www.commemorativeceramics.co.uk and they now
exhibiting regularly at the NEC and Prestige Ceramic Fairs.
Interestingly, Sue has also sourced an
unusual plate celebrating the same christening, titled, peculiarly
and without explanation, The Bishop of Heliopolis.