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Lowestoft Porcelain Factory

East Anglia’s contribution to the history of English porcelain comes from the port of Lowestoft in Suffolk. This was where a factory was established in the 1750s which continued until the early 1800s, producing tablewares and some purely decorative pieces, decorated in underglaze blue or polychrome enamels.

A distinguishing feature is that many of the wares bear inscriptions and dates which adds a premium with collectors.


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Flawed but valuable documentary

18 January 2005

Top Right: it may be badly damaged but this 4 1/2in (10.5cm) high Lowestoft blue and white teapot and cover is an exceptionally rare and documentary piece.

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Lowestoft cider mug is star of sale

10 August 2004

PART of the large consignment of 18th century English porcelain from a local, mid-Wales private vendor, this 18th century underglaze blue painted Lowestoft cider mug, offered as the final lot in Brightwells’ Ceramics and Glass sale in Leominster on July 21, proved to be the star of the sale.

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Limehouse pickle is a £4200 dish

02 June 2004

THE market’s mood for the earliest English porcelain was in evidence at the April 27 sale held by Brettells (12% buyer’s premium) of Newport. The Shropshire firm offered a 16-lot private collection of mainly Worcester wares.

Forget Aladdin, here’s Cadman’s Cave

10 September 2002

The Margaret Cadman Collection - Preview: The short supply of good quality period ceramics (indeed of all antiques) compared to the golden era of past collecting is a constant lament these days and one often wonders just what has happened to all of them? For several thousand pieces the answer is that they have been squirrelled away for decades in a large Victorian house on the South Coast.

Lowestoft’s rarest animal

05 June 2002

Mention rare animals to a Lowestoft resident and you are likely to be directed to Suffolk’s only wildlife park on the outskirts of town, where African lions and ring-tailed lemurs roam the saltmarshes.