Worcester Porcelain: A Description of The Ware from the Wall Period to the Present Day. Illustrated by Ninety-Two Collotypes and Seventeen Chromo-Lithographs
1910 · London
by Hobson, R. L.
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1910. Hardbound. G (Binding has foxing or soiling; dj has substantial edge wear and front flap is separate but present; mylar and tissue covers for dj are sliced along outer spine; flyleaves are slightly foxed but majority of page surfaces are clean.). Heavily embossed blue cloth with gilt letters on spine & front cover; gilt decoration on front cover; light blue paper dust jacket protected by tissue and mylar cover; xi, 208. 17 tipped-in chromo-lithographs & 92 collotype plates. "The Worcester porcelain factory was from the first a purely English enterprise, and it is at once th most representative and the longest lived of our china works. Moreover, the conspicuous merits of its wares, and their great and ever-increasing popularity with collectors, place beyond dispute its claims to special attention. It was only natural, too, that the choice of this particular factory should have commended itself to Mr. Quaritch, for his name has been intimately connected with so much that has been written in the past by Mr. R. W. Binns on Worcester porcelain. The admirable pioneer works of Mr. Binns must form the foundation for all subsequent treatises on this fascinating theme, and I hasten to make the fullest acknowledgment of my debt, which is confessed by constant references to them in the following pages. ... In the present work I have approached the subject from the standpoint of the collector rather than the historian; and, while incorporating the many new facts and theories which have seen the light since the publication of Mr. Binns' book, I have dealth chiefly with the decorative aspect of the ware, and dwelt at length on the productions of the Wall period, which are rightly held in far higher estimation for their artistic merits than the wares of subsequent periods." (preface). (Inventory #: 152695)