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Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825

16 January 2016 - Ongoing

Mint Museum Randolph


Water Bottle,  circa 1760-17770, earthenware, tin glaze. London, England. Museum Purchase: Delhom Collection. 1965.48.603. Collection of The Mint Museum Teapot, circa 1745, stoneware, salt glaze. Stafforshire, England. Museum Purchase: Delhom Collection. 1965.48.1091a-b. Collection of The Mint Museum. William Littler (British, 1724-1784). Sweetmeat Stand, circa 1765-1770, earthenware, lead glaze. West Pans, East Lothian, Scotland. Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary. 1971.3.16. Collection of The Mint Museum.


Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825 presents more than 200 highlights of this collection in an installation in the Alexander, Spangler, and Harris Galleries at Mint Museum Randolph. The objects are interpreted through a variety of thematic lenses - function, style, manufacturing technique, maker- to encourage visitors to engage with the objects in ways they find personally meaningful and interesting. The exhibition includes many objects that have never before been on view, as well as contemporaneous works of art in from the Mint's holdings in other media, including paintings, furniture, fashion, and silver.  


The Mint Museum's collection of eighteenth-century British pottery and porcelain is widely respected for its scope and quality. The collection numbers over 2,000 objects and includes important examples of both salt-glazed and dry-bodied stoneware from Staffordshire; tin-glazed earthenware from Bristol, Liverpool, and London; and cream-colored earthenware from Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire. Notable eighteenth-century porcelain factories represented include Chelsea, Bow, and Vauxhall in London, Longton Hall in Staffordshire, Worcester, Bristol, and others. Individual works in the collection are exceptional because of their rarity, craftsmanship, provenance, or as representative examples of particular types or methods of production or decoration.  


The exhibition is accompanied by a 270-page, illustrated collection catalogue, British Ceramics 1675-1825: The Mint Museum, produced by the museum in collaboration with D. Giles Limited, London.  Both the catalogue and the exhibition coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the museum's purchase of the Delhom Collection of British and European ceramics.  



Ceramics Terms and Definitions 


Important Names and Factories  






Timelines and History 










More Information

ebook Handbook to the Collection of British Pottery and Porcelain, in the Museum of Practical Geology





Created by Karin Holvik, Intern for the Mint Museum Library