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May 2020 
On October 1, 1673, Louis XIV granted a privilège by letters patent to establish the first porcelain factory in France, to Louis Poterat of Rouen. A recently discovered example. Read More
An older Dionysus or Sardanapalus, the last king of Assyria? Doccia's version of Bartolomeo Cavaceppi's Hellenistic marble acquired by Pope Clement XIV for the Vatican back in 1772. Read More
'BE MERRY AND WISE 1650'. Good, and perhaps dangerous advice in the troubled year after the execution of Charles I and the establishment of the puritanical Commonwealth. Read More
The Anabaptist potters worked under the strict ordinances of their communities producing some of the most accomplished pots of 17th century Europe. Read More
The baroque splendour of Meissen enhanced by the most intensely brilliant white porcelain ever made, married to the bold simplicity of Japanese design. Read More
Made for the Madrilenian hidalgo, Jerónimo Francisco do Eguia y Eguia (1658-1708) who became a Knight of the Order of Santiago at the tender age of six in 1664. Read More
'I saw the Potterie of St. Clou (sic), with which I was marvellously well pleased: for I could not distinguish betwixt the pots made there, and the finest China Ware I ever saw.' Dr Lister, 1698. Read More
'An epidemical madness reigns for Vases, which must be gratified'. Wedgwood writes to his partner, Thomas Bentley, in 1769. Read More
I hope that some of you have been able to follow this series of Saturday lectures on 'Zoom'. 

The next lecture is by Iris Moon 'Fragile terrains: Alexandre Brongniart in revolutionary Paris'.

This Saturday, 23 May 2020, 19:00pm London, UK (BST)

If you would like the link to this lecture, please email us or the FPS at

If you have missed any, the links to the recordings so far are:

Errol Manners: 'The Mystery of Redwares in Princely Collections'
Password: Sevres1754!

Sebastian Kuhn: 'Porcelai
n à la mode: The eighteenth century collections of the Baden princesses'.
Password: 9B%5#9$C

John Whitehead: 'S
es and the marchands Merciers: The dealers who made the porcelain even more beautiful'
Password: 6d@*?A@M

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