This compact book will prove a useful companion for anyone who enjoys browsing around junk shops, antique fairs or car boot sales in search of bargains. Small enough to fit comfortably in your pocket, it is crammed with valuable information to help you identify collectable British porcelain and pottery.
In the introduction Geoffrey Godden gives basic guidelines to help date ceramics with a fair degree of accuracy and also tells you how to spot likely fakes. This is followed by a pictorial glossary of the different types of British ceramics produced from the 17th century onwards.
The body of the book is an alphabetical listing of the main collectable pottery and porcelain marks with concise descriptions and illustrations of the various marks employed by each manufacturer at different times. The list of Potters' Initial Marks and chronological listing of Registered Designs which complete the book are intended to help the reader understand some of the more obscure markings that are sometimes found on ceramics.
Before using this book in the field, familiarise yourself with how it works by checking out the china cupboard at home--who knows what treasures you will uncover? --Stephanie Donaldson
From the Publisher
Review from Somerset Magazine, Crewkerne
"Professionals and amateurs alike will rush to buy this newly revised reference book, which will help them identify rare pieces of pottery or porcelain. Like fingerprints, potters marks give a clue, or accurate reference, to the manufacturing date, the potter, and the factory from which it came. Therefore, to know them and be able to identify them at a car boot sale or auction room could well bring you in a few hundred pounds! For the professional, the marks acxt as confirmation that the piece is genuine. Some of the marks described are real works of art, others a mere squiggle. There is also a pictorial glossary of British ceramics, sadly in black and white only. Finally, within the 250 or more pages theres a listing of Potters Initial Marks used by various 19th-century potters or partnerships. A potted history no less!" Ben Devereux, Somerset Magazine