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Scottish Ceramics (Schiffer Book for Collectors) [Hardcover]

Henry E. Kelly
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9 Aug 1999 Schiffer Book for Collectors
Only recently recognized for its many contributions to ceramics found throughout the world, the Scottish pottery industry has existed for more than two hundred years. Rather than compete with England's famed potteries to the south, Scotland focused on the export market, sending its colorful and decorative wares to America, Canada, and many parts of Southeast Asia. Widely enjoyed, these popular and affordable wares were usually not marked. Their Scottish origin, therefore, remained largely unknown and--until now--unappreciated. This book sets the record straight. Over 630 striking color photographs showcase the multi-hued dinnerware, vases, plaques, figurines, and other ceramic items that can now be rightfully attributed to the prolific Scottish potteries. Separate, descriptive chapters feature brief histories of the most important potteries, a discussion of the wares produced, listings of the pottery descriptions and patterns, plus relevant readings. Additional chapters highlight spongeware techniques, Scottish jugs, and the "Glasgow Girls"--talented pottery painters from the late nineteenth century. This invaluable resource also includes values for all items, a helpful glossary, and a detailed index.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (9 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764309463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764309465
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,126,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start : Needs Work to Finish It 30 Dec 2011
By heretic666 TOP 500 REVIEWER
No index always disappoints me but here you need a copy of Goddens marks to make any sense of this book. Try looking up Wemyss and Nautilus pottery. Nothing. Forty potteries in the contents page and you had better know who was the final commpany that took over the manufacturer you are interested in. (Fife or Gallatoun, then Possil for the two mentioned)
I bought the book in the hope of expanding my knowledge of the porcelain production at West Pans. All I got was half a page of text and suggested reading, mostly unobtainable articles only published in the Northern Ceramics Society journals.
The book is full of colour illustrations together with prices but no dates. The first I can imagine being useful for identification purposes but most price guides tend to be arbitrary when not on specifics with limited production or an acknowledged range.
Not what I had wanted, but some might find it useful rather than ornamental.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the authoritative book 21 Dec 2005
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is the authoritative book on the subject (and you won't find many!). It's a beautifully produced book of the highest quality, very fully illustrated, printed on excellent paper and firmly bound and presented. Kelly covers all of the major Scottish pottery firms in most cases quite briefly - a page or two - though he deals with such as J. and M.P. Bell and one or two of the Kirkcaldy potteries at greater length. So as far as individual potteries go, this is just an introduction, but the book is comprehensive and provides an excellent vehicle for comparison, particularly in the very fine photographs. In the end, it is a great pleasure to leaf through and visually it is stunning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start: Needs Work to Finish It 4 Nov 2013
By heretic666 - Published on Amazon.com
No index always disappoints me but here you need a copy of Goddens marks to make any sense of this book. Try looking up Wemyss and Nautilus pottery. Nothing. Forty potteries in the contents page and you had better know who was the final commpany that took over the manufacturer you are interested in. (Fife or Gallatoun, then Possil for the two mentioned)
I bought the book in the hope of expanding my knowledge of the porcelain production at West Pans. All I got was half a page of text and suggested reading, mostly unobtainable articles only published in the Northern Ceramics Society journals.
The book is full of colour illustrations together with prices but no dates. The first I can imagine being useful for identification purposes but most price guides tend to be arbitrary when not on specifics with limited production or an acknowledged range.
Not what I had wanted, but some might find it useful rather than ornamental.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Ceramics 31 July 2010
By Glasgow Girl - Published on Amazon.com
An invaluable book for anyone interested in Scottish Pottery. Kelly was THE expert in this field. The book is lavishly illustrated with Leishman's photographs of, what I believe to be,exhibits from Kelly's own extensive collection.
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