Thursday 15 January 2015.
Our Monthly Meeting was more informal than usual with four of our members giving brief talks on their collections and what influenced them to start collecting.
Firstly this was a mixed collection of ceramics which were mostly found in local antique shops and purchased because they “caught the eye of the beholder”
Following we were introduced to Crown Derby which later became Royal Crown Derby – this member started her collection all because a pair of vases matched her curtains!! We were given a brief history of Crown Derby along with examples which have been collected over the many years including beautiful miniatures.
Next was a lovely piece of Wemyss Ware was displayed –This piece was given to a family member by the owner of the Wemyss Estate in Fife. This member would like more information about it.
One of our members showed some extremely interesting transfer-printed tiles including this one which was printed, probably by Guy Green at Liverpool about 1771-1780, Green having taken over the business from John Sadler.
The tile shows Miss Elizabeth Younge in the character of Zara in William Congreve’s play ‘The Mourning Bride’. She first acted the part of Zara in London at the Drury Lane Theatre in April 1772.
The print was published on 15th July 1776 in Bell’s British Theatre; the engraver was James Thornthwaite and was from a portrait by James Roberts.