Early beginnings


⁠Today I will focus on the first major porcelain factory in Britain: the Chelsea factory in London.

The Chelsea factory was founded in the mid 1740s by Nicholas Sprimont, a Huguenot immigrant from Belgium. He was originally a silversmith among many other Huguenot silversmiths who fled or travelled to London from France and Belgium. Sprimont quickly realised that he could make a bigger mark by starting a factory producing something that was still very new in England: porcelain. And as he was an extraordinarily talented artisan and perfectionist, his factory grew out to be one of the best that ever existed.⁠

The shapes of his items betray that he was a silversmith by training; you can find these shapes in silver items of that era. In fact, his shapes helped determine what we now consider typically English porcelain shapes.