It is that time of the month; you can now read my latest column in Homes & Antiques, called "Made in Chelsea". This month I am writing about the first well-organised large porcelain factory in Britain: Chelsea Porcelain, and how an ambitious and talented Walloon immigrant called Nicholas Sprimont shaped the beginnings of British porcelain.
One of the things I find fascinating in researching the journey of British porcelain is the rich mix of European and English styles, and also how born-and-bred Brits mixed their expertise with that of immigrants who brought knowledge and taste from Continental Europe. The Chelsea factory was a great example of this: foundational to what British porcelain would become, yet uniquely inspired by the great fashions in Germany and France. You can read more about it all in the magazine... and I will keep continuing my journey to discover 18th and 19th Century British porcelain month by month.
Personally, I wish I was in a position to own more Chelsea pieces, or even carry them in my shop. But as the factory had a small output and many pieces are either in museums or have not survived, they are very rare. Every time I have the honour of letting a piece pass through my hands I feel lucky. Currently I have three genuine pieces in my shop (and two very skilful copies), but beautiful they are... you can find them here.
Free Copy of Homes & Antiques
Do you want to find out about the history of British porcelain? You can follow my monthly column in Homes & Antiques, and you can order a free copy here; it contains an interview with myself alongside 5 other collectors. The magazine is delivered all over the world.
Where to find things
I keep adding new additions to my shop every week and you can find themhere. If you always want to see the latest additions, follow me on Instagram... I post pictures and a story every single day.