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Errol Manners


From the First Experiments to the Golden Age: The Origins and Evolution of European Porcelain

Meissen Eagle Teapot and Cover ('Adlerkanne'). Böttger porcelain, gilded in Augsburg by Bartholomäus or Abraham Seuter. Circa 1720. 5 1/8 high, length 6 3/4 inches (13.0 cm high, 17.2 cm wide). Faint cursive gilder’s mark on the base.

The secrets of the manufacture of porcelain, exported from China since the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and coveted in the West, were teased out in the alchemical laboratories of princes and prelates through the 16th and 17th centuries, culminating in the establishment of the great porcelain factories of Europe in the 18th century.  The two talks will trace this early development and show how the different technologies of soft-paste and hard-paste porcelain spread throughout Europe.  It is a story of traveling arcanists, industrial espionage and artistry.  We will see how the hard- and soft-paste factories vied for supremacy, rose and fell, and produced some of the most defining objects of their age.

The 2022 CCC Seminar will take place on

Monday, April 11, 2022, 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET via Zoom.


Errol Manners will present "From the First Experiments to the Golden Age: The Origins and Evolution of European Porcelain" in two lectures, with a short break between each one. 


The Seminar will begin with a talk on "Early Experiments and the Soft-Paste World," followed by a talk on "The Success of Hard-Paste Porcelain and Spread of the Arcanum."  Attendees will then have an opportunity to ask questions and all who register for the Seminar will receive a link to the recordings of the lectures.


Prices for the seminar are as follows:


CCC Members: $ 35 


$ 75  (Seminar PLUS 1/2 year membership)


$ 45 Non-member Seminar Only


Errol Manners is a dealer in antique ceramics based in London and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.  He was chairman of The French Porcelain Society from 2007 to 2015 and remains a Committee (Board) member and a consultant to its Emerging Scholars program.  He has served as chairman of the Ceramics Vetting Committee at TEFAF Maastricht and Masterpiece London and at numerous other fairs.  He is Program Adviser on the Conservation of Ceramics course of the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College in Britain and committee member of the British Antique Dealers Association Cultural and Educational Trust.

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