Errol Manners

The Origins and Evolution of European Porcelain: From the First Experiments to the Golden Age, Three Lectures on Continental Soft- and Hard- Paste Porcelain

Monday, April 11, 2022

time TBD via Zoom


registration and pricing coming soon

The secrets of the manufacture of porcelain 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 the 18th century.  The three talks will trace this early development and show how the different technologies spread throughout Europe.  It is a story of traveling archanists, 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.

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.