This lecture starts by setting the scene of the formation and beginnings of the Worcester Porcelain Manufactory under Dr. John Wall and his partners, their business reasons for starting and their progression through the early stages of manufacture, supported by images of the earliest items of production through the first decade. The second decade of production follows the trend for more European-inspired patterns from Meissen and Sèvres. The third and final decade of the First Period at Worcester reveals how the manufactory was looking to and influenced by the London taste of the period and will show examples from the London atelier of the independent decorator, James Giles, as well as pieces decorated at the Worcester Manufactory itself up to the date of death of Dr. Wall in 1776. Many of the images of the items are taken from private collections of First Period Dr. Wall Worcester not previously seen.
Paul joined The Brian Haughton Gallery in 2001. He is a descendant of Dr. John Wall (1708-1776) who founded the Worcester Porcelain Manufactory in 1751. Paul presently sits as a Trustee of the Museum of Royal Worcester, formerly the Dyson Perrins Museum in the city of Worcester. He also is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, an independent historian and researcher, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, and Lord of the Manor of Habberley and Bewdley.
Paul Crane FSA, Independent Historian and Consultant to the Brian Haughton Gallery, London, England