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The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar 2008

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The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar takes place this year from the 12th to 15th June at the Park Lane Hotel. The fair, founded in 1982 by Brian and Anna Haughton, is one of the world’s most enduring and highly regarded specialist fairs and throughout its existence has consistently brought together leading ceramic specialists, whether dealers or academics, in a setting that successfully combines both the commercial and academic.

It is therefore ideally suited to both institutional and private buyers, who have the opportunity to purchase from a second-to-none selection of fine 15th century to contemporary British and Continental pottery, porcelain and glass. All items on view have been strictly vetted for quality and authenticity. Prices start from as little as £100.

The famous 12-part lecture programme attracts extraordinary international interest among those keen to hear about the latest findings and ground-breaking research in the ceramics field. Speakers this year include such distinguished figures as Anthony du Boulay, a Director of Christies for over 20 years and a highly respected author and lecturer, who will be discussing English Ceramics in National Trust Houses; Elisabetta dal Carlo, Curator and Conservator at the Querini Stampalia Museum, Venice, lecturing on Sevres Porcelain on the Table of a Venetian Noble Family.

Also; author and lecturer Dr Geoffrey Godden, one of the most highly respected authorities in the ceramics field, who will be taking A Fresh Look at (or view of) 18th century Chinese Export Market Porcelains and Anton Gabszewicz, formerly Director of European Ceramics at Christies, now independent consultant and author, whose lecture is titled “As Big as the Life”: Naturalism at Chelsea.

In addition, the distinguished specialist in early English porcelains, Roger Massey, lectures on Armorial Ceramics in 18th Century Britain in a talk that anticipates this year’s English Ceramic Circle exhibition, Armorial Ceramics in 18th Century Britain, which takes place in the Brian Haughton Gallery, 15 Duke Street, St James’s, London W1, from 20th June to 3rd July.

This fair’s importance to the art and antiques market cannot be underestimated says Meredith Chilton, Founding Curator of The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto: “The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar in June is quite simply the best week of the year. Organisers Brian and Anna Haughton have achieved something extraordinary: a vital forum that is the lodestone of the ceramics community. . . (an) irresistible combination of accessible objects of the highest calibre and the very latest scholarship.”

Exhibitors in 2008: The fair brings together a group of the world’s premier ceramics dealers, including: Bazaart (London); Dragesco-Cramoisan (Paris); Brian Haughton Gallery (London); Daniela Kumpf Kunstandel (Wiesbaden, Germany); Elfriede Langeloh (Weinheim, Germany); E. & H. Manners (London); Christophe Perlès (Paris); Potterton Books (Nr Thirsk, Yorks); Robyn Robb (London); Sampson & Horne (London); Adrian Sassoon (London); Christopher Sheppard (London); John P. Smith (London); Steppes Hill Farm Antiques (Sittingbourne, Kent); John Whitehead (London).

British Exhibitors details - Christopher Sheppard: Recognised authority and leading dealer in English, Continental, ancient, classical and Islamic glass, he has supplied many leading museums including the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and private collections over many years. He has written a number of books on the subject and contributed to the Sotheby’s Concise Encyclopaedia of Glass.

Sampson & Horne: Jonathan Horne is a specialist in early English pottery, (medieval pottery, English delftware, tiles, slipware, brown and white saltglaze, pearlware, coloured glazed and enamelled figures up to circa 1830), his knowledge and expertise being sought by museums and collectors worldwide. He has written a number of books on the subject and published various reference works. In August 2006, Jonathan Horne merged with Alistair Sampson Antiques, the renowned West End dealers in English pottery, oak, fine country furniture, metalware and needlework.

In conjunction with Christopher Banks, this created a new business trading from Alistair Sampson Antiques’s existing premises at 120 Mount Street, London, W1, under the name Sampson & Horne. In 2005 Jonathan Horne was one of the founders of the new Guild of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors which has been set up to bring together all those involved in the study, custodianship, collection of and trade in the decorative arts and related services.

Adrian Sassoon: Adrian Sassoon is a major international dealer and authority on important Continental porcelain, in particular Sèvres porcelain, as well as contemporary British Studio ceramics and glass. He is a Trustee of the Wallace Collection, London. At the 2001 International Ceramics Fair & Seminar he curated the loan exhibition of Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain. His publications include A Handbook Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Catalogue of Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1991.

He was joined in 2003 by Clare Beck and in 2006 by Kathleen Slater, both formerly of the Crafts Council of England. They have many years of experience exhibiting contemporary British ceramics and glass in the UK and abroad. They also organised the Crafts Council's presentations at The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar in 1998 and 1999.

E & H Manners: After working at Christies, Errol Manners set up his own business in 1986 dealing in a wide range of 16th-early 19th century European ceramics and specialising in rare 18th century porcelain. He lectures widely and has been closely involved with the French Porcelain Society; he organised their seminar on Sèvres porcelain in September 2005. Publications include: The Ceramic Source Book, Quarto, 1990; Dutch 'Fine Line' and German Schwarzlot Decoration, Transactions of The Oriental Ceramic Society, volume 65, 2000-2001; A documentary Girl-in-a-Swing Seal and other considerations on the porcelain of Charles Gouyn's factory and The English Decoration of Oriental Porcelain, Some overlooked groups 1700 -1750. He is programme adviser to the Ceramics Conservation Course at West Dean College.

12th June to 15th June
The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar
Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly
London W1
Open daily: 11 am - 7 pm and last day: 11 am - 6 pm

Image 1 - Daniela Kumpf, Wiesbaden, Germany - Karlsruhe Majolika “Mikado” by Fritz Behn 1912
Image 2 - Brian Haughton Gallery, London - An extremely rare and important Longton Hall Loving Cup Circa 1755, height: 4 inches (10cm), the only recorded example of its type
Image 3 - Christopher Sheppard, London - A fine English glass covered baluster goblet. The cover has a ball knop and the stem is an hollow inverted baluster on a folded foot. The cover is original. The bowl has been wheel engraved, probably in Holland, with an Armorial of an Anglo Dutch trading company. Circa 1710
Image 4 - Adrian Sassoon - Bruno Romanelli, Castor, 2007, Kiln-cast and polished glass, black base with red line and clear top
Image 5 - Sampson & Horne Antiques - An English delft tile picture consisting of 55 tiles portraying an overall European landscape scene in the style of a Dutch painting. London, circa 1720-30
Image 6 - Bazaart - A dated Wet Drug Jar with Coat of Arms, decorated with oak leaves on a Berettino ground. Venice, workshop of M. Domenego 1569

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