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True Porcelain Pioneers: The Cookworthy Chimera 1670 – 1782

Price: £72.00

“A resource book for the subject which will be of enduring interest to those interested in the field of early British porcelain.”
Alison Cooper, Curator of Decorative Art at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

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This special-interest book is about William Cookworthy – the man credited with the ‘discovery’ of China Clay in Cornwall. This book is exclusively sold through our website, published in July 2016.

The long awaited publication by Brian Adams, Curator at Bovey Tracey Pottery Museum, is a result of a lifetime of research and contains over 500 pages and 1100 illustrations of new analysis of seventeenth and eighteenth century original manuscripts – many of which have never before been published in their entirety. Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Cookworthy porcelain
  • Plymouth porcelain
  • Bristol porcelain
  • Longton Hall porcelain
  • Vauxhall porcelain
  • West Pans porcelain
  • Bovey Tracey Porcelain
  • 18th Century Chinese porcelain
  • Andrew Duché
  • Josiah Wedgwood in Cornwall
  • Nicholas Crisp
  • Cornish China Clay
  • Devon Ball Clay

Each book on this limited run are available for just £72 per copy, including postage to UK addresses (foreign postage costs will be given at the checkout). Book measures 30.5 x 21.5 x 3.5 cms approx.

The aims of this publication are:

  • To provide an accurate resource of eighteenth century documents for researchers, students and enthusiasts.
  • To write a history based on the documentary, technical and archaeological evidence without the influence of previous writers, but without ignoring their work.
  • To provide a pictorial reference for those who might want to identify the products of the factories. This includes many re-attributions, and what have been described as “bold” attributions.
  • To provide the technical information that might give a greater understanding of the materials and kilns used by the porcelain makers and as an aid to attribution.
  • To examine and consider the history and accuracy of the terminology of ceramics in general use.

Brian Adams (1945-2016), Curator of Bovey Pottery Museum

It is with sorrow that we must announce that Brian Adam’s, author and curator of Bovey Pottery Museum at House of Marbles in Devon, England, has passed away. Brian studied ceramics for most of his adult life, was one of this country’s leading restorers of antique ceramics and wrote many books and papers. His last paper -“Porcelain Pioneers, The Cookworthy Chimera” – was a major work on the history of English Porcelain.

He also built and curated the pottery museum at House of Marbles from the start and as a result the present collection on site at the museum is comprehensive. A trust has been formed to preserve and develop the museum and to ensure that its contents are preserved for future generations. Brian has gone, but we will make sure his work is continued.


Measures approx:  30.5 x 21.5 x 3.5 cm

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