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English Ceramics - A Selected Bibliography


Information or research assistance regarding English ceramics is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following selected bibliography has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.

Caughley Chelsea Coalport Derby Figures


Liverpool Longton Royal  Doulton Wedgwood Worcester


Barnard, Julian. Victorian Ceramic Tiles. New York: New York Graphic Society, 1973.

Bartlett, John. English Decorative Ceramics: Art Nouveau to Art Deco: A Concise Guide to the Most Notable English Potteries from 1875-1939. London: Kevin Francis, 1989.

Bemrose, Geoffrey. Nineteenth Century English Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1952.

Blacker, J.F. The ABC of English Salt-Glaze Stoneware, from Dwight to Doulton. London: B.T. Batsford, 1957.

Brears, Peter C.D. The English Country Pottery--Its History and Techniques. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc., 1971.

Bristowe, W.S. Victorian China Fairings. New York: Taplinger Publishing Co., Inc. 1965.

British Museum. A Guide to the English Pottery and Porcelain. London: Oxford University Press, 1910.

Burton, William. A History and Description of English Earthenware and Stoneware. London: Cassell and Co., Ltd., 1904.

_______. A History and Description of English Porcelain. (Reprint of 1902 ed.) New York: British Book Centre, 1973.

Charleston, R.J. English Porcelain, 1745-1850. London: E. Benn, 1965.

Cooper, Ronald G. English Slipware Dishes, 1650-1850. London: Alec Tiranti, Ltd., 1968.

Coysh, A.W. Blue and White Transfer Ware, 1780-1840. Rutland, Vermont: C.E. Tuttle, 1971.

Coysh, A.W. and R.K. Henrywood. The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery, 1780-1880. Vol 1 & 2. Woodbridge [Suffolk], UK: Antique Collectors' Club, 1981-1989.

Davey, M. H. and D. J. Mannion Fifty Years of Royal Commemorative China, 1887-1937. Hemel Hempstead, U.K.: Dayman Publications, 1988.

Dixon, Joseph L. English Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century. London: Faber and Faber, 1952.

Dragesco, Bernard. English Ceramics in French Archives: The Writings of Jean Hellot, the Adventures of Jacques Louis Brolliet and the Identification of the "Girl-in-a-swing" Factory. London: English Ceramic Circle, 1993.

Eccles, Herbert and Rackham, Bernard. Analysed Specimens of English Porcelain. London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1922.

English Ceramic Circle, London. English Pottery and Porcelain: Commemorative Catalogue of an Exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, May 5-June 20, 1948. London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1949.

Fisher, Stanley W. British Pottery and Porcelain. London: Arco, 1962.

_______. The Decoration of English Porcelain: A Description of the Painting and Printing on English Porcelain of the Period, 1750-1850. London: D. Verschoyle, 1954.

_______. English Blue and White Porcelain of the 18th Century: An Illustrated Descriptive Account of the Early Soft Paste Productions of Bow, Chelsea, Lowestoft, Derby, Longton Hall, Bristol, Worcester, Caughley, and Liverpool Potters, circa 1740-1800. London: Fitzhouse Books, 1989.

_______. English Pottery and Porcelain Marks: Including Scottish and Irish Marks. New York: Foulsham, 1992.

Flynn, Douglas H. and Alan Bolton. British Royalty Commemoratives: 19th & 20th Century Royal Events in Britain Illustrated by Commemoratives. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1997.

Garner, Frederick H. and Archer, Michael. English Delftware. London: Faber and Faber, 1973.

Godden, Geoffrey A. British Porcelain, An Illustrated Guide. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1974.

_______. British Pottery and Porcelain, 1780-1850. New York: A.S. Barnes, 1964.

_______. The Concise Guide to British Pottery and Porcelain. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1990.

_______. Encyclopedia of British Pottery & Porcelain Marks. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1991.

_______. Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain. New York: Crown Publishers, 1967.

_______. Victorian Porcelain. London: Herbert Jenkins, 1961.

Greaser, Arlene and Paul H. Homespun Ceramics: A Study of Spatterware. Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1964-5.

Haggar, Reginald G. English Country Pottery. London: Phoenix House, 1950.

High Museum of Art. English Ceramics: The Frances and Emory Cocke Collection. Atlanta, GA: High Museum of Art, 1988.

Hildyard, R. J. C. Browne Muggs: English Brown Stoneware. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985.

Hobson, R.L. Catalogue of the Collection of English Porcelain in the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities and Ethnography of the British Museum. London: British Museum, 1905.

Hodgdon, Jeannette R. Collecting Old English Lustre. Portland, Maine: The Southworth Anthoenson Press, 1937.

Hodgkin, John Eliot and Edith Hodgkin. Examples of Early English Pottery Named, Dated and Inscribed. Wakefield: EP Publishing, 1973.

Honey, William B. English Pottery and Porcelain. (6th ed. rev.) London: A. and C. Black, 1969.

_______. Old English Porcelain: A Handbook for Collectors. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1949.

Hughes, G. Bernard and Therle. The Collectors' Encyclopedia of English Ceramics. London: Abbey Library, 1968.

_______. English Porcelain and Bone China, 1743-1850. New York: Praeger, 1968.

John, Willliam D. and Baker, Warren. Old English Lustre Pottery. (2d. ed.) Newport, England: The Ceramic Book Co., 1962.

Luxmore, Chas. F.C. English Salt-Glazed Earthenware. (Reprint) Philadelphia: Seifer, 1972.

Mankowitz, W. and Haggar, R.G. The Concise Encyclopedia of English Pottery and Porcelain. New York: Praeger, 1968.

May, John. Victoria Remembered: A Royal History, 1817-1861, Entirely Illustrated with Commemoratives. London: Heinemann, 1983.

Miller II, J. Jefferson. English Yellow-Glazed Earthenware. London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1974. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974.

Moore, N. Hudson. The Old China Book: Including Staffordshire, Wedgwood, Lustre, and Other English Pottery and Porcelain. Rutland, VT: C. E. Tuttle Co., 1974.

Pugh, P.D. Gordon and Margery. Naval Ceramics. Newport, England: The Ceramic Book Co., 1971.

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection of Pottery and Porcelain in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Cambridge: The University Press, 1935.

_______. Catalogue of the English Porcelain, Earthenware, Enamels and Glass Collected by Charles Schreiber. 3 Volumes. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924-30.

_______. Medieval English Pottery. London: Faber and Faber, 1973.

Reynolds, Ernest Randolph. Collecting Victorian Porcelain. New York: Praeger, 1966.

Roussel, Diana Edwards. Tea and Sympathy: Post-revolutionary Ceramics in the Stamford Historical Society. Stamford, CT: Stamford Historical Society, 1981.

Sandon, Henry. British Pottery and Porcelain for Pleasure and Investment. New York: Arco, 1969.

Savage, George. Eighteenth Century English Porcelain. London: Spring Books, 1964.

________. English Ceramics. New York: Alpine Fine Arts, 1981. (Reprint of English Pottery and Porcelain, New York: Universe Books, 1961.)

Shinn, Charles and Dorrie. The Illustrated Guide to Victorian Parian China. London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1971.

Taggart, Ross E. The Frank P. and Harriet C. Burnap Collection of English Pottery in the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery. Kansas City, Missouri: Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, 1967.

Towner, Donald C. Creamware. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1978.

_______. English Cream Coloured Earthenware. London: Faber and Faber, 1957.

Transactions of the English Porcelain (later Ceramic) Circle. 1928-Present.

Wakefield, Hugh. Victorian Pottery. New York: T. Nelson, 1962.

Walton, Peter. Creamware and Other English Pottery at Temple Newsam House, Leeds. London: Manningham Press, 1976.

Watney, Bernard. English Blue and White Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century. 2d ed. London, Faber and Faber, 1973.

Young, Hilary. English Porcelain, 1745-95: Its Makers, Design, Marketing and Consumption. London: V&A Publications, 1999.


Barrett, Franklin A. Caughley and Coalport Porcelain. Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1951.

Gilhespy, F. Brayshaw. Caughley and Worcester Porcelain, 1775-1800. New York: Praeger, 1969.


Adams, Elizabeth. Chelsea Porcelain. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1987.

Austin, John C. Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg. Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1977.

Blunt, Reginald (ed.) The Cheyne Book of Chelsea China and Pottery. London: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1925.

Bryant, G.E. The Chelsea Porcelain Toys. London: The Medici Society, 1925.

Hackenbroch, Yvonne. Chelsea and Other English Porcelain, Pottery and Enamel in the Irwin Untermeyer Collection. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1957.

King, William. Chelsea Porcelain. London: Benn Brothers, Ltd., 1922.

Mackenna, F. Severne. Chelsea Porcelain: The Gold Anchor Wares. Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1952.

_______. Chelsea Porcelain: The Red Anchor Wares. Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1948.

_______. Chelsea Porcelain: The Triangle and Raised Anchor Wares. Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1948.

Spero, Simon. "A taste entirely new": An Exhibition of Chelsea Porcelain from 1744 to 1754. London: Simon Spero, 1988.


Gilhespy, F. Brayshaw. Coalport and Porcelains. New York: Praeger, 1970.

Mackenzie, Sir Compton. The House of Coalport, 1750-1950. London: Collins, 1951.

Messenger, Michael Frederick. Coalport 1795-1926: An Introduction to the History and Porcelains of John Rose and Company. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collector's Club, 1995.


Balston, Thomas and Thorpe, Arthur L. Derby Porcelain 1750-1848. New York: Watson-Guptil, 1973.

Bradley, Gilbert. Derby Porcelain, 1750-1798. London: T. Heneage, 1990.

Gibson, Hugh. A Case of Fine China: the Story of the Founding of Royal Crown Derby, 1875-1890. Derby: Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Co., 1993.

Gilhespy, F. Brayshaw. Crown Derby Porcelain. Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1951.

_______. Derby Porcelain. London: Spring Books, 1965.

Hurlbutt, Frank. Old Derby Porcelain and Its Artist-Workmen. London: Laurie Ltd., 1925.

Murdoch, John and John Twitchett. Painters and the Derby China Works. London: Trefoil, 1987.

Twitchett, John. Derby Porcelain. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1980.

Twitchett, John and Barley, Betty. Royal Crown Derby. London: Barne & Jenkins, 1976.


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Liverpool-type "Census" Jug, c. 1790, showing 1790 "Census of the U.S." Neg. 78-16908, cat.78.48, Copyright Smithsonian Institution 2001.

Boney, Knowles. Liverpool Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century and its Makers. London: B.T. Batsford, 1957.

McCauley, Robert H. Liverpool Transfer Designs on Anglo-American Pottery. Portland, Maine: The Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1942.

Smith, Alan. Liverpool Herculaneum Pottery. New York: Praeger, 1971.

Watney, Bernard. Liverpool Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century. Somerset, England: R. Dennis, 1997.


Bemrose, William. Longton Hall Porcelain. London: Bemrose and Sons, Ltd., 1906.

Watney, Bernard. Longton Hall Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1957.

Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton: Ceramics Exhibition. Wellington: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Christchurch: Canterbury Museum, 1992.


Arman, David and Linda Arman. Anglo-American Ceramics. Portsmouth, RI: Oakland Press, 1998.

Barker, David. William Greatbatch: A Staffordshire Potter. London: J. Horne, 1991.

Barker, David and Pat Halfpenny. Unearthing Staffordshire: Towards a New Understanding of 18th Century Ceramics: Exhibition Staged at the International Ceramics Fair and Seminar 1990. Stoke-on-Trent: City of Stoke-on-Trent Museum & Art Gallery, 1990.

Clarke, H.G. Under-Glaze Colour Picture Prints on Staffordshire Pottery--The Pictorial Pot Lid Book. Leamington Spa: Courier Press, 1970.

Davis, Howard. Chinoiserie: Polychrome Decoration on Staffordshire Porcelain, 1790-1850. London: Rubicon Press, 1991.

Earle, Cyril. The Earle Collection of Early Staffordshire Pottery, Illustrating over 700 Different Pieces. London: A. Brown and Sons, Ltd., 1915.

Godden, Geoffrey A. Staffordshire Porcelain. London; New York: Granada, 1983.

Halsey, R. T. Haines. Pictures of Early New York, on Dark Blue Staffordshire Pottery, Together with Pictures of Boston and New England, Philadelphia, the South and West. New York: Dover Publications, 1974. Reprint of the 1899 edition with a new introduction by Marvin D. Schwartz.

Hopwood, Irene and Gordon Hopwood.. The Shorter Connection: A.J. Wilkinson, Clarice Cliff, Crown Devon: A Family Pottery, 1874-1974. Shepton Beauchamp, Ilminster, Somerset, England: R. Dennis, 1992.

Larsen, Ellouise Baker. American Historical Views on Staffordshire China. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1939. Reprint. New York: Dover Publications, 1975.

Lockett, Terence A. and Geoffrey A. Godden. Davenport: China, Earthenware, Glass. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1989.

McCarthy, Rita E. and Olivia M. White. Eighteenth-century English pottery: Selections from the Collection of Harry A. Root. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1991.

Mountford, Arnold R. Illustrated Guide to Staffordshire Salt-Glazed Stoneware. New York: Praeger, 1972.

Pine, Lynda and Nicholas Pine. William Henry Goss: The Story of the Staffordshire Family of Potters Who Invented Heraldic Porcelain. Horndean, Portsmouth, Hants, England: Milestone Publications, 1987.

Rackham, Bernard. Early Staffordshire Pottery. London: Faber and Faber, 1951.

Shaw, Simeon. History of the Staffordshire Potteries. (Reprint) New York: Praeger, 1970.

Snyder, Jeffrey B. Romantic Staffordshire Cceramics. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1997.

Snyder, Jeffrey B. Historical Staffordshire: American Patriots & Views: with Price Guide. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1995.

Stanley, Louise. Collecting Staffordshire Pottery. London: W.H. Allen, 1963.

Van der Woerd, Anthony. Shaw & Copestake: The Collectors Guide to Early Sylvac 1894-1939. Bath: Georgian Publications in association with Kingsmead Press, 1992.

Weatherill, Lorna. The Pottery Trade and North Staffordshire, 1660-1760. New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1970.

Williams, Petra and Marguerite R. Weber. Staffordshire II, Romantic Transfer Patterns: Cup Plates and Early Victorian China. Jeffersontown, KY: Fountain House East, 1986.

Williams, Sydney B. Antique Blue and White Spode. London: Omega Books, 1987.

Williams-Wood, Cyril. Staffordshire Pot Lids and Their Potters. New York: Watson-Guptil, 1973.


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Wedgwood Medallion, blue Jasper, "Memorial to the French Revolution". Neg. 77-4308, cat. 76.401, Copyright Smithsonian Institution, 2001.

Batkin, Maureen. Wedgwood Ceramics, 1846-1959: A New Appraisal. London: Richard Dennis, 1982.

Buten, David. 18th-century Wedgwood: A Guide for Collectors & Connoisseurs. NY: Methuen, 1980.

Meteyard, Eliza. The Wedgwood Handbook; A Manual for Collectors. Ann Arbor, MI: Gryphon Books, 1971. "Facsimile reprint of the 1875 edition."

National Portrait Gallery. Wedgwood Portraits and the American Revolution. Washington, DC: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1976.

Reilly, Robin. The Collector's Wedgwood. Huntington, NY: Portfolio Press, 1980.

_______. Josiah Wedgwood 1730-1795. London: Macmillan, 1992.

Wills, Geoffrey. Wedgwood. Feltham, Middlesex, UK: Country Life Books; NY: distributed by Hamlyn Pub. Group, 1980.


Balston, Thomas.. Worcester Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1953.

Barrett, Franklin A. Worcester Porcelain and Lund's Bristol. London: Faber and Faber, 1966.

Binns, R.W. A Century of Potting in the City of Worcester from 1751-1851. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1877.

Branyan, Lawrence, Neal French and John Sandon.. Worcester Blue and White Porcelain, 1751-1790: an Illustrated Encyclopaedia of the Patterns. London: Barrie & Jenkins; Westfield, NJ: Eastview Editions, 1981.

Clarke, Samuel M. Worcester Porcelain in the Colonial Williamsburg Collection. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1987.

Cook, Cyril. The Life and Work of Robert Hancock. (Including his designs on Bow and Worcester Porcelain.) London: Chapman and Hall, 1948.

Hillier, Bevis.. Catalogue of the Frank Lloyd Collection of Worcester Porcelain of the Wall Period. London: British Museum, 1923.

Howe, Katherine S. The Masterson Collection of Worcester Porcelain. Houston, TX: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1985.

Mackenna, F. Severne.. Worcester Porcelain: The Wall Period and Its Antecedents. Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1950.

Marshall, Henry R. Coloured Worcester Porcelain of the First Period, 1751-1783. Newport, England: The Ceramic Book Co., 1954.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Visual Splendors: First Period Worcester Porcelain from the Loeb Collection at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Montgomery, AL: The Museum, 1997.

Reynolds, Dinah. Worcester Porcelain 1751-1783: The Marshall Collection. Oxford, England: Phaidon in association with the Ashmolean Museum, 1989.

Sandon, Henry. The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors' Club, 1997.

________. Flight and Barr Worcester porcelain, 1783-1840. Woodbridge, England: Antique Collectors' Club, 1978.

________. The Illustrated Guide to Worcester Porcelain, 1751-1793. London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1974.

________.Royal Worcester Porcelain, from 1862 to the Present Day. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1978.

Sandon, Henry and John Sandon. Grainger's Worcester Porcelain. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1989.

Sandon, John. The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors' Club, 1993.

Spero, Simon. Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection. London: Lund Humphries; Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1984.

Spero, Simon and John Sandon. Worcester Porcelain: The Zorensky Collection. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors' Club, 1996.

Twitchett, John and Henry Sandon. Landscapes on Derby and Worcester porcelain. Henley on Thames, Oxon ; Henderson and Stirk, 1984.


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Bust of George Washington, Earthenware, Modeled by Enoch Wood, Burslem, England, 1818. Neg. 80-19605, cat. 77.421, Copyright Smithsonian Institution, 2001.

Bradshaw, Peter. Derby Porcelain Figures 1750-1848. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1990.

Oliver, Anthony. The Victorian Staffordshire Figure: A Guide for Collectors. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1972.

Pope, Clive Mason. A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs: A Potted History. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1996.

Pugh, P. D. Gordon. Staffordshire Portrait Figures and Allied Subjects of the Victorian Era. New York: Praeger, 1971.

Sandon, David, John Sandon and Henry Sandon. The Sandon Guide to Royal Worcester Figures, 1900-1970. London: Alderman Press, 1987.

Snyder, Jeffrey B. Historical Staffordshire: American Patriots & Views: With Price Guide. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1995.

Stoner, Frank. Chelsea, Bow, and Derby Porcelain Figures, Their Distinguishing Characteristics. Newport, England: The Ceramic Book Co., 1955.

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