The House of Coalport 1750-1950 - Compton MackenzieLondon: Collins, 1951, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine and light spotting to the verso. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour plates; Black & white plates; Colour frontispiece; Appendix;
From the cover: “Near Brosely in Shropshire stands an eighteenth-century gamekeeper’s cottage on the high ground above the southern and westerly banks of the Severn. In the garden of this cottage can still be found fragments of pottery — relics of the origin of Coalport China.
From that gamekeeper’s cottage, owned by Squire Edward Browne of Caughley Hall in 1750, to the Crescent Works at Stoke-on-Trent, where Coalport China is made to-day, there is a story of enterprise which it would be difficult to equal in British industry.
It is a history with probably more than its fair share of disaster and tragedy, but there is also success resulting from intense hard work and the taking of risks.
The reader may be surprised that the delicate beauty of Coalport China could be the result of such a turbulent two hundred years, and what emerges from Compton Mackenzie’s story is the dominating influence of the craftsman who, through all trials, maintained his skill which was passed from one generation to the next.
In this book are faithful colour reproductions of famous Coalport designs such as The Indian Tree and The Willow Pattern, and it will be much sought after by collectors. To a utility-minded generation the productions of china so decorated will be an astonishment. At the time of writing such china is “for export only”, and can be bought in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or almost anywhere outside Britain.
The name “Coalport” is literally a household word the world over, and the many who possess Coalport and the many more who would like to, will find in this book the tradition behind the product they so much admire.”