The establishment of Britain’s collecting traditions had its origins in two distinct isms which emerged in the seventeenth century, namely antiquarianism and orientalism. Collecting at this period was largely a prerogative of royalty, the aristocracy and the unusually well educated. It was only with the establishment of antiquarian societies and mechanics institutes that its pleasures were gradually introduced to the country’s less privileged classes. A feature of this book is its identification of collectors whose discernment and enthusiasms have enriched our public and national institutions.
Traditions & Trends in British Ceramic Collecting
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