The Connoisseur; An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors Volume 5

The Connoisseur; An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...further than I did anything else, and it is very much the most profitable that I ever launched into. It is a pity to lose it by Voyez going to other potters. What do our competitors stand in most need of to rival us the most effectually? Some person to instruct them to compose good forms, and ornament them with tolerable propriety. Voyez can do this much more effectually than all the potters in the country put together, and without much labour." Wedgwood proposes further in the same letter to continue the wages of i 16s. a week to Voyez for the remainder of the three years' term, on condition that he did no work lor other potters. The vase in our engraving (No. ii.) is proof that Wedgwood had full cause for uneasiness, and is of exceeding interest when compared with Wedgwood's own work of the same period. Had the two been able to work together great results might have been achieved; but upon his release Voyez associated himself with Palmer, of Hanley, an inferior potter, who, not having the secret of the barytes necessary to bind the basalt paste, failed in his attempt to bake out the design entrusted to him by Voyez. This vase stands 21 inches high, the design of the ivory plaque being repeated upon its sides, and the handles being formed by semi-nude figures, the arms of which have fallen off in the baking. It is signed by Voyez, and dated 1769, and bears Palmer's stamp upon the base. Of much later date than the plaque and vase are the two circular ivory carvings, also preserved in the No. II. Holbume Museum. The photographic reproductions, though enlarged, give but a poor idea of the minuteness and finish of the originals, which require a strong magnifying glass for their proper appreciation. The larger of these (2J ins. in diam.)...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564189
  • 9781236564184