The Caughley Society holds two meetings a year, usually at the Coalport China Museum site, near Ironbridge in Shropshire, England, home of the national Caughley porcelain collection. The Spring meeting is normally held on the first Saturday in April (unless this coincides with the Easter holiday period), and the Autumn one on the first Saturday in October. Full details of each meeting are published on this website as soon as they are available. Other events are also organised.
Visitors are particularly welcome. To encourage younger people to take an interest, the Society now offers up to five free places at each of our meetings to people under the age of 25 studying in an appropriate field (for instance ceramics, design, fine art) at further and higher education establishments, museums, auctioneers and organisations such as the National Trust.
If you would like to attend one of our meetings, whether as a paying visitor or younger person, please send us an email by clicking on the 'Contact Us' button on the left of this page.
SPRING MEETING 2022
The Spring meeting will be held on Saturday 2nd April 2022, 10.30am to 4.45pm
at the Coalport China Museum site
(coronavirus situation permitting)
CHINESE INFLUENCES ON ENGLISH PORCELAIN
Alexander Clement began his career in 1994 as curator of the Royal Doulton Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, then moved into the auction world in 1998 running the European ceramics and Asian art departments for Phillips Auctioneers in Chester. He remained at the saleroom through the company’s merger with Bonhams and became regional director for the company in 2007. After a brief spell as a freelance valuer and auctioneer in 2014, he joined Halls Fine Art in Shrewsbury as Asian art specialist in 2015. He is now senior valuer at Halls, covering all specialisms but remaining head of Asian art sales.
Alexander will talk about the how China played such an influential role in the development of English porcelain and the designs so often imitated.
A HANDS-ON IDENTIFICATION SESSION ENCOMPASSING ITEMS FROM CAUGHLEY AND OTHER LATE 18TH CENTURY MANUFACTURERS
David Byrne is a long-term member and one-time chairman of the Caughley Society, describing himself as a confirmed 18th century porcelain potaholic. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers and worked as a jewellery consultant over many years for various auction houses. He has also done general valuation events which have included 18th century porcelain. Although now officially retired he has written and continues to teach the three-day jewellery, diamond and gemstone identification and valuation workshop for the National Association of Jewellers, which is part of the curriculum for all those studying for their jewellery valuation exams.
David's analytical approach, using PowerPoint to demonstrate identification, will be used for this session which he has created and will lead.
AUTUMN MEETING 2022
The Autumn meeting will be held on Saturday 1st October 2022
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