Swansea and Nantgarw Porcelains

A Scientific Reappraisal

  • Howell G.M.¬†Edwards

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
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About this book


This book describes a holistic study of the porcelain manufactured at Nantgarw and Swansea in the first quarter of the 19th Century, using both scientific analytical data and historical provenancing. This porcelain is acclaimed as some of the finest and most translucent porcelain ever produced. These two porcelain factories are linked through the artistic and creative activities of the enigmatic William Billingsley and had a strictly limited production over only three or four years during the period 1812-1820. The earliest chemical analysis of these porcelains were undertaken almost 100 years ago and are compared with the results of more recent analyses The chemical composition of these porcelains, their artistic decoration and the struggle to maintain quality production is reviewed. Scientific explanations are proposed for the characteristic Swansea duck-egg porcelain translucency and for the Nantgarw iridescence. The book is well illustrated throughout and affords a good basis for the further in-depth study of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelains.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Howell G.M.¬†Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical & Forensic SciencUniversity of Bradford Department of Chemical & Forensic SciencBradfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48713-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48712-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48713-7
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