THE POTTERY OF SOUTH WALES. Grant-Davidson W.J. Free post UK -£5 air USASee original listing
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THE POTTERY OF SOUTH WALES.
An Illustrated Guide -Grant-Davidson W.J.
Consultant Editor Oliver Fairclough.
Original forward by Donald Towner. Additional material by Robert Leonard.
Published 19th November 2010.
Limited edition of a total of 300 numbered copies.
618 pages. 240 colour illustrations and 100 black & white. Hardback.d/w.
Limited edition of 250 numbered copies
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We are REFERENCE WORKS Ltd. The Ceramic Book Specialists.
We have been selling and shipping books worldwide for over 25 years .
We sold the Grant-Davidson Ceramic Library in 1999
whilst the ceramic collection was sold by Sotheby's.
Wallace James Grant-Davidson, FSA, FRSA, was at the time of his death in 1999 a noted Swansea personality who had gained an international reputation as an expert in ceramics.
This book was written thirty years ago, and has become almost legendary as the lost masterpiece on the wares of the South Wales potteries ( Oliver Fairclough, Keeper of Art, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff).
This is a book of three parts- a long time in the making. The first and fundamental part was Grantʼs completion of the script, done in the main in 1979.
After his death in 1999 his widow Margaret Grant-Davidson sought guidance from Oliver Fairclough of the National Museum of Wales and Brian Simpson ex-president of the Royal Institution of South Wales (now Swansea Museum).
Both supported the idea that the book should be published with as few amendments as possible.
The next problem was that Grantʼs vast slide collection would need transferring to computer, and other black & white photographs needed retaking in colour.
Roger Davies took up the challenge and, as many items came from collections that had long since been dispersed, this proved a formidable task.
It took Oliver Fairclough over 3 years to assemble a composite text from the two manuscripts Grant had left; one containing later corrections by Grant and also by Donald Towner.
The book has worn remarkably well during its quarter of a century in Grantʼs study, but the reader is referred to several publications that Grant did not have available to him at the time.
The original research by Grant on Potters and related employments has been greatly expanded by Robert Leonard and now numbers some 266 entries taken from St. Maryʼs and St. Johnʼs church registers.
This list contains some significant and surprising entries. The illustrations of items themselves are from numerous sources including Grantʼs own collection and the R.J. Maddock collection.
The illustrated catalogue of wares runs from page 125 to page 415 with the informative descriptions that include a description of the piece along with details of any mark, size, source of illustration and very often further notes referring to similar examples recorded elsewhere or providing other information on the piece or its maker.
Then follows further illustrations taken from Grantʼs slide collection of excavations and buildings at the Nantgarw site and the numerous appendices.
This will be the only published edition of this work with no re-prints and no reduction in price. Copies only available direct from ourselves.
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