Eccentric ceramics that tell the story of Britain

Eccentric ceramics that tell the story of Britain
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Pottery, plates, teapots, jugs, cups. They are commonly used domestic objects that have been used to commemorate significant cultural moments in Great Britain since the 17th century. Objects created to remember the accession to the throne of kings and queens or to celebrate extraordinary human feats such as the invention of hot air balloons, to make fun of "enemies" such as Napoleon or small souvenirs to display above the fireplace to bear witness to great public events or moments important in history. Henry Willett, an English businessman who lived between 1823 and 1905, was a great collector of ceramics which in his opinion offered valuable insights into the history, opinions and topics of interest to ordinary people. During his lifetime this Brighton brewer assembled a collection of around 2000 pieces, dating from between 1600 and 1900, which he then donated to the Brighton Museum. An eccentric and at the same time significant collection to tell 300 years of British popular history and which bears witness to important moments in the life of the country in this exhibition organized at the V&A South Kensington.

Paolo Mastazza - © 2024 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London