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A Spring Sale is currently going on from now until the end of April!  30% off most items in the store!!! Online shopping is included in the sale!!!

George Jones Majolica Pottery

George Jones Majolica Pottery

Many things come to mind at the mention of the name George Jones.Depending on your location, you might even know a country song or two written by American Country artist, George Jones. However, those who love antique pottery might envision something totally different.

I credit the research of Geoffrey Gooden and Robert Cluett’s George Jones Ceramics 1861-1951 for my references.This book is a visual and historical gift.



George Jones the merchant and pottery manufacturer was born in Nantwich , Cheshire in June, 1983. His family had no connection to the pottery trade whatsoever. His early life was not easy and he was raised by three sisters. At fourteen he apprenticed with Minton pottery. He later worked for Wedgwood & Boyle and then with Francis Wedgwood as a traveling salesman.

Eventually Mr. Jones would be among the great names of pottery industry such as Minton, Wedgwood, Coalport, Derby ,and Copeland Spode.  He received international fame and awards for his majolica creations with medals at the World's Fair in Paris (1867), London (1871), Vienna (1873) and Sydney (1876).

At Pickwick, we are fortunate to have some of the finest examples of George Jones work. It is truly a feast for the eyes...the depth of the colors and details. Please enjoy these pictures from our collection ...You might find yourself humming a George Jones tune if you wish.

Fruit Service

Dessert Service

Dessert Service

Garden Seat

Service Dish

As always....Design is in the Details
Pam Sexton
Pickwick Antiques

Part Three:  The Real Deal.  Will the Real Mr. Chippendale Please… Be Seated?

Some of the most beloved styles in furnishings have been influenced by Thomas Chippendale.  The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker Director, written by Chippendale, soon became the standard for all cabinetmakers who would "improve and refine the present tastes and suited to fancy circumstances."  



Over 160 copper plates started a revolution in the design and details of creating and furnishing the "fancy" home.  This work also focused on Gothic, Chinese and Modern taste as well as ornaments.  The designs, or "plates", are hopefully referenced to for young students of design.  Memories of pouring over the "plates" for exams are still vivid in my reflection. 

Imagine if Mr. Chippendale, who was a proud cabinetmaker, could see how his visions have been passed down and influenced many a young designer. 

In truth, authentic Chippendale pieces are indeed RARE and even more difficult to locate.  We use the term "Chippendale Style" to describe pieces that are designed in the manner of Chippendale's original pieces.  Even so, Pickwick Antiques offers some extremely beautiful pieces that are dated and are the direct influence of Mr. Chippendale's work.


  

As Always... The Design is in the Details
Pam Klepper Sexton
Pickwick Antiques
Montgomery, AL
334-279-1481

Provenance

At Pickwick Antiques we are often asked about the history of a piece. The truth is, we do not  always know the history of each and every piece. We try very hard to give as much information about the pieces and make a practice of giving detailed research whenever possible.

PROVENANCE is defined as : “A record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality” 

It would be unethical to give provenance to pieces in order to embellish an item’s worth.

On the other hand, we have an extensive selection of items that we are familiar with the estates and points of origin. 

Come visit us and experience the beauty of our Pickwick collections.

As Always... Design is in the Details.

Pam Klepper Sexton

Pickwick Antiques

 

Next Blog: The Real Deal: Will the True Chippendale Take a Seat?

Part Two:  What is in a Name?...

His name is synonymous with design, art, style and the influence thereof.  He never owned a storefront on Park Avenue or Rodeo Drive.  His designs continue to impact the designers and architects of today and will continue to do so in the future.

You could call him "Britain's First Interior Designer," "The Shakespeare of English Furniture," "a published author and designer"... OR you could simply call him by his last name, which has traveled farther than he could ever have imagined.  It has been carried around globe and into palaces, businesses, museums and countless homes.  Perhaps, even your home. 

His name is Chippendale.  Thomas Chippendale, and this year is the 300th Anniversary of the celebration of his birth in Otley, England.  

We at Pickwick Antiques will be celebrating Mr. Chippendale's 300th birthday through January 2019.

Look to our Blog, Instagram, Facebook and Website for updates and a final in-store celebration.

As Always... Design is in the Details

Pam Klepper Sexton, Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, AL

*Credit: Photo from http://chippendale300.co.uk

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