The new eBook by Penrose Antiques Ltd is formed from a collection of fine 18th and 19th century porcelain including examples from the very rare Camden dinner service, the Prince of Wales dinner service, the Pendock-Barry service, the Rothschild service, the Lady Philadelphia Hannah Cremorne (grand daughter of William Penn) service, the extremely rare Nantgarw Duke of Cambridge service (ordered by The Prince Regent as a wedding gift to his brother Adolphus on his marriage to Princess Augusta) along with an equally rare Billingley Pinxton cup and saucer. The eBook is available for purchase and download online via a number of retailers including Goggle Books, Apple itunes, and Kobo Books.
A Journey with William Billingsley
Copyright: © 2016 Penrose Antiques Ltd
published by: Neopubli GmbH, Berlin
William Billingsley was a highly talented Derby decorator who developed his own formula for a fine soft paste porcelain. He left Derby to manufacture his own porcelain at Pinxton in Derbyshire, working there until 1801. Billingsley then decorated porcelain for a number of manufacturers including Barr, Flight & Barr at the Worcester factory. He eventually worked his way to Nantgarw in South Wales. Around 1811, he started up the Nantgarw porcelain factory with Samuel Walker. This allowed him to produce his own porcelain, but it proved expensive to produce and was not commercially viable. Nevertheless, Billingsley continued at Nantgarw, decorating porcelain based on his own formula before moving to the Swansea Factory. Billingsley returned to Nantgarw in 1817 before leaving in 1820 to work with John Rose at the Coalport factory, where he died in 1828.
The selling exhibition “A Journey with William Billingsley” is taken from a collection formed over 45 years by a private collector. The collection consists of 37 pieces of porcelain. The earliest pieces are important rare examples of 18th century Derby, a number of which were decorated by William Billingsley.
The exhibition follows Billingsley as he moves from Derby to Pinxton, with a perfect and well documented Billingsley Pinxton cup and saucer. The exhibition charts his move to Nantgarw, with some iconic pieces of Nantgarw porcelain, including examples of locally and London decorated important dinner services such as the Duke of Cambridge service and the Lady Seaton service
The exhibition then follows Billingsley to Swansea with some key pieces such as an example from the Burdett-Coutts service, eventually ending in the final Swansea period associated with Dillwyn’s fateful wish to decrease wastage and lower the cost by the production of a more resilient but less marketable porcelain incorporating steatite in the Trident body.
Dr MCT Denyer
Top left: Derby Porcelain Dinner Plate (Barry – Barry Dinner Service) c1800
Top middle: Swansea Basket Weave Moulded Slop Bowl C1815
Right: Extremely rare Derby Biscuit Porcelain Figure of Flora Modelled by Jean Jacques Spangler C1795
Bottom left: William Billingsley Pinxton cup and saucer C1798
Bottom middle: Nantgarw Dinner Plate (The Duke of Cambridge Dinner Service) 1818
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