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Penrose Antiques Ltd

Penrose Antiques Ltd was established in 2010.

We specialise in Georgian & Victorian silver, vintage watches, porcelain & small furniture. We also write, edit

and publish antique related books.

You can visit us at Salts Mill the world heritage site in West Yorkshire, where we have a dealer room at Carlton Antiques Centre. We also sell antiques online via our our Antiques Atlas shop,  organise exhibitions and take stands at Antique Fairs.

Penrose Antiques Books

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Penrose Antiques Ltd has published two books to date. The most recent, Charles Horner (ISBN 9783741852275 – Currently available as a paperback, but soon to become an e-book) is the first in a series of Penrose Antiques Ltd short guides to antiques. The second is an e-book catalogue (ISBN: 9783741809903) for the selling exhibition “A Journey with William Billingsley” This exhibition ran from the 25th of May 2016 through to 31st of July 2016.

Further books are in preparation.

Next Fair

Halifax Antique & Collectors Fair 16th October 2016

antiques-are-greenWe are proud to display the Antiques are Green logo. Buying antique items is a great form of recycling, and helps to protect the environment. For more information, please visit the Antiques Are Green website.

A journey with William Billingsley (ISBN:9783741809903)

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 Billigsley


A Journey with William Billingsley

Copyright: © 2016 Penrose Antiques Ltd
published by: Neopubli GmbH, Berlin
ISBN: 9783741809903


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


 Front cover

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

To read more, buy ‘A journey with William Billingsley’ from Goggle Books, Apple itunes, and Kobo Books.