Wed 29th May 2019 1.45pm
Visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum for an illustrated lecture on the Chelsea Pottery works founded by Nicholas Sprimont (after whom Sprimont Place is named) and others in about 1745, and the ceramics produced there. The V&A has a fabulous collection of works from the Chelsea pottery factory, which were produced for the 18th century aristocracy
The factory was at the corner of Lawrence Street and Justice Walk, and part of the works was in Cheyne Row West, where large quantities of broken figures and bases were found during excavations in 1843. The factory produced ceramics to a very high standard, and the museum’s collection includes many fine examples which we will be able to see.
There is a book on Chelsea Porcelain by Elizabeth Adams (2001 ed)
Many of the items produced at the Chelsea factory bear the famous red anchor symbol, which is now the logo of The Chelsea Society. This was used during the “red anchor period” from 1752-1756.