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Collecting Ceramics with Experts and Collectors
Wed 5 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
We are delighted to welcome Paul Atterbury and also Marijke Varrell-Jones to Messums Wiltshire and an exceptional talk about Collecting Ceramics hosted by Catherine Milner.
Paul was formerly a historical adviser to Royal Doulton and editor of The Connoisseur. His books include Moorcroft Pottery, Dictionary of Minton, Poole Pottery, Cornish Ware, The North of France, The Thames, Country Railways, Branch Line Britain, and Exploring Britain’s Canals. He was the Curator of the Pugin Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 1994 and the same Museum’s Victorian Vision Exhibition in 2001.
Despite never having an ambition to appear on television, Paul has been working with the ‘Miscellaneous’ team on the Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years. With a huge variety of interests and expertise including railway history, World War I, sculpture and 1920-30s jazz, it is no surprise that Paul has recorded a whole range of objects in his time on the Roadshow. One of his favourite items turned up in Belfast when Paul was presented with an old camera, which turned out to have been used in the Cottingley Fairy saga. “This was really a case of touching history, and it started me on a quest to find out more about the whole Cottingley story”, he explains.
Marijke Varrell- Jones
Marijke established Maak Contemporary Ceramics in 2009, which has quickly become an internationally respected and market leading art consultancy and auction house focused on handling the very best in contemporary ceramic art. The success of Maak is a result of combining an in depth specialist knowledge of contemporary ceramic art, with unique experience of the associated auction market and a dedication to providing excellence in client experience. It is the only auction house in the UK holding regular exclusive auctions of contemporary ceramics.
Catherine Milner has worked in the international art world for more than twenty years. Formerly Arts Correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, she now regularly contributes articles about art to a number of publications including the Financial Times, the Economist and Apollo Magazine. Catherine was one of the first to write about the Young British Artist group in the 1990’s. She is now a Curator.