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Vintage Book Profile, Revue and Price Guide: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden

Book Profile, Revue and Price Guide: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden. The author was a well-known expert on British china and porcelain and wrote over thirty books on the subject. This book is extensively illustrated and includes factory details for many of the leading British ceramics producers.
An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden

About the Book: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain

Collector's guides are always useful books and An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden is no exception.

Geoffrey Godden was an internationally renowned expert on antique china and porcelain. He was a prolific writer on the subject, so much so that he was nicknamed the "Barbara Cartland of Ceramics". From the 1990s and into the early years of the twenty-first century, as well as writing, he frequently appeared as an expert on the BBC television show Antiques Roadshow: He thus became one of the best known faces in his field.

First published in the UK by Herbert Jenkins in 1966, An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain is packed with photographs of over one thousand examples of British ceramics. It does not include time sensitive information such as price guides, which are often out of date before they go to press. Instead it has some useful historical notes and an invaluable multi-page glossary of the terms a collector may come across.

This book may be viewed as a stand-alone volume or as a companion to Godden's British Pottery and Porcelain Marks which was published two years earlier. There are a few makers marks shown in this volume, but the main emphasis is on the photographic images, some of which are in colour.

As a writer, historian and researcher, I found the references and notes to many of the makers' factories to be most enlightening. Extended details of around forty companies are included and these are accompanied by photographic examples of their wares. These detailed notes cover well known ceramic producers like Belleek, Copeland, Doultons and Mintons: There are also some lesser known names such as: William de Morgan, Longton Hall and Pinxton. Many other names are represented in the photos, although not necessarily accompanied by detailed notes.

The full list of manufacturers factories noted in the book appears below.

This is an extensive book which does justice to its subject matter and acts as a photographic catalogue of British ceramics.

An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain is a very detailed book, illustrated throughout

Contents: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Historical Summary and Glossary
  • Illustrations etc, in alphabetical order of the manufacturer's name, with numerous factory histories
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

Historical notes are included in the illustrated section for the following pottery and porcelain manufacturers:

  • Belleek
  • Bow
  • Bristol Porcelain
  • Caughley Porcelain
  • Chamberlain's Worcester
  • Chelsea and Chelsea-Derby Porcelain
  • Coalport Porcelains
  • Copeland's
  • Copeland & Garrett
  • Messrs. Davenport
  • William de Morgan
  • Derby Porcelain
  • Derby Pot Work - Cockpit Hill
  • Doultons
  • Grainger - Worcester
  • George Jones (& Sons)
  • Leeds Pottery
  • Longton Hall
  • Lowestoft
  • The Martin Brothers (Fulham and Southall)
  • Masons
  • Mintons
  • Nantgarw
  • James Neale (& Co)
  • New Hall Company (Tunstall & Shelton, Staffordshire)
  • Pinxton
  • Plymouth
  • Pratt Wares
  • Ridgways
  • The Rockingham or Swinton Works
  • Spode
  • Sunderland Pottery
  • Swansea Pottery and Porcelain
  • The Modeller Tebo
  • The Toft Family
  • The Turners
  • Wedgwood & Co
  • Wedgwood
  • Enoch Wood
  • Worcester Porcelains

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Illustrations include sixteen colour plates. This one shows the Chelsea porcelain figurine of Apollo

About the Illustrations:

An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain features sixteen full colour photographic plates and six hundred and seventy-nine black and white photographs. These came from a number of sources including the author's own collection and other privately held collections, along with photographs of dealers' stock.

The list below is of public bodies - museums, art galleries and libraries - who provided photographs of ceramic artifacts held by them for the book:

  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Bristol City Art Gallery
  • British Museum, London
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
  • Chanctonbury Gallery, Washington, Sussex
  • Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
  • National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
  • Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
  • The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton (Canada)
  • Museums and Art Gallery, Glasgow
  • Museum and Art Gallery, Hereford
  • Ipswich Museum
  • City Art Gallery and Museums, Leeds
  • Museum and Art Gallery, Lincoln
  • Liverpool Museums
  • Newark Museum (New Jersey)
  • Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • Castle Museum, Norwich
  • Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham
  • Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth
  • Museum and Art Gallery, Rotherham
  • Marlipins Museum, Shoreham, Sussex
  • Southall Public Libraries
  • City Art Gallery and Museum, Stoke
  • Museum and Art Gallery, Sunderland
  • Sussex Archaeological Society Museum, Lewes
  • Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea
  • Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
  • Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  • Yarmouth Museum
  • Bodleian Library, Oxford

About the Publisher: Herbert Jenkins Ltd

The company was founded by Herbert George Jenkins (1876-1923), a writer and a publisher. He wrote numerous novels, short stories and biographies but was best known for publishing most of the P.G. Wodehouse novels, starting with Piccadilly Jim in 1918.

Herbert Jenkin's life was relatively brief but he made good use of his time. The formation of his own publishing company came in 1912 after having previously spent eleven years working at The Bodley Head, a London based publishing house founded in 1887 by John Lane and Charles Elkin Mathews. Jenkins had a great understanding of consumer demands and tastes. Furthermore, he favoured bold marketing methods such as eye-catching dust jackets and advertising campaigns, and he was willing to take on previously unpublished writers. These were significant factors in establishing his company and securing a longevity and success well beyond the time of his death. Jenkins also frequently published books in series. The following are some of the better known Herbert Jenkins series:

  • Fireside Library
  • Green Label Novels
  • Colonial Library
  • Shilling Library
  • Reason Why
  • Splendid Library
  • To-Day Library
  • Victorian Collectors

In 1964 Herbert Jenkins Ltd merged with Barrie and Rockliffe, becoming known as Barrie and Jenkins. This new amalgamation became well-known for non-fiction books about antiques and collecting, although the Herbert Jenkins name continued to be used for some years. The Barrie and Jenkins name is still used today, as a Random House imprint, having further evolved as a commercial entity several times over the past fifty years.

Herbert Jenkins, Select Publisher’s Bibliography

Below is a bibliography of many of the glass, china and porcelain books published under the Herbert Jenkins name. Although the company merged with Barrie and Rockliffe in 1964, the full "Herbert Jenkins" name still appeared in book credits for some years before being superceded by Barrie and Jenkins.

  • 1910 The China Collector: A Guide to the Porcelain of the English Factories by William H. Lewer
  • 1920 Irish Glass: An Account of Glass-Making In Ireland From the XVIth Century to the Present Day by M.S. Dudley Westropp
  • 1926 Old English Drinking Glasses: Their Chronology and Sequence by Grant R. Francis
  • 1928 English Delft Pottery by Major R.G. Mundy
  • 1928 How to Identify Old China by Agnes Willoughby Hodgson
  • 1930 Dictionary of Marks and Monograms of Delft Pottery by Professor Jean Justice
  • 1941 Victorian Grotesque by Thomas Burke
  • 1961 Victorian Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden (Victorian Collector Series)
  • 1961 Victorian Costume and Costume Accessories by Anne Buck (Victorian Collector Series)
  • 1962 Victorian Embroidery by Barbara Morris (Victorian Collector Series)
  • 1962 Victorian Pottery by Hugh Wakefield (Victorian Collector Series)
  • 1963 Victorian Silver and Silver-Plate by Patricia Wardle (Victorian Collector Series)
  • 1966 An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden
  • 1968 Minton Pottery and Porcelain of the First Period 1793-1850 by Geoffrey A. Godden
  • 1968 Victorian Lace by Patricia Wardle (Victorian Collector Series)
  • 1968 Coloured Glass by Derek C. Daies and Keith Middlemas
  • 1969 The Handbook of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, by Geoffrey A. Godden
  • 1969 The Illustrated Guide to Lowestoft Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden
  • 1969 The Illustrated Guide to Worcester Porcelain 1751-1793 by Henry Sandon
  • 1969 Caughley and Worcester Porcelains 1775-1800 by Geoffrey A Godden

The above illustrations include the pottery work of Hilditch & Son, Hill Pottery Co and S. Hollins

About the Author: Geoffrey A. Godden F.R.S.A.

Geoffrey Arthur Godden F.R.S.A. (1929-2016) was born in Worthing, Sussex. This is where the family antiques business Godden of Worthing was based. The Worthing retail business had been started in 1900 by Geoffrey's grandfather, Arthur, and continued by his father Leslie Godden. Prior to this Edward T. Godden, an auctioneer and estate agent, had started trading in antiques in Kingston-Upon-Thames from the middle of the nineteenth century.

After a break from the family business when Geoffrey was called up for National Service in 1947, he returned to specialise in English ceramics from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He collected various ceramics and had a particular passion for Lowestoft porcelain, the subject of one of over thirty books which he wrote.

As well as a collector he was a dealer. He nicknamed himself a "Chinaman" (a term used as early as the eighteenth century for a ceramics dealer). It was Henry Sandon of the BBC Antiques Roadshow who called him the "Barbara Cartland of Ceramics" - a reference to his prolific output as a writer. Perhaps his most important contribution as a writer was his 1964 book Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks. This has been reprinted many times and is considered bycollectors to be the "Ceramics Bible".

Geoffrey Godden's other interests in life included sea angling and lawn bowls. The latter led to his book Beginner's Guide to Bowls, which was a rare move away from writing about ceramics.

Geoffrey A. Godden F.R.S.A. Author’s Bibliography

A bibliography of Geoffrey A. Godden's books follows. The dates shown are for UK first editions but in some cases these may have been preceded by American editions.

Godden also edited a number of books and wrote magazine articles, which are not included here.

  • 1961 Victorian Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Herbert Jenkins
  • 1962 An Introductory Handbook to British China Marks, UK 1st edition published by Dolphin Press
  • 1963 British Pottery and Porcelain 1780-1850, UK 1st edition published by Arthur Barker
  • 1964 Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, UK 1st edition published by Herbert Jenkins
  • 1965 Marks and Monograms On Pottery and Porcelain (Chaffer's), Vol. 2, Revised by Geoffrey A. Godden, 15th Edition
  • 1966 Antique China and Glass Under £5, UK 1st edition published by Arthur Barker
  • 1966 An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Herbert Jenkins
  • 1968 Minton Pottery and Porcelain of the First Period 1793-1850, UK 1st edition published by Herbert Jenkins
  • 1969 The Handbook of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, UK 1st edition published by Herbert Jenkins
  • 1969 The Illustrated Guide to Lowestoft Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Herbert Jenkins
  • 1969 Caughley and Worcester Porcelains 1775-1850, UK 1st edition published by Herbert Jenkins
  • 1970 Coalport and Coalbrookdale Porcelains, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1971 The Illustrated Guide to Mason's Patent Ironstone China, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1971 Stevengraphs and Other Victorian Silk Pictures, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1972 Jewitt's Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1972 The Illustrated Guide to Ridgway Porcelains, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1974 British Porcelain: An Illustrated Guide, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1977 British Pottery: An Illustrated Guide, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1978 Godden's Guide to English Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Granada Publishing
  • 1979 The Boat and the Town, UK 1st edition published by Hodder and Stoughton
  • 1979 Oriental Export Market Porcelain and Its Influence on European Wares, 1st edition published in the UK by Granada
  • 1980 Godden,s Guide to Mason's China and the Ironstone Wares, UK 1st edition published by the Antique Collectors Club
  • 1982 Chamberlain-Worcester Porcelain 1788-1852, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1983 Staffordshire Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Granada Publishing
  • 1985 English China, UK 1st edition published by Ebury Publishing
  • 1985 Eighteenth Century English Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Granada Publishing
  • 1986 British Porcelain: An Illustrated Guide, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1988 Beginners Guide to Bowls, UK 1st edition published by Macdonald & Co. (Queen Anne Press)
  • 1988 Encyclopaedia of British Porcelain Manufacturers, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1989 Davenport China, Earthenware and Glass 1794-1887, written in collaboration with Terence A. Lockett, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1990 The Concise Guide to British Pottery and Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1991 Encyclopaedia of British Art Pottery 1870-1920, written in collaboration with Victoria Bergesen, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1991 Collecting Lustreware, written in collaboration with Michael Gibson, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1993 Godden's Guide to European Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Barrie and Jenkins
  • 1996 Collecting Picture Postcards, UK 1st edition published by Phillimore & Co
  • 1999 Godden's Guide to Ironstone: Stone and Granite Wares, UK 1st edition published by Antique Collectors Club
  • 2004 Godden's New Guide to English Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Millers
  • 2004 Godden's Guide to English Blue and White Porcelain, UK 1st edition published by Antique Collectors Club
  • 2004 New Hall Porcelains, UK 1st edition published by Antique Collectors Club

Colour illustrations of Swansea porcelain

Physical Outline: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain by Geoffrey A. Godden

  • Title: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain 
  • Author: Geoffrey A. Godden F.R.S.A.
  • Published by Herbert Jenkins, 1st edition, 1966
  • Format: A hardcover book with its original dust jacket
  • Pages: 390, introductory text, factory notes and annotations, 679 black and white photographic illustrations and 16 colour plates 
  • Printed by: Jarrold & Sons Ltd. (Norwich)
  • Size Approx: 195x252mm
  • Approx weight: 1898g

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Antiques Roadshow

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Royal Doulton

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Bodleian Library

Smithsonian Institution

Victoria and Albert Museum

P.G. Wodehouse

Bodley Head

John Lane

Charles Elkin Mathews

Barrie & Rockliff

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Henry Sandon

Godden of Worthing

National Service

Lowestoft Porcelain

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