The 2020 Seminar was cancelled because of the coronavirus restrictions.
In the hope that we may be back to some kind of normality by autumn 2021
the 25th/26th September has been reservedfor our Seminar and AGM.
Watch for further details in the May 2020 Journal and on this page .
Daniel at Spode and at the NEC The DCC are delighted to be asked to mark the
250th anniversary of the Spode manufactory in 2020 by the Trustees of the Spode
Museum and Heritage Centre in Stoke on Trent with a display of Daniel porcelain
to mark Henry Daniel’s contribution to the Spode story. This will be the
first time a collection of Daniel wares can be seen by the public. The display
will be in the Daniel Room (pictured right) which is currently exhibiting early pieces of Spode
porcelain with a botanical theme painted by Henry Daniel before 1822. The DCC
will continue the theme of botanical and flower painting, highlighting the
gilding, with emphasis on the early shapes of Daniel wares after Henry set up
his own business. The Spode Museum Trust & Heritage Centre, Elenora St ,
Stoke on Trent ST4 1QQ is on the original 18th C site It is open March to
December 2020 Wednesdays to Sundays 10.30 to 4.00 Parking is available on
site Admission Free
There is a useful Potbank Hotel and Tea rooms on site.
The Spode Society have also been invited to stage an exhibition at the
Spring Antiques for Everyone Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, where there
will be eight cabinets, two of them featuring hand painted flowers and
landscapes. This is a special occasion and opportunity not to be missed
to see some of Spode’s finest pieces. Clearly 2020 will be the year to
visit both exhibitions to view some beautiful painting by Spode or
Daniel. THE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY
CLOSED - CHECK BEFORE TRAVELLING THE NEC EXHIBITION IS TO BE RESCHEDULED
WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO Watch for further announcements
Identifying Daniel Porcelain Tablewares is the most frequently used
reference book for Daniel collectors but is now out of print.It is also rather large for carrying around at
antique centres or fairs and only shows patterns which have already been
discovered and recorded. The current edition illustrates over 1100, and although
a new edition is planned, which will contain a large number of additional
patterns, the data available still represents less than half of the likely
output from the Daniel manufactories. Clearly, there are many more patterns
still to be found and we hope that this easily portable Pocket Guide will assist
you to discover some of the “missing” Daniel patterns
When faced with an unmarked item which may be
a previously unknown Daniel pattern, it is essential to be able to identify the
shape but how many of us can be confident of holding in our heads all the
distinctive features, such as the twists of an Acanthus Base handle, the finial
of a Chelsea cream bowl and the number and shape of the holes in Shell Pierced
wares? The Pocket Guide, published in 2018, starts from the viewpoint – what are you looking at?
If, for example, the item in front of you is a plate, simply turn to the section
on plates where all the known Daniel plate shapes are illustrated. Having
identified the shape, another section provides a full description of each shape,
approximate dates of manufacture, range of pattern numbers previously recorded
and any further hints to aid identification. The 84 pages (A6 sized) contain
nearly 400 illustrations, most in full colour. We believe the Pocket Guide will
become an essential tool for anyone interested in Daniel wares and will lead to
new discoveries. ISBN: 978-0-956 239 112 The Pocket Guide costs £10
plus £2 P&P (UK only, enquire for overseas rates).
Current members of the DCC qualify for an additional discount - pleasecontact us for details.
ISBN: 978-1-5272-1013-4 Brian Smith’s new book Identifying Daniel
Ornamental Wares was published in July 2017
in a limited edition of 150 copies. The A4
size book with
laminated covers, which has 291 pages with over 620 colour illustrations,
has been eagerly awaited not only by collectors of Daniel’s ornamental pieces
but also by everyone with an interest in the wide range of items produced by the
Daniel manufactories. The only previous work on the topic, Michael
Berthoud’s Daniel Ornamental Wares,
was a 30 page Bulletin, dating from 2002. Valuable as that ground-breaking work
was, it has long been out of print and copies are hard to come by. This far more
substantial new work
all 26 loose pages from the only known surviving ornamental Daniel pattern book
found at the V&A Museum and includes a wealth of new information,
many 'as-made' examples of vases, scent bottles, ewers, jars, standishes, and
pen trays that have been identified over the last 15 years. It is a
‘must-have’ item for Daniel collectors. You can order a
copy direct from Brian at £36, plus £4 UK postage – overseas buyers please
enquire for postage rates. The books are despatched in purpose-made protective
boxes. You can contact Brian through this website –
just click here.
The reputation of Henry and Richard
Daniel is based on their glorious porcelain but, in spite of its importance
to the commercial success of the company, little has been written about
their huge production of earthenware. Signposts to Daniel earthenwares were
provided in the pioneering works of Geoffrey Godden and Michael Berthoud,
but few have followed that path until now. This is the first book to attempt
a comprehensive survey of the various shapes and patterns produced in
earthenware by H&R Daniel and to differentiate them from other contemporary
manufacturers such as Thomas Dimmock & Co, to whom they are frequently
Brian Smith and Bryan Beardmore have between them over
fifty years experience in identifying and collecting Daniel, and are
co-authors of the most recent work on Daniel porcelain tablewares.
John and Jeannette Simpson had considerable experience as technical authors
before being drawn into the ceramics world, and since 2010 have been editors
of the Journal of the Daniel Ceramic Circle.
Foreword by Geoffrey A
Published in a limited edition of 200 copies by the Daniel
Ceramic Circle with the generous support of the
Collectors Club through the Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable
Foundation Research Program.
134 pages, A4 paperback, printed in full
colour throughout. ISBN: 978-0-9562391-2-9 To order this book please contact us.
Price £25 post free within UK - overseas buyers please enquire.
Current members of the DCC qualify for an additional discount.
If you think you have an item which might be Daniel, please check
the Daniel wares section of the website and see if there is an item which
corresponds in shape to your own. If you then want confirmation that it is
Daniel, please send no more than three photographs with individual file
sizes of 1 MB or less, ensuring that you show the body shape of the item
clearly and significant details such as cup handle shapes and any painted or
We must make it clear that
we are specifically Daniel collectors and not professional valuers.
cannot offer attributions in respect of any other manufacturers, nor do our
volunteers have time to reply to such requests. If there is no Daniel
shape which corresponds to your item, please check the list
of reference books for other contemporary
manufacturers; although many are out of print they can usually be consulted
at your local reference library. The
page of links may then help you to find
other relevant contacts. You may also find it useful to
Facebook British Pottery and Porcelain discussion group where
there are people with experience of a wide range of manufacturers.