DCC Seminars

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
Daniel Room at Spode CentreThe 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
Website                                              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.
WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO   Watch for further announcements

Pocket Guide H&R Daniel – A Pocket Guide to aid identification
By J & J Simpson, B Smith, B Beardmore, G & S Pickett

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 - please contact us for details.

Ornamental coverNew Daniel Ornamental Book
By Brian Smith

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 illustrates 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, illustrating 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.

H&R Daniel Earthenwares - POST FREE SPECIAL OFFER
By John and Jeannette Simpson, Brian Smith and Bryan Beardmore

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 attributed.

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 Godden

Published in a limited edition of 200 copies by the Daniel Ceramic Circle with the generous support of the Transferware 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 printed mark.
We must make it clear that we are specifically Daniel collectors and not professional valuers. We 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 consult the Facebook British Pottery and Porcelain discussion group where there are people with experience of a wide range of manufacturers.