The Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program
"The Italian Pattern: The story of an iconic 19th Century transferware design"
To perform a comprehensive study exploring the introduction of Spode’s famous Italian pattern. The study included exploring how the pattern was produced and/or copied by many other potters in the early nineteenth century and explaining how this was allowed in the period prior to the copyright act; and cataloging the different potters producing the pattern and showing the variation in their approach, including shapes, colors, quality of wares, etc. The core of the work was photographing and cataloging the Andrew and Adrienne Richards collection of the Italian pattern and organizing and expanding Andrew’s research of the pattern where needed, including adding special pieces of the pattern accessible in museums and/or private collections. View completed project.
Provided two lectures incorporating new research to the 2011 Baltimore Annual Meeting. View detailed summary of The Mysterious Mr. Marshall, Plagiarist Extraordinaire.
Summarized his two 2011 Baltimore Annual Meeting presentations and Richards Foundation grant research. Download Swansea's Printed Wares: A Reassessment
Developed content for an online exhibition of British transferware decorated with American themes. View completed project.
Develop an overview of the "Importance of Transferware in the Ceramic Output of European Potteries for the South-East Asian Market."
Develop a "Catalog of the Greeves Collection of Transfer-Printed Pickle Dishes and Milseys with a Social and Historical Commentary."
In this excellent 202-page publication, Richard documents the outstanding and one-of-a-kind collection of the late Robin Greeves and provides an interesting social and historical perspective for these two often misunderstood forms of transfer-printed Staffordshire pottery. Richard's study includes a discussion of the role of "pickles" on 18th and 19th century English tables, a review of how pickle dishes and milseys were used, and a comprehensive and well-organized catalog of patterns and shapes. Following the cataloging this unique collection for Richard's research project, the collection was sold in lots at auction. The project includes literally hundreds of quality images of these two unusual forms which are skillfully organized by shapes and patterns. This is a document you will surely want to add to your library.
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Develop content for an online exhibition of Spode transferware designed to advance the education and awareness of Spode transferware and to reach a broad internet audience of collectors, researchers, students and historians of the British Pottery Industry. View Completed Project
Introduce some certainty in the attributions for the ambiguous marks found on filled-in transfer Chinoiserie patterns on pearlware made in the 1820's.
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Research Ben Franklin's claim in correspondence to a friend in 1773 that he had invented the transferware process 20 years earlier and publish findings.
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Develop/update and publish a comprehensive catalog of all known transfer-printed views of localities in the British Isles.
Thanks to committee members Pat Halfpenny, Jackie Overman, Wes Palmer, Michael Weinberg, and past member Dick Wagner, for their substantial efforts.