Nantgarw - (Ceramics Porcelain England)

Nantgarw - (Ceramics, Porcelain, England) This porcelain factory founded in 1813 by William Billingsley who had been at Derby. Billingsley produced porcelain of exceptional translucency, almost like glass. But kiln wastage was so high, sometimes 90 per cent, that the enterprise was bound to fail, .and in 1814 the factory was transferred to Swansea. Billingsley returned to Nantgarw (1817-20) but was unable to evolve a commercially successful formula. Inevitably Nantgarw porcelain is very scarce. The soft, S6vres-like paste is highly esteemed by collectors. Some of the wares produced were decorated at Nantgarw but most were sent to London for that purpose. The usual mark is `NANT GARW' in rough capitals with `c.w.' smaller underneath (probably standing for `China Works').

Eighteenth-Century English Porcelain in the Collection of the Indianapolis Museum of ArtEighteenth-Century English Porcelain in the Collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art  

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