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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dear MIS members,

I hope to see you at the annual meeting of the Majolica International Society in New York April 30- May 3, 2009. The annual meeting and the great opportunity to visit three private extraordinary majolica collections should not be missed.

The Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue & 54th St will again be our centrally located “home.” It is within walking distance to just about the very best New York has to offer – theatres, museums, great shopping, fabulous antiques, and restaurants. It will be a great chance to be in an exciting city as well as enjoy sharing our love of majolica.

The deadline for the excellent Hilton convention room rate has been extended.

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Tel. 212-586-7000
Fax 212-315-1374

We will have an unprecedented opportunity to visit the magnificent majolica collections of Marilyn and Ed Flowers in Bay Shore, NY, Gabrielle and Michael Ehrenthal in Woodmere, Long Island, and Donna and David Reis in Rye, NY. Private buses have been chartered for all these trips. In addition, Joan Graham and Thea Benenson have invited us again to their Manhattan apartments to view their wonderful collections.

With kindest regards,

Maryanne H. Leckie
Vice President, Membership
Majolica International Society
Convention Registration

Philippe Meunier & Jean Defrocourt

19th Century European Majolica

Paris, France & Plano, TX

Carefully selected during our latest survey of Majolica collections in Europe. Our latest acquisitions will be unveiled at the MIS Convention in New York. Feel free to ask if you have any questions and email us at:
We will answer any request.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Christie's has some fabulous majolica items up for auction.

Sale # 2159 at Rockerfeller Center, New York.
19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009
Lots 138 to 154 and lot 158
More information will be posted to their web as we get closer to the auction date.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Threat to Minton Archive by Martin Bailey

Reprinted from the March 2009 issue of the Art Newspaper, a British art periodical

Threat to Minton Archive, by Martin Bailey

Potteries Museums Mount Rescue Plan
LONDON. The Minton ceramics archive faces dispersal, following the financial collapse of the Waterford Wedgwood Group in January. Minton, founded in 1793, had been acquired by Royal Doulton in 1968, which in turn was bought by Waterford Wedgwood in 2005. Bonhams, which has been advising over the Minton archive sale, has valued it at around £6m. With material dating back to the late 18th century, the Minton archive ranges from painted designs for plates to financial records. Among the major 19th century designers represented are Augustus Pugin and Christopher Dresser. If the archive goes to auction, it would be divided into lots and dispersed. In the present situation, the Waterford Wedgwood administrators, Deloitte, are obliged to maximise the proceeds, and this might well involve breaking up the collection.

A rescue plan is now being mounted jointly by the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston and the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on- Trent. The archive would be jointly owned, but would normally be stored at the Wedgwood Museum, which has modern facilities.

Discussions are currently under way on the price, since the museums feel that £6m is excessive; they have commissioned independent valuations suggesting a figure around half that sum. Approaches are being made to the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund.

The government appears supportive. Deputy chief whip Lord Davies said in the House of Lords on 11 February: we are "fully seized of the importance of the archive and we want to see it intact and, preferably, in the Potteries [area of Midlands]".

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wedgwood in the Nineteenth Century

By Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, published in The Magazine Antiques

The Wedgwood ceramics manufactory, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year and is one of the oldest potteries functioning today, has been the subject of numerous monographs, exhibition catalogues, journal articles, and even a novel. Read the rest of the story.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Minton Archive saved from being SOLD

One of the world's most important ceramics archives has been saved from being sold at auction, The Sentinel can reveal. The Minton archive, which features drawings dating back to 1793, was set to go under the hammer at Bonhams in London this month following the collapse of owner Waterford Wedgwood. Read the rest of this story

Wedgwood collapse may shatter Minton Archive

A collection of ceramics drawings described as the crown jewels of the Industrial Revolution is on the brink of being broken up and sold after the collapse of Waterford Wedgwood. Read more at the TIMES ONLINE