To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, English ceramics designer William Edwards has followed tradition in creating a splendid set of porcelain. It is beautifully hand-decorated in 22-carat gold, and a worthy successor to the traditions of the sadly lamented great names of English porcelain.
William Edwards is now one of Britain’s leading ceramic designers—and of course one of the few remaining porcelain craftsmen still working in Stoke on Trent and continuing to use the traditional hand-decorating skills that have existed in Stoke for generations. Collectors of commemorative English bone china will be thrilled by this good news in an otherwise dark chapter for The Potteries.
Highlight of the seven-piece collection is a 28cm diameter plate with a central picture of Darwin against a backdrop of HMS Beagle on its voyage to the Galapagos Islands and Terra del Fuega. The rim is decorated with six cameo pictures depicting Darwin’s life, from his birthplace in Shrewsbury to Shrewsbury School, Down House, Kent, and three species which inspired his leap of imagination—Galapagos turtles, mockingbird and iguanas.
RRP £74.95 plus delivery. CCUK £63 including delivery.