Annual Seminar


The Most Beautiful, Useful and Uncommon: Sir Hans Sloane’s Botanical Treasures on Chelsea Porcelain

Sally Kevill-Davies, Independent Writer, Researcher, Author and Scholar.

April 9th – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Please note:  the seminar will take place at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, CT.

For further information and to register please click and download the Information and Registration form at the side of this page.

1.  Triumph and Disaster: Nicolas Sprimont’s Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (1745-69)

 Probably the first porcelain manufactory in England, the Chelsea Factory in London was the creation of Nicholas Sprimont. His factory’s ceramics, with contributions from his innovative painter and sculptor, were the choice of high society in both London and the great country houses of England.

2.  A New World Flowering on Chelsea Porcelain: Transatlantic Botanical Exchange and the Chelsea “Hans Sloane” Wares

 The Chelsea porcelain botanical wares associated with the name of Sir Hans Sloane are among the most popular of the factory’s products today, and were a huge success during the mid 1750’s when they were produced. Drawings by Georg Ehret of the plants, later engraved and then copied by the Chelsea factory artists, are explored.
 3.  Visions of Arcadia and America: The English Aristocracy, the Landscape Garden and and Chelsea Botanical Porcelain
The Enlightenment passion for nature resulted in a new fashion in landscaping:  an idealized vision of nature. There was also a new fascination with recently discovered American trees and shrubs. This phenomenon was translated into wares painted with images of the imported plant life, particularly those used at “polite” desserts.







Above (Left to Right)
1.Teapot, “Monkey-Rooster-Snail”, Minton Majolica earthenware, circa 1875, L. 7″ Image supplied by Nicolas Boston.
3.Dish with Dragons. China, Ming Dynasty, Jaijing Period (1522-1566). Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze. Diameter: 26.5″. Albuquerque Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art.