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Paging Dr. Wall!
"Worcester porcelain met an eighteenth-century demand for useful wares and superb cabinet art. Learn some of the details here!"
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So who was this Dr. John Wall anyway?
All of these
He was a porcelain enthusiast and a chemist. He was interested in developing a new type of English porcelain
He was a physician practicing in Worcester during the eighteenth century
He was one of fourteen men who founded a corporation in Worcester in 1751. Their intent was to manufacture a porcelain that could compete with Chinese imports
Hard paste? Soft paste? These terms are used repeatedly in describing the development of European porcelain. Which of the following statements is inaccurate?
Hard paste refers to the high-temperature "hard firing" required to vitrify it
Soft paste was made of a variety of substances, some of which were actually harder than hard paste
Soft paste was an attempt to re-create Chinese porcelain
Hard paste was made from kaolin, a pure form of clay
Excavations at the factory site suggest that the original formula was not successful. At that point, an alternative formula was purchased from Benjamin Lund, its developer. Lund had tried without success to manufacture his porcelain in where?
I'm now looking at two early saucers and notice that one was decorated with blue transfer printing, while the other was painted with a brush. What does this fact tell me about their relative age?
The print is probably older, because the expense of hiring painters was only practical after the factory started making a profit
Nothing in particular. Suitable prints could have been imported from China
The painted one is probably older because print decorating was not common in the 18th century
Nothing in particular. Both techniques were used throughout the factory's years of production
Why was decoration applied under the glaze almost always blue?
The cobalt pigment was relatively stable and thus convenient for mass production
Blue decoration made it easier to confuse with the more expensive Chinese ware
Surveys indicated that most people preferred blue
Blue pigments could be placed under the glaze and finished in a single firing
Dr. Wall retired in 1774. By this time, blue-and-white patterns with Chinese themes were no longer popular.
I just looked up the pattern on one of my printed saucers, and the book says it's so rare only two others are known! It must be worth more because of its rarity?
Reasons why Worcester was preferred to other English ceramic products did not include which?
Reliable production meant the items and patterns could be supplied to order
It didn't crack when hot water was poured into it
It was a lot cheaper
It didn't develop an unpleasant taste after repeated use
What naturally-occurring mineral was the "secret ingredient" in the first successful Worcester porcelain?
A porcelain formula similar in composition to first-period Worcester was used at which of these factories?
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