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Ceramics in the West Midlands in the late 18th century: production and consumption through the eyes of Katherine Plymley

Dahn, J (2009) 'Ceramics in the West Midlands in the late 18th century: production and consumption through the eyes of Katherine Plymley.' Interpreting Ceramics, 11. ISSN 1471-146X

Abstract

In this article I investigate how a particular group of consumers in the West Midlands area – the Plymley family and their circle – related to ceramics and ceramics production during the late eighteenth and the early nineteenth century. My principle sources are the unpublished writings of Katherine Plymley and her brother Joseph Plymley’s A General View of the Agriculture of Shropshire with Observations (McMillan, London 1803). I review and discuss the evidence supplied by these sources and argue that both Abolitionism and Quakerism influenced the Plymleys in their consumption of ceramics, especially Coalport China.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Plymley; Coalbrookdale; Coalport; Wedgwood; Abolition; Quakerism; design history; consumption; gender; emulation; tea table; objectscape
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 12:38
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 23:00
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/375
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