A selection of ceramics through the ages (5 second delay) Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology The Collections:
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Early Europe & Near East
Classical to Medieval
Europe from 1500
Oriental & Islamic
The Ceramic Collections (some links currently not yet active)
Europe from 1500:
English delftware
The Warren collection in the Museum contains particularly fine 18th-century work. It is supplemented by 17th-century archaeological finds from Oxford
English porcelain
The Marshall collection of First Period polychrome Worcester porcelain is one of the most representative to be found anywhere. In addition to pieces from other English factories, the Museum also benefits from the loan of an unusually fine private collection of Chelsea porcelain
French & German porcelain [not yet active]
The European porcelain collection includes fine examples of Meissen as well as other German factories and early French soft-paste porcelain
Italian maiolica [not yet active]
This outstanding collection of the art of the Renaissance potter, assembled by the Victorian scholar C.D.E. Fortnum, is one of the most representative in the world
Spanish lustreware [not yet active]
Complementary to the Italian maiolica collection, the Museum also has some fine Hispano-Moresque wares
Staffordshire salt-glaze
The highlight of the collection of Staffordshire pottery of the 17th and 18th centuries is the salt-glazed stoneware from the collection of Sir Arthur Church
Studio pottery
The collection of British 20th-century Studio Pottery began with two recent bequests, and already contains fine examples of the work of Dame Lucie Rie, Alan Caiger-Smith and Michael Cardew
English stoneware
The archaeological collection reflects the everyday domestic wares of Georgian England
Rhenish stoneware
The sizable collection of 16th to 19th century drinking vessels and containers well illustrates the rise in ale houses and taverns
English Earthenware (18th - 19th centuries)
Lord Mackintosh of Halifax and C.A. Andrade's collections encapsulate some of the great ceramic innovations of the 19th century
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