Excerpt from Handbook of Marks on Pottery and Porcelain
The ardent collector of Pottery or Porcelain, even when he has long passed his novitiate, constantly feels the need of a reliable pocket volume containing the authentic and indisputable marks of the pottery and porcelain... of the best collectors' periods. It has been our aim to supply such a volume in a condensed and practical form. The only marks given in this book are those which are beyond dispute. The arrangement is geographical, the different species of ware being separately treated wherever practicable; but, by elaborate indices, ready reference has been provided to each mark, as well as to each factory. In addition, a condensed account of the important productions of every country prefaces each section of the work. The aim, throughout, has been to render the work as complete and self-contained as such a pocket manual can be; though, in his study, the collector will naturally turn for fuller information to the important histories or monographs, such as those mentioned in the bibliography.
It has been assumed that the collector is acquainted with the broad distinctions of Simple Pottery, Fai'ence, Stoneware, and Porcelain. The terms are used here in a very definite way.
Simple pottery includes all the forms of earthenware whether made from white or coloured clays, glazed with a transparent lead glaze.
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