Worcester Porcelain and the Arts of Islam: Fuchsia Hart

Commerce, Creativity and Collaboration: The Story of Royal Worcester and the Islamic World

On Thursday 11th February 2021, we held a live online illustrated talk with Guest Curator, Fuchsia Hart. If you were unable to watch live, please find the video recording and link to our YouTube channel below where you can hear about some fascinating insights into Worcester porcelain’s inspiration and lively interactions with the world of Islam – from Arabic inscriptions on an 1820 breakfast service created by Chamberlains for the Nawab of the Carnatic, Azam Jah, to richly gilded 20th Century dinner services commissioned from Royal Worcester by rulers of the Gulf states. Not forgetting George Owen’s iconic reticulated late-19th Century vases which adapt the shapes of Indian and Middle Eastern vessels as their silhouette.


Fuchsia Hart, PhD candidate at the Khalili Research Centre University of Oxford, and former Research Assistant for the upcoming Iran Exhibition at the V&A, was supported by the Islamic Art and Culture Subject Specialist Network to spend time with our collections and archives. She has translated Arabic inscriptions on the porcelain and pattern book designs and identified rare books in the archive that brought early illustrations of Islamic objects collected by the V&A to the factory’s design library in the 19th Century.

The talk is illustrated with new photography of collection and archive items enabled by the project.

On Saturday 17th October, 2020, we held a live Facebook event where we chatted with the display’s Guest Curator, Fuchsia Hart about some of her favourite objects on display in ‘Worcester Porcelain and the Arts of Islam: Creativity, Commerce and Exchange’.

If you were unable to watch live via our Facebook page, you can now watch the video via our Youtube channel below. Fuchsia is happy to answer questions about the display.

Email us at [email protected] to ask your question.

Worcester Porcelain and the Arts of Islam: Creativity, Commerce and Exchange is at the Museum of Royal Worcester until February 2021.

This exhibition is part of a wider project supported by: