The Museum is delighted to be hosting a very special preview exhibition of two important collections of early coloured Worcester porcelain, now offered for sale with Bonhams on 20 May 2020 in Knightsbridge. ‘Worcester’s coloured gems: treasures of early Worcester Porcelain from the Alchin and Kenber collections’ brings together exceptional examples of the early coloured decoration that set Worcester apart from all other porcelain makers of the time.
John Alchin and Ralph Kenber were both drawn to the delicate enamelled decoration and the delightful small shapes made during the first decades of production at Worcester. Painted onto little cups and cream jugs, Worcester’s interpretation of ‘chinoiserie’ was uniquely British, a fantasy world peopled by cartoon figures who stand beside extraordinary flowers and temples.
Bonhams is delighted to be offering these collections for sale to a new generation of collectors and pleased to bring 100 highlights back to the home of Worcester porcelain in the City where they were made. They will be on show at the Museum from 23 April to 5 May 2020.
Join us for a launch evening in the exhibition with experts from Bonhams, enjoy wine and nibbles and a talk about what these important collections tell us about early Worcester.
This event is free but places are limited so please call the Museum to book your place.