H & R Daniel
Makers of the finest late Regency Porcelain
BACKGROUND TO HENRY
& RICHARD DANIEL
The skills of Henry Daniel and his son Richard had ascended to such heights that the porcelain products they were producing in the late Regency and early Victorian period were being eagerly acquired by the wealthiest of the nation’s gentry, and even Royalty could then be counted amongst Henry and Richards customers. Although best known for superbly decorated porcelain from their manufactory in Stoke, this branch of the Daniel family also produced an additional and perhaps a more ‘commercial’ range of earthenware items from a second site located in Shelton.
It is sometimes difficult to fully appreciate the enormity of the entire range of styles and decoration that Henry and Richard were offering, with their designs numbering from just below Pattern 3000 to well over Pattern 9000. It was highly unlikely, if not almost impossible, for this father and son partnership to have produced items from all the 6000+ patterns, given that they commenced their production in 1822 and which only lasted for just over twenty years. However, collectors of Daniel wares have to date discovered and catalogued around 1200 examples of these superb ceramics, with new and unrecorded pieces still occasionally appearing.
Today, the small but increasing numbers of collectors of H&R Daniel ceramics are striving to locate and record the surviving pieces of Table and Ornamental Ware that Henry and Richard produced, and perhaps also the far rarer and older items manufactured by the earlier members of the Daniel family over the preceding centuries.
Sadly it was as a result of the death of Henry Daniel in April 1841 that began the steady decline of the company which finally ceased production in 1846 when Richard was declared insolvent. After Richard’s death in 1884 it was written that: ‘had his skills as a business man equalled his undoubted skills in the art of designing fine ceramics then his place in the history of Staffordshire potters would have been far more widely known’ (to quote from his obituary).
Identifying and collecting H&R Daniel porcelain is never easy for several reasons, the first of which is probably the fact that very few of their superb items were marked in any way other than some pieces having the small and often difficult to read four digit pattern number hidden on the underside. What few items that did display their name are found mainly amongst some of the exquisitely designed and decorated ornamental and tableware that was commissioned by such notables as, for example, The Earl of Shrewsbury, who placed his order for probably several thousand items of Daniels finest porcelain in 1826 to be housed at Alton Abbey, his home at that time, and now better known as Alton Towers.
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