How will history treat this man? Will his inventions and designs survive the passage of time? Perhaps it is only my imagining, or do I see his name becoming a trademark? And the insignia on his designs, two centuries on – is that the Portland vase? The Genius of Wedgwood is at the Victoria and Albert Museum until September 17. showrooms. None maybe admitted without a ticket, ‘ he reminds me, for an outing to his china showrooms has become very fashionable. Mr Wedgwood is Britain’s biggest exporter. He sells well in the newly independent States of America, and in Holland as well as in Russia. It is rumoured that even the French porcelain industry is starting to worry: their designs look dated, with their Baroque excesses. Conquer France in Burslem?’ At the suggestion Wedgwood’s blood quickens and he remarks: FINE DINING RECIPES FOR TWO We will fashion our porcelain after their own hearts and captivate them with the elegance and simplicity of the Ancients. But do they love simplicity?’ One thinks glumly of their fluted shells and gilded garlands. Either I have been deceived, or a wonderful reformation has taken place,’ he adds. The French and frippery have jingled together so long in my ideas that I scarcely know how to separate them.’ Yet not all Wedgwood’s foreign buyers appreciate the elegance and simplicity of the Ancients.
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