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Title: The design, production and consumption of English lead-glazed earthenware in the seventeenth century
Author: Dean, Darron.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3421 0450
Awarding Body: Royal College of Art
Current Institution: Royal College of Art
Date of Award: 1997
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The thesis is based on a detailed examination of three pottery production centres, in Harlow (Essex), Bamstaple and Bideford (north Devon) and Burslem and Hanley (north Staffordshire). It combines a study of material evidence from archaeological and museum collections, with archival sources, which have in the past largely been studied separately. Four aspects of the pottery trade have been explored. Firstly the production, sales and distribution of pottery, analysing the transfonnation of the trade from small scale production at the start of the seventeenth century to a semiindustrialised trade by the early eighteenth century. Secondly the thesis analyses the function of seventeenth century pottery. From an examination of the way pottery was used for cooking, dining and display by a wide section of society, the analysis explores the interaction between high and low forms of culture within the domestic sphere. Thirdly the design of seventeenth century pottery is analysed, exploring the relationship between localised communities and a wider national socio-economic and cultural context. Finally the thesis examines the consumers of pottery, analysing the differences in pottery ownership between different social groups and in different parts of the country. By integrating an analysis of design, production and consumption, the thesis argues that English lead-glazed earthenware came to be used by non-elite groups during the seventeenth century as a way of buying into a more refined domestic material culture, and explores the way in which elite cultural forms were appropriated at an individual and local level by both the producers and consumers of lead-glazed pottery.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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