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Seventeen members of the English Ceramics Circle, ceramics specialists from England and as far away as Australia, recently visited Historic New England’s Collections and Conservation center in Haverhill. Curator Nancy Carlisle pulled out highlights from the ceramics collection and offered a quick overview of Historic New England’s approach to collecting. Afterwards, she let the visitors discover hidden treasures on ceramics storage shelves. Among their finds: fireplace tiles c. 1770 by Sadler and Green, the inventors of transfer printing, two wonderful eighteenth-century teapots from the estate of Alma Duckworth, and a transfer-printed “Wild Rose” Staffordshire sauce dish.
Members of the circle also visited Historic New England’s Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, to see the ceramics there, particularly Helena McCann’s collection of Chinese export porcelain.