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Title :

Hamilton, geology, stone vases and taste

Author :
VICKERS, Michael ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Sir William Hamilton's small collection of hardstone objects (rock crystal and murrhine) is here viewed against the background of his geological interests, especially vulcanology. Hamilton lived in an age when there was a shift in taste from the antique model (in which hardstone vessels were highly esteemed) to the modern (in which they are not). Pliny's encomia of rock crystal and murrhine ware find echoes in the collecting patterns of 18th c. courts; these were soon to be replaced by an enlightened taste for glass and ceramic, fuelled in large part by the spread of utopian ideas, and to some extent by the publication of Hamilton's own collection of Greek ceramics by the unscrupulous Pierre d'Hancarville. Josiah Wedgwood, who catered for both aristocratic and middle-class markets, played an important role in disseminating these new tastes. ;
Pagination/Size :
5 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Antiquarianisme ; Antique (art) ; Collection ; Collectionneurs ; Collections ; Cristal de roche ; Céramique ; Grande-Bretagne ; Hamilton, William, 1730-1803 ; Hancarville, Pierre François Hugues d', 1719-1805 ; Pierre dure ; Wedgwood, Josiah, 1730-1795 ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Ancient ; Antiquarianism ; Ceramics ; Collection ; Collections ; Collectors ; Great Britain ; Hamilton, William, 1730-1803 ; Hancarville, Pierre François Hugues d', 1719-1805 ; Hardstones ; Quartz crystal ; Wedgwood, Josiah, 1730-1795 ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of the history of collections, 1997, 9, 2
INIST identifier :
24993201 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0954-6650 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;