Tuesday, March 27, 2012
FINALLY, some good news on the Wedgwood Museum Trust fiasco. It appears that fundraising will begin to pay the Wedgwood Museum's part of the Pension Fund shortfall thus ending the long battle to secure the future of the Wedgwood Museum holdings! This is the first really good result that has been announced in quite some time. Coincidental to this problem at Barlaston has been the dilemma over what to do with the Minton Archive which became homeless in the demise of the Minton factory. That historic and valuable collection will be housed in some fashion with the Wedgwood archives at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. It appears changes to the Museum will be made to accommodate these additional archives and it seems likely we will now be following the progress of that step in the procedure. What a long road through a lot of British muck this has been but now a glimmer of hope has emerged! Let us all now give our support to those who will be working hard to make this latest plan realize success! Josiah may now relax in his repose and perhaps rest in some new-found peace! One can visit our website and see several Minton Archival Prints by a well-known British publisher. Click the link above (Minton Archive) for our favorite, a print with a raised gold emblem which replicates how the cup looks in 'the flesh'. And if you click the link Minton Archival Prints you will see others we have for sale currently.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
We are all familiar with royalty collectibles, and especially those of the ceramic variety, but check out the huge celebration provided for the Queen by the City of Manchester. They went all out with community gardens, luncheon, brass band of students, and even a wedding invitation for Her Majesty. The Wedgwood connection is that the celebratory luncheon was served on Wedgwood bone china commissioned for the Coronation in 1953. Click the title of this post to see photos and read all about the Queen's Royal visit to Manchester. Meanwhile, you can go here to see what we have in our inventory that might fit the ROYAL title - you could buy yourself a nice Royal Souvenir right here at Alexis Antiques!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Click the title of this post to see the latest on the Museum fiasco in England. It appears that the government is not going to admit to the errors in legislation or do anything to remedy the ill effects. The arts world will never be the same. It makes one think about common sense, wonder where in the world it is ~ certainly it is not in England! And here is a very well presented YouTube Video which explains about the dilemma, and the hopeful outcome, made just 8 days ago. The Attorney General has his head in the sand, no matter how one slices and dices this problem. The sale of all the Museum's holdings does NOT "plug the hole" in the company's pension shortfall. Maybe makes the drip less heavy, but does NOT turn off the faucet. Talk about a fool's errand!