FPS ONLINE SYMPOSIUM – The Art of the Dealer: Selling Antique Ceramics, 1850 to 2000

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13 June 17:00-19:30 BST UK


The French Porcelain Society is delighted to announce a two-day webinar on selling antique ceramics in the pre-digital age from 1850 to 2000.

The first day will focus on the dealer in the long nineteenth century, emerging from his chrysalis as a seller of ‘curiosities’ and ‘Old Sèvres porcelain’ to modern scholar-dealer, trading on an international stage, selling to museums through antiques fairs, themed exhibitions, lectures, specialist monographs and catalogues devoted to ceramics. Papers will consider the Parisian dealer Beurdeley, the furnishing of J. Pierpont Morgan’s London home and the dealers who supplied him and the rising market for oriental ceramics popularised by Edgar Gorer.

On day two speakers will consider the legacy and change that characterised porcelain dealing in the twentieth century with papers on Marjorie Merriweather Post and French & Company in the United States, the activities of Hanns Weinberg in the 1950s for the Antique Porcelain Company and finally Robert Williams at Winifred Williams Antiques. Each day will conclude with a panel discussion.

This programme is made possible with the generous support of Richard Baron Cohen.


Full programme here. Registration in advance is required.

To register and receive the zoom link for both days please follow the link below:


This symposium is free and open to all, but donations (here) are appreciated.


Picture Credit: Interior views, The Antique Porcelain Company, 149 New Bond Street, London, from the Coronation Exhibition, 1953, with (left) the three-piece garniture of ‘vases des âges‘, Sèvres, 1781, now in The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, inv. no. 84.DE.718.