Photo by Bruce M. White

The Decorative Arts Society (UK) recently reviewed Majolica Mania:Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915, the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition of the same title which originated at Bard Graduate Center Gallery in September 2021 and will soon open at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The publication, which received the Historians of British Art award for best multi-authored book earlier this year, was edited by Susan Weber, founder and director of Bard Graduate Center, with Eleanor Hughes, Catherine Arbuthnott, Jo Briggs, Earl Martin, and Laura Microulis. According to Patricia Halfpenny for the Decorative Arts Society newsletter,
The generous number of illustrations from factory pattern and shape books, together with engravings from contemporary exhibition catalogues, original photographs of displays in exhibitions, and advertising ephemera are used to great effect throughout this volume and are especially valuable when linked directly with the splendid images of extant wares. … The collaboration of authors in Majolica Mania brings depth and scholarship to many more aspects of the subject than previous publications. There is much new information from both sides of the Atlantic. It is difficult to overestimate the value of having such a range of productions within one publication. … You may well be convinced that it is a book you should have on your shelf by dipping into a few chapters available on the Majolica Mania website or visiting the Majolica Mania exhibition, Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, 8 October 2022 – 29 January 2023.
Read the full review here.