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The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection Paperback – 1992
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The author has impeccable credentials in ceramic publishing having written books on Bow and Chelsea so the text is flowing and informative. Although the book is essentially a guide to the contents donated to the museum, other publishers and curators could do well to model their catalogues after this example.
Lots of illustrations, many in colour, lists of subjects, an extensive bibliography and full index make this the best volume on Wedgwood products up to the third quarter of the 19th century. The most recent ceramics are by Lessore so there are no fairyland lustre wares shown, but they really deserve a book of their own or should comprise half a volume on twentieth century Wedgwood.
This book together with the 'Dictionary of Wedgwood' would cater for all your needs on the subject at hand.
As an avid collector, I rely on seeing the actual identification marks (the curve of the impressions, the case, etc.), not just a description, for each piece. Otherwise I would have rated the book 5 stars. I do think the authors could have provided more photographs of the identification marks, including all the variations.
The second half of the book is a catalog of over a thousand works. They have a black & white photograph, a description, provenance, marks, and more on each of the pieces.
If you want to get into understanding Wedgwood in a serious way this is an essential resource in your education.