Book Of Pottery Marks
|Author(s):||William Percival Jervis|
|Publish date:||Jan 1, 1897|
|Number of pages:||113|
IN COMPILING this list of Pottery Marks I have endeavored to adapt my- self more particularly to the requirements of American readers rather than attempt the collation of a great number of marks, many of which exist only on single specimens, carefully stored away in some public or private collection, inaccessible to any but a favored few. In the case of Delft marks, for instance, it appears to me useless to encumber my pages with marks from the historical records of the Hotel de Ville, some of which have never been seen except in the records of registration ; so I have presented only a few specimens of the best-known makers, reserving my space, as far as possible, for the marks of to-day, though the past has so many honorable traditions that it was impossible to altogether ignore it. I was fortunate with regard to Japan — my friend, Mr. H. K. Tetsuka, himself the son of a well-known Japanese potter, having kindly drawn a collection of representative Japanese marks of to-day, and supplemented them with brief explanatory notes. Very many of the marks here given have never before been published. Some of the old ones are copied from examples of collectors who have placed their collections at my disposal ; others have been freely drawn from existing works on the subject; and I believe all prominent makers are represented with a sufficient degree of fullness. Great care and no small amount of trouble has been taken with the American section ; and if my design to make this the feature of the work has not been accomplished I could easily vindicate myself. But I was the recipi- ent of many courtesies at the hands of American manufacturers, for which I am not ungrateful ; and I trust they will find their reward in the public recognition of their honesty of purpose to elevate their art and to make American pottery representative of American skill and all that is noblest in American art.