• Short Summary

    A team of archaeologists -- racing to complete their excavation of ancient pottery in south-west London before it is demolished -- have discovered a store of finely decorated stoneware pottery from the 17th century and what seem to be the first examples of European porcelain.

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    A team of archaeologists -- racing to complete their excavation of ancient pottery in south-west London before it is demolished -- have discovered a store of finely decorated stoneware pottery from the 17th century and what seem to be the first examples of European porcelain. Porcelain -- a hard, transparent material of almost pure clay -- was previously thought to have been first manufactured in Missen in Germany in 1710, but these London examples are a quarter of a century earlier.

    John Dwight -- scholar, chemist and founder of the pottery -- was also the first person to produce in commercial quantities a new kind of stoneware pottery glazed with salt. His designs for these are of the highest quality. They include decorated wine-jars and medallions with the emblem of particular drinking houses of the time. There were also medallions designed for noblemen close to King Charles II who reigned from 1660 - 1685 A.D.

    Although the pottery itself will be demolished, a kiln -- used for putting a glaze on the pottery -- will be turned into a museum.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9OGW5BVY15EP46VJC5C6PTWFT
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OGW5BVY15EP46VJC5C6PTWFT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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