SFCC Collections

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This album reflects our collecting focus on three aspects of European and American ceramics, each of which has its own gallery. Largest and most diverse is the emergence of European porcelain and of ceramics factories, from about 1700 to the mid-1800s. The SFCC was founded by collectors in this area and it is still our most active collecting field. Since The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have published A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain (Hirmer, 2018), we have underrepresented that collection. Second is the design reform era, including Aestheticism and Art Nouveau, from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Third is modern and contemporary studio art.

Of course, some of us can’t resist occasional other things: there’s a small gallery of material before 1700, and the historical galleries have non-western ceramics. We include affordable as well as exceptional pieces, to show new collectors that good material is in reach. (We leverage our own collecting budgets with knowledge.) The selections will rotate, so check back from time to time.

The photos in each gallery are arranged alphabetically, mostly by modern national borders and then by production site or maker. Works from the same place or maker, and all Chinese works, are arranged by date. The studio ceramics are from the USA, alphabetical by artist. Measurements are in centimeters or inches as provided by the owners.

For security, we don’t identify unpublished owners. (Apart from Malcolm Gutter's Meissen, a few things have been given to museums.) You can't recognize collections from the photo styles; some collections have been photographed differently over time, and some photographers have worked on more than one collection. To learn more about individual pieces, send questions to our Ceramics Q&A. You are welcome to download photos to see them full size and to keep them for personal study. For use in blogs or newsletters, please credit San Francisco Ceramic Circle. For other uses, contact us through the Q&A. Researchers can request high-resolution original photos and, in many cases, additional views.

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1935 Onward: Ceramics as Studio Art