Earle Collection of Early Staffordshire pottery illustrating over seven hundred different pieces, by Major Cyril Earle, T.D., with an introduction by Frank Falkner, and a supplementary chapter by T. Sheppard, F.G.S. Containing upwards of two hundred and s

Collection History

The digital collection draws upon the Library's exhibition, "Victorian Ornament: Excerpts from Design History," Dec. 9, 1989 - March 10, 1990, Edna Barnes Salomon Room, and supplements it with additional works through the 1920s. Holdings from the Victorian period, 1839-1900, are particularly strong covering America and Western Europe; these are often pattern or illustrated advice books. Other movements with representative, and often rare, titles include: Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco.


The Art & Architecture Collection has long been a repository of unusual plate books, with a core antiquarian collection dating to the initial creation of the Art Division. Many came from the private library of the architect Thomas Hastings, of the partnership, Carrere and Hastings, responsible for the Library's landmark classical revival building on Fifth Avenue. In the second half of the twentieth century, the department acquired additional significant titles retrospectively in response to growing recognition of the collection's depth and rarity.

Collection Data

Earle, Cyril (Author)
Falkner, Frank (d. 1930) (Author of introduction, etc.)
Sheppard, Thomas (1876-) (Author)
Earle, Cyril (Collector)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1915
Place Term: London [etc.]
Publisher: A. Brown and Sons, limited
Library locations
Shelf locator: MPGO+ (Earle, C. Earle collection of early Staffordshire pottery illustrating over seven hundred different pieces)
Staffordshire pottery
Pottery -- Private collections
Halftone photomechanical prints
Content : "The subscribers' edition of this book is limited to 250 copies."

Content : "The evolution of the potter's art, by T. Sheppard": p. xxix-xxxiv.

Content: "English earthenware; bibliographical notes": p. 239-240.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC : 3525963
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b13969695
UUID: 1f463c80-c6c2-012f-4241-58d385a7bc34
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