The Earle Collection of Early Staffordshire pottery illustrating over seven hundred different pieces

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, T. (Thomas), b. 1876 (Author)
Earle, Cyril (Collector)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1915 (Inferred)
Place: London [etc.]
Publisher: A. Brown and Sons, limited
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection
Shelf locator: MPGO+ (Earle, C. Earle collection of early Staffordshire pottery illustrating over seven hundred different pieces)
Staffordshire pottery
Pottery -- Private collections
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.
Bibliography: "English earthenware; bibliographical notes": p. 239-240.
Statement of responsibility: 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 seventy half-tone reproductions in sepia and ten full-page plates in colour.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 p. ℓ., v-xlvi, 240 p. col. front., illus., IX col. pl. 33 cm.
Halftone photomechanical prints
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 3525963
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13969695
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1f463c80-c6c2-012f-4241-58d385a7bc34
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