Roger Elliott, on behalf of Zena Thomas: “Wedgwood, Jane Austen and White Ware.” Writer Jane Austen wrote to her sister Cassandra that she visited Wedgwood’s London Showroom where her brother chose a dinner set in White Ware for his household. With notes and illustrations provided by Zena Thomas, Roger told this remarkable tale of the association of the Austens’ with Wedgwood. Zena is a committee member of the Wedgwood Society of Australia, and generously assisted Roger with material to deliver this talk.

A tureen from a dinner service bearing the armorial marking of Edward Austen Knight on its lid, bowl and plate.
The Jane Austen House is in Chawton, Hampshire and is now an independent museum dedicated to the authoresses’ life, works and legacy
The Edward Austen Knight dinner service.
Wedgwood pottery on
display inside the Jane Austen House.

Wedgwood patterns in Book One of
the factory’s series of sales catalogues.

Pattern 491, “WW Blue and
gold dimonds [sic] brown triangles & Crest
on the rim to pattn plate & copper plate”
Wedgwoood ‘white
ware’ teapot.
Portrait of Edward Austen Knight, Georgian gentleman. Edward was the third eldest brother of Jane Austen and provided her with use of a cottage in Chawton for many years. It is now the Jane Austen House and where his former dinner service is displayed.
Two white ware plates in

The Ceramic Collectors Society was founded on 13 September 1949, by a small group of antique dealers and ceramic collectors in Sydney. Its aim is to promote appreciation and knowledge of ceramic art and to form a meeting ground for all those interested in ceramics.

Honorary Secretary and Membership Secretary: Adrienne Wilson:
02 9332 3882

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