Collecting our thoughts: The Lucile Pillow Collection of English Porcelain

Beaverbrook Art GalleryNovember 24, 20170 Comments

The Lucile Pillow Collection of English Porcelain was given to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 1959 by Lucile (Mrs.Howard) Pillow, a patron of the arts, a friend of Lord Beaverbrook, and a founding member of the gallery’s first board of governors. The pieces in this collection can be referred to as either china or porcelain. The term ‘porcelain’ is derived from the Italian word porcellana and refers to the material from which it is made; ‘china’ is named for the region where it was first developed.

Everything in the display was produced between 1743 and 1840, a period often referred to as the Golden Age of English porcelain. It includes teapots, tea cups, coffee cups, sauce boats, butter boats, scalloped plates, open-worked baskets, ornate fruit coolers, urns, and dancing ‘figgars’. They originate from factories whose names are familiar to many: Chelsea, Derby, Worcester, Wedgwood, and Coalport. 

You can find the Lucile Pillow Collection of English Porcelain in the newly renovated International Wing of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Stop by on your next visit!


Collecting our thoughts is an occasional series of short reflections on works in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s permanent collection. We want to share some of the treasures we have in the building (and on display) with our guests and members of our community, and tell you a little about why we think they’re special – and hopefully you’ll agree!

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