As part of the developing the rich potential of the wide variety of Antique Dealer archives that we now have at the Brotherton Library Special Collections at the University of Leeds we have developed a ‘Where is it Now?’ project. The project aims to reconnect some of the objects in the archives with their current owners, if they still exist in public museums or private collections anywhere. We are choosing objects that are relatively easy to identify, and objects that we believe are (still) of some historical significance.
The photographs of the objects will be initially from the Phillips of Hitchin archive photograph albums, which appear to date from c.1900. Phillips of Hitchin were established in 1882 at the Manor House, Hitchin, and remained there for over 120 years. The business sold antique objects to museums and collectors from all over the world, so we are hoping that some of the objects will speak of their travels!
The first of the ‘Where is it Now?’ objects is this Lambeth (London) delftware plate, dated 1717, and with the initials ‘C W D’ painted on it. If you know where it is do let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambeth delftware plate, 1717. Phillips of Hitchin archive, Brotherton Library Special Collections, University of Leeds, MS1999/4/1/52. Photograph courtesy of the Brotherton Library Special Collections, 2016.