Category Archives: Rockingham

Bryan Bowden

Bryan Bowden dealer in fine antique 18th century to 20th century ceramics

Dealer in 18th, 19th and early 20th century ceramics, small furniture including one of the best collections of Rockingham Porcelain in the North of England. This year Bryan will also be exhibiting a collection of fine Royal Worcester porcelain including a number of signed pieces decorated by J Stinton.

Bryan Bowden will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair on the 8-9 June 2018.

For further information about any of the items displayed on this page, e-mail Bryan Bowden at

Marmaduke’s Emporium

The Marmaduke's Emporium stand at the 2016 York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair

The Marmaduke’s Emporium stand at the 2016 York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair

Marmaduke’s Emporium

Dealers in fine 18th, 19th and 20th century ceramics.

Marmaduke’s Emporium will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on the 8 – 9 June 2017.

For further information about stock and an informal discussion, e-mail Marmaduke’s Emporium at

Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques, Decorative and Fine Art Fair 8 – 9 June 2018

York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair – Entry £5

Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd was established to provide York with an annual high quality, dealer led antiques fair.  Our first fair was held at The University of York in June 2015, and we moved to York Racecourse (Postcode YO23 1EX) in 2016 to allow the fair to double in size. Since then the fair has grown to become one of the largest high quality fully stand fitted decorative antiques fairs in Yorkshire, making it a must visit event for any antiques or interior design enthusiast.

The next fair will be held at York Racecourse on Friday 8th – Saturday 9th June 2018. Spread over two floors, there will be an extensive collection of antiques, fine art and decorative wares from the medieval to the modern day.

The fair will be a real day out, and will host a selling exhibition of Blue John jewellery by Treakcliff Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire, along with a series of lectures. Check the website for the full program and times.

The Fair will open at 10am and close at 5pm on both the Friday and the Saturday.

Entrance is £5 per person

There is ample free parking at the venue.


Directions to York Racecourse YO23 1EX

Head towards York along the A64. Take the A1036 (Tadcaster Road) into York and continue towards York.  After approximately 1.8 miles turn right into Knavesmire Road.Continue along Knavesmire Road into Campleshon Road. The carpark will be on the right just as you turn into Campleshon Road.

Selection stands at the 2017 Rose antiques fairs York racecourse antiques Decorative and Fine art fair

Selection of stands at the 2017 Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair.

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York Antiques Fair


Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques, Decorative & Fine Art Fair, 8th and 9th June 2018

York Antiques FairUp to 70 top dealers over two floors with quality antique maps, netsuke, silver, watches, fountain pens, 18th to 20th century ceramics, fine art, jewellery, arms and armour, country furniture, treen,  art nouveau, arts and crafts, art deco and decorative 20th century pieces.

Disabled access, free parking, on-site catering & talks/events

Opening Times

  • Friday 8 June 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday 9 June10am – 5pm

Entrance £5 per person.

Selection stands at the 2017 Rose antiques fairs York racecourse antiques Decorative and Fine art fair

Selection stands at the 2017 Rose antiques fairs York racecourse antiques Decorative and Fine art fair

Brief History of Yorkshire Rockingham Pottery and Porcelain

Pottery was initially manufactured by Joseph Flint near Swinton in Yorkshire on land rented from the Marquis of Rockingham in 1745. However the business passed to an Edward Butler who in turn sold it to William Malpass in 1765. He went into collaboration with the glass manufacturer William Fenney and together, they started to make high quality whiteware and cream enameled wares from good quality clays imported from Cornwall and Kent. The company thrived, becoming Bingley, Wood & co and it was then taken over by the Leeds Pottery in 1787. However the Leeds pottery interest in the company waned, and by 1806 the company was under the direction of the father and son team John and William Brameld. They continued making good creamware pottery marked with an impressed Brameld Mark and also more durable stoneware and pearlware pottery. The latter was decorated with transfer prints and became quite popular. Unfortunately the Bramelds were not financially aware and the company fell into difficult times, running up debts of about £220,000. However, they secured loans from Earl Fitzwilliam, heir to the Marquis of Rockingham. This funding allowed them to start making fine white soft paste porcelain formed from a combination of bone ash, Cornish stone and china clay.

Figure 1 Rockingham trio c1826-30 red griffin markBetween 1826 and 1830 in recognition of the Earl’s support, the company was renamed Rockingham and the company mark became the Griffin, which is the Rockingham family crest. The mark was applied in red to the base of items (Figure 1). Through the patronage of the Marquis of Rockingham, Rockingham porcelain came to the attention of the King (William VI) who ordered the now famed 200 piece Royal dinner service in 1830. Subsequent to this the Rockingham mark changed again from a red griffin to a griffin printed in puce with the legend “Manufacturer to Figure 2 Rockingham trio c1826-30 puce griffin markthe King” (Figure 2). The Porcelain produced by Rockingham was flamboyant, being heavily influenced by the rococo molded styles combined with vibrant colours and heavy gilding typical of the Regency/ late Georgian period. The ornamental pieces such as the stork handled vase (Figure 3) were really very imposing. The time and effort that went into the production of Figure 3 Rockingham Stork Handled VaseRockingham porcelain was significant for example the 200 piece royal dinner service took eight years to complete and was eventually delivered to Queen Victoria. Although undertaking this work for the King led to a significant influx of orders from the aristocracy and wealthy middle classes, the extremely high quality of the products led to the company running at a significant loss. This along with the loss of the patronage from the new Earl Fitzwilliam resulted in the closure of the Rockingham potteries in 1841.

Rockingham porcelain remains highly collectable, the cup, saucers and smaller pieces are generally easier to source, although they are becoming steadily harder to find. However, larger Rockingham ornamental pieces are few and far between.