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PERSONAL HISTORY

Anton Gabszewicz has been an international specialist in English Ceramics for over 30 years.   He began dealing in English Porcelain after leaving school and joined Christie’s in 1975.   There he catalogued British Ceramics’ sales and prepared valuations for Insurance and Probate of both European and Oriental Porcelain from British country houses and abroad.    For many years he was a principal auctioneer for the firm amd became a Director in 1989 when he took over as Head of the European Ceramics Department.

Since 1993 he has been acting for Christie’s in a consultative capacity and has organised two Evening Education Courses on 18th Century English Porcelain.
He also works as a world-wide independent consultant to collectors and museums.

 

He has lectured extensively for ceramic societies, seminars and other institutions, including:

He has lectured extensively for ceramic societies, seminars and other institutions, including:

 

 

   

The National Trust for Scotland
Antique Collectors’ Club Seminar
Geoffrey Godden’s Ceramic Seminar
The Georgian Group
The Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar (London)
The Study Centre for the History of Fine & Decorative Arts (London)
The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art (Toronto)
The National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne)
The Powerhouse (Sydney)
Decorative Arts Symposium (Filoli, San Francisco)
The San Francisco Ceramic Circle
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
(for The American Ceramic Circle)
The British Museum (for The Oriental Ceramic Society)

He has spoken regularly at Mercury Antiques (London) on Early English Porcelain.
Lectures have included detailed accounts of Chelsea, Bow, Isleworth, ‘Girl-in-a- Swing’, Blanc de Chine and Lady Charlotte Schreiber.

A World Tour in 2000 included return invitations to speak at the George R.Gardiner Museum, Toronto and The San Francisco Ceramic Circle. He also lectured at The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Colonial Williamsburg and The War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand. In Australia he opened ‘The Treasury of Bow’ Exhibition in Melbourne and spoke at the seminar organised by the Ceramics & Glass Circle of Australia. He also spoke to The Collectors’ Society of Adelaide and The Ceramic Collectors’ Society in Sydney.
He was one of the first experts to take part in the original BBC Television’sAntiques Roadshow, and continued to appear regularly for 10 years.

He has written articles for The Antique Dealer and Collector’s Guide, Antiques Trade Gazette, Christie’s Review of the Year and Ceramics Magazine.

He has published a number of standard reference works:
Bow Porcelain, The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman
(Lund Humphries, 1982) in conjunction with Geoffrey Freeman.   

Isleworth Porcelain
(Private publication, 1998) in conjunction with Roderick Jellicoe.

Made at New Canton
(English Ceramic Circle, 2000).

 

 

 
He has recently been appointed as a lecturer for NADFAS. His lecture titles include:

Early English Porcelain 1745-70
Bow Porcelain c. 1747-1775*
Chelsea Porcelain c.1745-1770*
Two London Porcelain Factories: Chelsea & Bow, a Study in Contrasts
European Porcelain at Fenton House, Hampstead
* Lectures on detailed aspects of both these factories are available on request.

 

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