Handley-Read Collection

Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read were philanthropists and collectors of 18th and 19th century decorative art and sculpture. During the 1950's and 60's they collected objects on a vast scale which were housed in their home in London.

In 1971 Charles Handley-Read sadly died and then followed a year later by his wife. As a result their collection was offered up for sale and many pieces were purchased by museums across Britain including the V&A, and The Higgins Museum in Bradford.

In 1972, Portsmouth Museum acquired funding to assist with the purchase of sixty objects from this incredible collection which include ceramics, glass, furniture and sculpture. Significant pieces which are today still part of the permanent collection at Portsmouth Museum.

In 2017 the museum was awarded a grant to assist with the photography of this collection and to create this on-line display.

We are still in the process of digitising the objects and will continually add images as and when we can. Most of the objects here are currently on permanent display but please check with the museum beforehand if there is something specific you would like to see.

Amazon by Jean Jacques Feuchere for Minton, parian porcelain c.1851

Corinna, the Lyric Muse by William Brodie for Copeland, c.1857

Earthenware bowl with red lustre by Wilhelm Zsolnay, c.1890

Earthenware bowl, decorated by Gwladys Rodgers, with a mottled glaze and lustre, c.1920 by Pilkington

Earthenware plaque in a ruby lustre glaze, with bird and foliage decoration, c.1895 By Maw & Co.

Earthenware platter decorated with 2 storks and waterlillies, c.1840 by Minton

Earthenware tile decorated with a shield and lions, c.1860 by Minton

Earthenware tile decorated with blue cornflowers and foliage, c.1882 by William de Morgan

Earthenware tile decorated with blue flowers by William de Morgan, c.1888

Earthenware tile inlaid with the letter 'h' and words Sola Virtus Invcta, c.1839 by Chamberlain

Earthenware tile with painted floral decoration, c.1890 by Maw & Co.

Earthenware tile with painted foliage, c.1890 by Maw & Co.

Earthenware tile with the initials A.W.P, designed by Pugin made by Minton, 1858

Earthenware two-handled vase by Charles Brannan, 1910

Earthenware vase by Bernard Moore, 1909. Decorated in Chinese style with cranes and cloud scolls. Side A

Earthenware vase by Bernard Moore, 1909. Decorated in Chinese style with cranes and cloud scrolls. Side B

Earthenware vase in mottled blue with purple mottling, c.1905 by Pilkington

Earthenware vase with a turquoise glaze and light blue detail, c.1900 by Pilkington

Earthenware vase with gold glazing, c.1880 by Sir Edmund Elton

Earthenware vase with olive lustre glazing, made by Pilkington c.1907, designed by Walter Crane

Earthenware vase with painted honeysuckle flowers and berries, c.1890 by Samson Hancock

Earthenware vase with turquoise and purple glazing, c.1904 by Pilkington

Four earthenware tiles with illustrations of scenes from Shakespeare, c.1800 by Minton

Salt-glazed stoneware vase with stylised jellyfish, 1899 by Martin Bros.

Salt-glazed stoneware vase, incised with designs of sea creatures, 1897 by Martin Bros. Side A

Salt-glazed vase, incised with designs of sea creatures, 1897 by Martin Bros. Side B

Salt-glazed vase, incised with designs of sea creatures, 1897 by Martin Bros. Side C

Stoneware vase in a ribbed guard shape with blue and green glazing, c.1890 by Doulton