Thomas Battam

(c. 1810—1864)

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(bc. 1810; d 1864). English painter of pottery and porcelain and the proprietor of a China decorating firm. In 1834 he began to work for Copeland, and during this period he may have developed the formula for Parian Ware. He is given credit for its invention in the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851; this may be so, but several potteries subsequently claimed credit for its invention. His firm made imitation Greek vases that are known as Battam ware.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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