(bapt ? 1736; d 1798). English enameller and porcelain manufacturer. In 1751 he was apprenticed at the Worcester Porcelain Company ‘to learn pot painting’, and eventually became the head of the decorating department; his apprentices included his sons Robert (1755-1832) and Humphrey (1762-1841). In 1783 the company was sold to Thomas Flight, whereupon Chamberlain left and established an independent decorating company with his son Humphrey. They began to decorate porcelain for Thomas Turner of Caughley Porcelain Factory, and by 1789 had opened a shop in Worcester High Street, where they sold high quality ‘Chamberlain's Worcester’ (see Worcester). In the early 1790s the Chamberlains began to manufacture hybrid hard-paste porcelain, and so became competitors to those whose wares they had formerly decorated.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.