Richard Champion

(1743—1791) porcelain manufacturer

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(b Bristol, 6 Nov 1743; d Camden, SC, 7 Oct 1791). English porcelain manufacturer. In the mid-1760s Champion met William Cookworthy, a fellow Quaker, who had long been developing the techniques requisite for the production of hard-paste porcelain. In 1768 Cookworthy patented his discoveries and opened a factory in his native Plymouth; Champion entered into a partnership with Cookworthy in the same year, probably in connection with the Plymouth factory but possibly in connection to an otherwise undocumented factory in Bristol. In 1770 the Plymouth factory was closed and its production transferred to Castle Green, Bristol; in 1773 Cookworthy sold his patent and his share in the Bristol factory to Champion.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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