Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture: Image Collections

The image collection provides researchers access to notable decorative arts and material culture objects.

Longridge Collection (ceramics)

Dish, attributed to Samuel Malkin, 1730 (Longridge Collection)
Dish, attributed to Samuel Malkin, 1730 (Longridge Collection)

The Longridge Ceramics Collection has been called “the finest private collection of British delft and slipware in the world.” Over 500 ceramic objects are presented here, with photographs of full views and selected details, accompanied by short descriptive entries. In addition, each entry has a link to fuller information contained in “The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware,” a 2-volume print catalogue written by Leslie B. Grigsby, with contributions by Michael Archer, Margaret Macfarlane, and Jonathan Horne (London: Jonathan Horne Publications, copyright 2000).

Full text of the catalogue, including timelines, introductory essays, bibliography, and complete scholarly documentation of the objects, is available online:

HINT: The “Longridge No.” link in the Is Part Of field may be used to retrieve all images associated with that object.

North Carolina Earthenware Collection (ceramics)


North Carolina Earthenware is a searchable digital collection of approximately 600 ceramic works created by Moravian potters in North Carolina in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Pieces include slip decorated dishes and other tableware, sculptural bottle forms, and fragmentary remains recovered from North Carolina pottery sites. Under the auspices of the Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the Chipstone Foundation, and the Caxambas Foundation, the pieces were consolidated from a variety of public and private collections and displayed in a 2010-13 traveling exhibition entitled “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware.” Images and descriptive catalogue entries created by Luke Beckerdite perpetuate and expand on that exhibit content. For additional essays about this remarkable regional tradition, see the 2009 and 2010 volumes of the annual journal “Ceramics in America.” Views of the exhibition installation can be seen on the Chipstone Foundation website.