Silhouette of Thomas Steel (1772-1850)

Derby Museums bought this silhouette at auction in September 2012.

Thomas Steel, porcelain worker

Thomas Steel was a Derby Porcelain worker who was trained by John Davenport. He moved from the Potteries in Stoke to the Nottingham Road Works in Derby in 1815. He was greatly admired for his still life painting and specialised in fruit.

He moved to Minton in 1832 where his flower designs were popular. You can see an example of one his plaques which sold at Bonhams here, and also a vase from the V&A’s collections here.  They are a bit blinging for my tastes!

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