Documents associated with: collecting, porcelain
Record 2 of 9
System Number: 12292
Date: 24 February 1864
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Recipient: James Anderson Rose
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection
Document Type: ALS
24 Feb / 64
16, CHEYNE WALK
My dear Rose
Did I hear you say something about going to Holland? And if so, when? I want to go some day as soon as I can, for blue china, but do not hint a word to Whistler. Since I lately bought all in a lump that gorgeous collection, I pant & gasp for more; and if I am right in thinking I heard you talk of going to Holland, I would try to go with you.
Yours ever Sincerely,
D G Rossetti
[p. 3] When shall we sign & seal for the Plint estate?
See Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ed. William E. Fredeman. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 2002- , vol. 3, 64.19.
4. blue china
JW had been to Holland buying blue and white oriental china in August 1863 (#09333) and paid another brief visit there in January 1864 (see #11108, #01948). JW certainly admired Rossetti's collection and had borrowed oriental rugs from him (see #09393). This letter makes it clear there was a strong element of competition in their collecting. According to Fredeman, the 'gorgeous collection' he refers to is probably that of Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more].
Thomas Edward Plint (1823-1861), stockbroker and collector.