Greece Poster:1948 travel poster advertised the charms of Greece to would-be holiday revelers in the postwar years. Trowbridge is known for its superior fine-art and antique prints, in elegant handmade frames. All frames are hand-finished by craftsmen, many of them echoing early Dutch, Italian and English designs. Carefully antiqued materials are used to capture the warmth of the original 17th, 18th and 19th-century prints in its fine-art reproductions.
Spode c. 1800 John and Thomas Wedgwood, uncles of the more famous Josiah, first produced the fine-grained black stoneware called basalt in the 1750s. From the 1770s, an interest in the arts of antiquity prompted Staffordshire potters to take inspiration from the pottery of classical Greece and Rome. New styles of decoration included precisely turned fluting and applied designs of classical figures. A stylish product, basalt remained in popular into the 19th century.