Geoffrey Godden’s Reference Collection to go under the gavel

An example of Geoffrey Godden's reference collection

Lots 1401 to 1421 in our June auction of British and Continental Ceramics and Glass were consigned by the celebrated Sussex ceramics historian, the late Geoffrey Godden (1929-2016). Geoffrey was a keen supporter of Toovey’s and a friend to many of us here over the years.

For more than fifty years he made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the specialist field of British pottery and porcelain. Among his many publications is the Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, which was first published in 1964 and remains in print today.

Geoffrey Godden remained inquisitive to the end of his days. When I interviewed him for an article in January this year, I asked him what advice he would offer to ceramic collectors and historians. He replied with his usual enthusiasm: “You have to handle and view pieces closely – possession is almost vital to understanding.”

The opportunity to handle and own pieces from Geoffrey Godden’s reference collection comes at Toovey’s specialist auction of British and European Ceramics at 1.00 pm on Thursday 16th June 2016. For more information and to preview these lots, go to or telephone 01903 891955.