Henry Sandon is regarded as the world authority on Worcester Porcelain and was Curator of the Dyson Perrins Museum (now the Worcester Porcelain Museum) for many years.
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Ozzie the Owl
Henry has had a great love for ceramics since his early days as an archaeologist and has a wide knowledge of pottery and porcelain of all periods and countries. Henry is the author of many books dealing with Worcester and other porcelains and he lectures frequently on the subject.
Henry has been interviewed on Desert Island Discs and has appeared on This is Your Life. In 2008, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the ceramics industry, broadcasting and for his charitable work.
In over 30 years of working with the Antiques Roadshow, there is one item (and owner) that really stands out for Henry – Ozzie the Owl! Ozzie is a slipware owl that was brought along to the Roadshow in Northampton in 1990 and made such a big impression on Henry that on his 80th birthday, Henry was presented with a cake in the shape of that very owl!
If Henry was to select the most treasured item in his collection, it would have to be the salt glazed Toby Jug made for him by Peter Meanley. Not a traditional Toby Jug, this one was made to look just like Henry himself.