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‘Frank Thrower and Dartington Glass’ Mark Hill (from BBC’s “The Antiques Road Show”) Tuesday 12 June 2018

Frank Thrower was one of the most prolific and successful glass designers of the late 20th century.  From the inception of Dartington Glass in 1967, he provided the creative and marketing drive that contributed to the company’s considerable success.  As sole designer for over 20 years, he produced over 700 innovative and popular designs.  This lecture looks at the history of the company, Frank’s life, and the major phases of, and the influences behind, his well-known designs.  

Mark Hill - In 1996, he joined Bonhams as a porter, and then became a Junior Cataloguer in their Collectors Department. He moved on to join Sotheby's in London as a Specialist in their Collectors Department.

He has contributed to DK Collectables Price Guide (by Judith Miller) and has been co-author of the annual Miller's Collectables Price Guide from 2009 to 2014. He has also contributed to a number of other titles in association with Miller including Buy, Keep or Sell? for the Reader's Digest, Decorative Arts and DK Collectors' Guide: 20thC Glass.[

In 2006, he founded his own publishing company, Mark Hill Publishing Ltd, specialising in producing books on new and developing areas in 20th century design.

He is the antiques columnist for the Daily Mail, and has lectured widely, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is also a member of the vetting committees for a number of major international fairs, including the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair and the British Antiques Dealers' Association's annual fair. He is also a co-founder of Antiques Young Guns, a website and internet-based association that promotes young people working in the Antiques Trade. In 2010, he fronted National Antiques Week, organised by Antiques Are Green. In 2014 he rediscovered the copper etching plates for a series of etchings by Pierre-Georges Jeanniot inspired by Francisco Goya and Jacques Callot and covering The Rape of Belgium, which he restored and published after they were banned in 1915 and subsequently lost.