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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - July 16, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Profile of Egidio Dorset s a antique Man is As fascinating As his rare Art China and Antiques by Mare Hen Skinner Dorset. Hat Art dealer who wished to make his Mark would in his right mind choose Dorset hollow As his Headquarters a town of a dear hearts and gentle people Isnit exactly where one would expect to make a killing in Art treasures. But that a exactly what Egidio l. Moresi has elected to do. Its not surprising that most Dorsters Are unaware that their neighbor is recognized far beyond the rim of their mountains As one of new England a Foremost Art dealers. Egidio As Dorset and everyone else Calls him has achieved this recognition after nearly a half Century in town through a business that Dorset casually refers to As a leg idiot a antique however Egidio a Active business is concealed beneath a quiet method of doing business in his Home. He does no to advertise. His name is rarely in the paper. More by word of Mouth or perhaps the flight of Birds does word of his treasures spread. If Egidio a modest clapboard Home a bit in need of paint does no to give the impression of this thriving Enterprise All doubts Are dispelled inside. It does no to seem to matter that his door Bell wont ring or that his Mare Hen Skinner the Bennington banners Dorset correspondent is a neighbor of Egidio a in Dorset hollow. Vol wet Summe sign is propped casually against the Gate. The Deer after feasting All Winter on his Yew have made them More Moth eaten than ornamental. Actually an increasing number of visitors do ask where they can find a that antique they know his Fame if not his name. And yet he a not an antique dealer really. He does collect old things to be sure and Sells them. There the similarity stops. Egidio deals Only with Choice and rare varieties of China such As Whieldon pottery named for its maker Thomas who in the Early 1700s was credited with developing coloured glazes of variegated wares and natural forms such As cauliflower and pineapples. He deals in English Salt Glaze a soft paste made in the 1700s of a characteristic greyish color and Light in weight. Many journeys have been made to seek out Egidio a chinese Export porcelain English Lowestoft to the uninitiated. The collection a his weakness he says a has left Many a Strong woman with a weakened Bank account. Even As Early As 1702 this China was mostly highly prize. Every Home in the 1700s that could afford it was proudly set with chinese Export. Alice Winchester editor of Antiques Magazine writes in her Book a How to know american Antiques that chinese Export porcelain is the generic name for a Ware made in quantities in China Egidio l. In the 1700s and 1800s for Export to Europe and America. Decorated to special order after designs sent out from the occident its not representative of chinese work made for the chinese. Hand painted the designs were of eagles monograms ships Floral designs and Royal or Noble Coats of arms. Today the armorial and presentation pieces Are most prize by collectors. The Ware was made in Complete Tea and dinner services Punchbowl or pitchers and is of hard paste porcelain with a cold White or greyish color. After the revolution a when american Trade with China began this porcelain was a major import and great quantities were brought Here. In the latter 1800s a mistaken notion became spread about that this Ware had been made not in China but in the English town of Lowestoft and the porcelain became known As Lowestoft or Oriental Lowestoft. The Misnomer has been hard to Correct and the China is still widely called Lowestoft. Throughout Egidio a first floor rooms where he works lives and entertains the Success of his searches May be round. Profusely yet casually they rest on table shelf Mantle and Walls As their makers had intended them. On Egidio a Walls Are 18thcentury oils executed by artists whose names May be unfamiliar. His rooms Are furnished with Many one of a kind pieces of antique furniture and Choice Art ceramics. His acquisitions in perfect condition Are of such rarity and Beauty they might be considered r Iii Hasi orc Sieg id i o s co ref id cat. July 16, 1966 one of Egidio s rarities a three foot carved Pine Eagle. Worthy of exhibit in the smithsonian or metropolitan. Their Price tags confirm this judgment. Egidio a clients Are private collectors whose purses suit their tastes representatives from museums on the prowl or even other dealers. Whether purchased for heirlooms or investment Egidio says his items generally become display objects in Homes. His paintings of pastoral scenes or the portraits of lordly ladies and Noble children their Virtues painted As brightly As their elegant costumes Grace Walls of wealthy new York apartments. His Tea cups of chinese Export sit in state in Corner cupboards or Are featured on Mantle pieces. But its another question which is More fascinating Egidio or his collection. Each contributes to the other. To the unknowing his collection might go overlooked until he a asked a what is it a this brings them to life As Egidio tells their Story. Soon the

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