Kitchenalia

Practically anything involved in cooking or food preparation, from cast iron cauldrons to copper or creamware jelly moulds, can fall into the category of kitchenalia.

As many pieces have now been superseded by modern, power-driven equipment, antique or vintage items such as ribbed wooden butter pats, copper kettles, pierced ladles to skim cream, kitchen scales or flat irons, are also prized for their decorative appeal.

Some examples also cross over into the category of folk art.


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Eye on an Object: a 17th century spice cabinet

12 February 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

Maltese silver coffee pot

Maltese silver coffee pot shines at auction

01 February 2024

An exceptional Maltese silver coffee pot took six-times estimate at auction.

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A corking vernacular selection on offer in South Yorkshire saleroom

15 January 2024

A large collection of corkscrews and all things vernacular were major features of the two-day sale held by Wilkinson’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Doncaster.

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An auction format that proved to be the right time, right place

18 September 2023

Specialist Bleasdale says his sewing antiques and Tunbridgeware timed online sales are working out well

Caroline Tremlett

Interview: A collector happy not to break the mould

26 June 2023

Caroline Tremlett is a marketing and business development consultant and collects antique and vintage jelly moulds

Edward IV bronze measure

‘Earliest standard measure’ is the weigh to go

22 May 2023

The Oak Interior sale at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket on June 1-2 includes this ‘important and exceptional’ Edward IV bronze measure.

Jelly mould

No market wobble here as jelly mould sets new auction record

10 April 2023

This rare Victorian copper jelly mould shaped as a tortoise or turtle on rockwork sold for a remarkable £2000 at Brighton & Hove Auctions.

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The web shop window: 18th century cheese mould

06 February 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

Maltese coffee pot

Maltese coffee pot at Salisbury auction shows appeal of island life

30 January 2023

Italianate coffee pots and covered sugar basins are the most recognisable domestic forms in Maltese silver. And they are much coveted.

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European items abound in big collection

09 January 2023

On January 15-16 Andrew Jones in Los Angeles will offer over 550 lots of paintings, furniture and works of art comprising the collection of Jack and Ellen Phillips of California.

John Reckless

Collector Interview: Book written for the grater good

03 October 2022

A wider interest in kitchen-related antiques sparked a specialist collection

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Collector Interview: I am just nuts about nutcrackers

26 September 2022

Nutcracker collector and author aims to open a museum in his home country.

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Victorian kettle modelled as a curling stone doubles estimate in Edinburgh

05 September 2022

Nineteenth and early 20th century novelty silver continues to be one of the strengths of the collecting category.

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The web shop window: Welsh sycamore mortar from c.1800

29 August 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Treen that’s all it’s cracked up to be

25 April 2022

A Queen Anne treen nutcracker proved popular at auction.

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Heaven and earth: toilet invention influences

28 February 2022

During the Victorian era the Rev Henry Moule (1801-80) of Fordington in Dorset was doubtless considered something of a zealot.

Maltese coffee pot

Pick of the week: Maltese silver survivors on way home

01 November 2021

Maltese silver pieces auctioned in the UK return to the Mediterranean island.

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Drinking a toast to the Bonnie Prince – in an English teapot

13 September 2021

The sale of the collection of Robin Simpson (1940-2020) was celebration of British commemorative ceramics.

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George I coffee pot comes to Maine auction

16 August 2021

Thomaston Place is holding one of its extensive multi-discipline summer sale over three days from August 27-29 featuring a wide mix of American, European and Asian paintings, furnishings and objects.

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Corkscrew is big catch at The Game Fair

21 June 2021

This silver salmon corkscrew, hallmarked Chester 1914, can be found in LAPADA’s dedicated pavilion at The Game Fair.

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