Ceramics

Ceramics are among the most frequently collected antiques. Items made from earthernware (pottery) or porcelain (hard or soft paste) can serve functional roles such as tablewares, serving implements, vases and jugs or as ornaments, especially figures.

They usually have some form of decoration, either painted or transfer-printed, that is covered in transparent or coloured glaze. Ceramics are often catalogued by the name of their manufacturer or factory such as Meissen, Worcester, Doulton, Wedgwood and Sèvres.


Vase used as a table

'Lost' bronze vase discovered as table base in Oklahoma

13 May 2021

A previously lost bronze and ormolu vase designed and commissioned by Thomas Hope (1769–1831) has been discovered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it had been converted into a table base.

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Obituary: Victoria de Rin (1931-2020)

10 May 2021

At the end of last year the antiques business lost one of its expert dealers, Victoria de Rin, a leading light in the world of collectables, who specialised in Wemyss Ware. Sadly she passed away on December 12, 2020.

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Pail sale: more from 'Breadboard Annie' Marchant kitchenalia collection

10 May 2021

The Annie Marchant (‘Breadboard Annie’) collection of domestic and country antiques offered in Kent on April 12-13 produced many strong prices.

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Brangwyn the bachelor boy

10 May 2021

From 1932-34 Clarice Cliff was the art director for a project involving nearly 30 artists of the day to promote good design on tableware.

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Chelsea teapot takes £14,000 bid

03 May 2021

This unmarked teapot and cover, offered by Dreweatts, dates from the first decade of porcelain production at the Chelsea factory.

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Rare $2m Meissen collection restituted to Jewish family comes to market in New York this autumn

28 April 2021

A collection of Meissen porcelain assembled by the Oppenheimer family and recently restituted to their heirs is coming to auction this September.

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Beatrix Potter pottery by Grimwade’s

26 April 2021

Not to be confused with the modern Peter Rabbit series by Wedgwood, much scarcer teawares were made by the Grimwade’s factory in the 1920s.

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The web shop window: George Tinworth mouse

26 April 2021

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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Tudor connection chewed over

26 April 2021

Armorial head linked to the palaces of Henry VIII when he was married to Anne Boleyn.

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John Cowburn’s Liverpool jug now worth £7400

19 April 2021

A documentary 18th century blue and white porcelain jug emerged for sale at an auction held by Warren & Wignall in Leyland, Lancashire.

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Pick of the week: Milking the sale of ‘Breadboard Annie’ collection

19 April 2021

The mouthwatering kitchenalia collection of Annie Marchant (1951-2020) certainly served up a treat when it came to auction on April 12-13.

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Meissen makes sizeable impact

19 April 2021

Second slice from Ducret collection plus other sources achieve high prices in Zurich

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Bailey design brings big price for Aynsley service

19 April 2021

The best known of the decorators who worked at Aynsley in the 20th century is the flower painter Joseph A Bailey.

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Meissen blog relaunched

19 April 2021

Dealer Lawrence Mitchell has repurposed his blog, themeissenman.com, to help collectors and salerooms distinguish between authentic and imitation pieces.

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The £15,000 delft puzzle solved

12 April 2021

This particular form of English delft puzzle jug, with its distinctive knopped neck, seems to be peculiar to the second half of the 17th century.

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Collection comes to Munich auction after royal family avoided the Nazis then fled Soviets

12 April 2021

Sometimes there is no need for hyperbole: the story behind the auction on March 15 at Neumeister (27% buyer’s premium) in Munich was quite remarkable in itself.

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Maria van Oosterwyck still life brings major international bidding in France

05 April 2021

Woman excluded from the guild of artists was nevertheless highly rated by kings and emperor

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Rare Swansea porcelain all white to buy

05 April 2021

Experiments with porcelain at the Swansea factory began in 1814 with the arrival of William Billingsley and Samuel Walker from the Nantgarw China Works.

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Famous females rejected by one empress, given as gift by another

05 April 2021

A Sèvres cabaret service painted with portraits of famous women was a New Year’s gift from a French empress

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Toby jugs based on First World War top brass raise heads in US auction

05 April 2021

This set of 11 toby jugs modelled as the Allied commanders of the First World War made by Wilkinson will be offered at Skinner in Massachusetts from April 12-22.

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