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.
Lucie Rie record broken for fourth time in two years as porcelain bowl takes $170,000 bid21 December 2016
The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to thrive. A new auction high for the doyenne of the British studio pottery movement was posted by Phillips in New York this month– the fourth occasion a record has been set in just two years.
Doccia porcelain dishes sell for £70,000 despite poor condition17 December 2016
A group of three Doccia porcelain dishes from c.1740-45 sold for £70,000 at a stellar sale at Cheffins in Cambridge.
Export bar issued for rare Wedgwood vase sold at Christie’s auction16 December 2016
A temporary export bar has been placed on a rare Wedgwood vase in the hope £482,500 can be raised to keep it in the UK.
Form, glaze and rarity lift Van De Velde vase at Oxford auction08 December 2016
This stoneware vase designed by Henry Van De Velde for Reinhold Hanke was sold at Mallams in Oxford earlier today for £17,000.
Vincennes porcelain jug with royal connection emerges at Bonhams01 December 2016
This French porcelain hot water jug, or ‘pot à eau’ was made at the Vincennes factory in 1754, probably for the Dauphine Maria Josepha. The mother of King Louis XVI, who was guillotined during the French Revolution, she was an important patron of Vincennes.
Top picks from the Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale at Sotheby’s23 November 2016
The late Lord & Lady Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale made a hammer total of £2.48m at Sotheby’s yesterday with all 66 lots finding buyers. The collection was formed over 50 years after the couple purchased a £3 souvenir ashtray in 1954.
Martin Brothers birds fly into Texas saleroom15 November 2016
The quirky characterful and very British art pottery created by the late 19th/early 20th century artist potters Wallace, Robert and Edwin Martin is as popular in the US as in its country of origin.
Picasso picked up near Plymouth goes to auction14 November 2016
Plymouth Auction Rooms made a surprise find on a recent visit to a remote Cornish cottage on the banks of the river Tamar. The auction firm was valuing a mixture of Cornish art and collectables at the address when it came across a Pablo Picasso vase.
The Presidential Selection: George Washington31 October 2016
In the run-up to the US election on November 8, Frances Allitt takes a look at the objects previous presidents borrowed, bought – and sometimes broke.
Wedgwood vase adds lustre to auction in Scotland20 October 2016
At just over 17in (42cm) high, the 1920s Wedgwood vase (shape 2465) is among the largest produced in the Fairyland Lustre range.
Bonhams to offer largest Coalport vase ever produced19 October 2016
Coalport porcelain, like that produced at Derby, is renowned for its quality and decoration, drawing inspiration from work produced at the celebrated Sèvres factory.
Jupiter Antiques show off affordable finds at new autumn exhibition19 October 2016
A new selling exhibition at Jupiter Antiques this weekend features a selection of the porcelain specialist’s more affordable pieces.
Daughter continues fight to keep family Chinese art collection together28 September 2016
A large collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain could be broken up and sold after a family feud among the heirs of Sir Michael Butler, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher.
Attenborough’s Pablo Picasso ceramics to go to auction16 September 2016
Lord and Lady Attenborough’s collection of Pablo Picasso ceramics will be up for auction in November at Sotheby’s in London.
Ceramic art fair in York holds plenty of northern soul08 September 2016
Forty-two ceramic artists have been chosen from 100 applicants to exhibit at the three-day Ceramic Art York event which opens tomorrow at the city’s Museum Gardens.
Sworders to offer ‘toys’ from Hugh Marsham Townshend collection24 August 2016
When in the middle of the century Suffolk collector Hugh Marsham Townshend (1878-1967) was amassing a collection of gold-mounted porcelain scent bottles and other trinkets, most were thought to be the products of the Chelsea porcelain works or a shadowy enterprise known as the ‘Girl in a Swing’ factory.
Early Hans Coper bowl bought for V&A after export ban10 August 2016
The V&A have acquired an early form by the artist-potter Hans Coper (1920-81). Made in 1955 in the studio Coper shared with Lucie Rie in Paddington, London, the large bowl was the subject of a temporary export ban in 2015 in the hope a UK buyer could be found.
Studio pottery in the limelight as works by TV’s Kate Malone come to auction12 July 2016
Studio pottery has been hogging the arts and crafts headlines for a while now. In recent years collectors have really taken this field to heart and items produced by 20th century designers such as Lucie Rie and Hans Coper have been drawing strong bids at auction.
Clarice Cliff’s rare Lucerne pattern vase emerges in Cheshire saleroom02 March 2016
The so-called Lucerne pattern, decorated in primary colours with a stylised Mediterranean chateau in a landscape, ranks among the scarcest and most desirable of all designs from Clarice Cliff’s ‘Appliqué’ range.
Moorcroft vase among antiques stolen in £7000 Shropshire theft22 February 2016
Police are investigating a raid on The Old Mill Antiques Centre in Bridgnorth, Shrophire.
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