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.


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Unique Pablo Picasso puppet tile offered at Paris auction

22 February 2021

The Madoura pottery founded by Suzanne and Georges Ramié in Vallauris, a village in the south of France renowned for pottery production, was a popular place for many artists in the post-war years. From 1948-55 Pablo Picasso lived in Vallauris and divided his time between painting and creating ceramics at Madoura.

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Mug celebrating George Stephenson’s Rocket steams to triple-estimate

22 February 2021

This Liverpool creamware transfer-printed frog mug was produced by the short-lived Herculaneum factory c.1830-33 just after the 1829 Rainhill Steam Trials.

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Sèvres jug and basin for ‘Mylord Bolingbroke’

15 February 2021

The auction firm Peschetau-Badin (22.5% buyer’s premium) is known for holding dedicated ceramics sales and offered a two-day auction of European ceramics.

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Second Martinware pottery jug from Ealing theft returned

11 February 2021

A face jug from the Ealing Martinware thefts has been returned – the second piece from the Ealing Council’s collection to be recovered in recent months.

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Brighton dealer Patrick Moorhead consigns 124 items to auction at Christie’s

04 February 2021

Brighton-based dealer Patrick Moorhead has consigned a group of works to Christie’s which are being offered in a single-owner online auction this month.

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Vase sets Moser ceramics record

25 January 2021

Just before the turn of the century, the Austrian artist Koloman Moser began working as a teacher at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in Vienna. He was equally proficient in painting as he was in designing jewellery, silverware or ceramics.

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George White’s Royal Doulton work at Florida auction

18 January 2021

This Royal Doulton Art Nouveau twin-handled vase will be offered in the January 26-27 Collectors Auction at Lion and Unicorn of Hollywood, Florida.

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Dealers lead online charge at The Winter Show in New York

18 January 2021

New York’s Americana-focused event and longest-running antiques fair, The Winter Show, holds its 67th edition online from January 22-31 with around 60 exhibitors taking part.

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Hit the Deck for Orientalism

18 January 2021

This Mamluk-style pottery basin decorated with a band of kufic script is in fact the creation of ‘father of art pottery’ Frenchman Theodore Deck (1823-91).

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Souvenir suitable for a Jacobite

18 January 2021

These Jacobite roundels carry the portraits of Charles Edward Stuart (1720-88) and his brother Henry Benedict Stuart (1725-1807).

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Meissen hoopoe offered in Virginia

18 January 2021

The 650-lot auction at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia, on January 30 features items from several local properties.

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Police alerted to missing collection of porcelain from Wiltshire auction house

16 January 2021

A Wiltshire auction house has alerted the trade to a missing collection of porcelain.

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Toasting a toby jug auction record as Admiral Rodney jug brings buoyant demand

11 January 2021

Bonhams has set a new record for a toby jug with this c.1785 Admiral Lord Rodney jug.

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Pick of the week: Take tea with the queen – at a twelfth the normal size

11 January 2021

A copy of the Royal Doulton dinner service commissioned in 1922 for Queen Mary’s doll’s house sold for a top-estimate £30,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Thomas Goode auction at Sotheby’s.

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Strong selling rate as market responds to abundant Wedgwood offerings

11 January 2021

A vast quantity of Wedgwood was on offer in a pair of decorative arts auctions held in Massachusetts at the end of last year.

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Ceramics and glassware: taking the market for toby jugs at face value

11 January 2021

A London auction offering ceramics fans a treat thanks to single-owner collections and a mixed array leads a look at the market as a whole

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Amphora pottery brings a touch of Bohemian Art Nouveau to Denver

11 January 2021

Amphora was the name given to the distinctive Continental pottery produced between the last decade of the 19th and the first of the 20th century in the central European Turn-Teplitz area of Bohemia by the RSt&K (Riessner Stellmaker and Kessel) factory.

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Alchin and Kenber collections of Worcester porcelain up to Scratch Cross

11 January 2021

Bonhams has a long tradition of single-owner sales devoted to noted collections of early English porcelain.

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Polito’s Menagerie doubles up at Edinburgh auction

11 January 2021

A recent sale at Franklin Browns (18% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on included one of the most ambitious and most desirable of all early 19th century Staffordshire figure groups: the 'Polito’s Menagerie of the wonderful burds and beasts from most parts of the world'.

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Picasso and Hugo partnership platters appear in first UK show

11 January 2021

Though prolific in many mediums, Pablo Picasso created silver platters in only 24 designs throughout his entire career, creating an even smaller number of pieces in gold.

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