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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New year temptations: a feast of Poole, Minton, Troika and Border ceramics on the menu

20 January 2020

It was during the Carter, Stabler and Adams period in the 1920s-30s that some of the most memorable Poole wares were produced. Much of this Art Deco range – red earthenwares covered in a white slip and a semi-matt-glaze before decoration in a variety of Jazz Age patterns – was based on the work of chief designer Truda Carter.

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Picasso ceramic design comes to Florida

20 January 2020

This 14in (35cm) earthenware ‘face’ charger made by Madoura to a design by Pablo Picasso carries an estimate of $2000-3000 at Neely Auction in Lantana, Florida, on February 16.

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Liverpool creamware jugs reflect taste of the American market

20 January 2020

The two-day sale at Case Antiques of Knoxville, Tennessee, on January 25-26 includes a number of Liverpool creamware jugs depicting a range of subject matter.

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Chelsea porcelain dishes appear in New Jersey sale

20 January 2020

On January 30, Millea Bros of Boonton, New Jersey, will offer more than 400 lots of English and American furniture and decorative arts from the estate of Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Seeler (1926-2018).

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Royal Worcester ewer offered in Dania Beach auction

20 January 2020

This 13in (32cm) Royal Worcester ewer decorated with owls by Charles Baldwyn (1859-1913) carries an estimate of $950-1050 at Broward Auction Gallery in Dania Beach, Florida.

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Sèvres flower vase offered at Bonhams Los Angeles

20 January 2020

The Homes & Interiors sale at Bonhams Los Angeles on February 3 includes this Sèvres flower vase or Cuvette à Fleurs Courteille, measuring 10¼in (26cm) wide, estimated at $4000-6000.

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The web shop window: George Jones majolica 'kingfisher' dish

20 January 2020

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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US in the spotlight: Winter Show, Master Drawings and ceramics fair coming up

13 January 2020

In late January, New York hosts a clutch of high-calibre dealer events coinciding with the major auctions.

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New York Antique Ceramics Fair offers transatlantic treats

13 January 2020

A creamware American-market jug probably made in Liverpool, c.1800, is offered by Pennsylvania dealership Earle D Vandekar of Knightsbridge at the New York Antique Ceramics Fair.

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Versailles steps in for Sabine cast

13 January 2020

Palace uses power of pre-emption to buy cast of Giambologna’s seminal sculpture at auction.

Obituary: Porcelain restorer Ian Norman

13 January 2020

I knew Ian Norman (formerly of Porcelain Repairs) for over 35 years. He was a master craftsman of repairing antique porcelain.

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ATG letter: Give these skilled tile artists a big hand

06 January 2020

MADAM – Having read the article ‘Job lots with specific draw’ on page 29 of ATG No 2422, I was a bit put out to read the description of the Clement Heaton-attributed tiles.

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Royal Copenhagen in Newcastle

23 December 2019

This 12½in (31cm) Royal Copenhagen blanc de chine vase offered by Newcastle’s Anderson & Garland (22% buyer’s premium) on December 5 has an underglaze ‘three waves’ mark dating to c.1870-90.

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Cocteau ceramics price pushes the goat out

23 December 2019

In the 130th anniversary year of the birth of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), a collection of ceramics by the leading figure of the French avant-garde was a sell-out at Bonhams’ Prints and Multiples sale on December 11-12.

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Rare and early white porcelain sculpture from Chelsea factory bought by V&A museum

20 December 2019

A white porcelain sculpture made in the experimental years of the Chelsea factory has been acquired for the national collection of ceramics at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Vincennes rarity in Norfolk

16 December 2019

Although catalogued as Sèvres, a porcelain cup and saucer sold by Keys (20% buyer’s premium) of Aylsham for an unexpected £5500 (estimate £100-200) on November 27 was by the factory’s precursor at Vincennes. The saucer had the date letter A for c.1754 and the cup B for c.1755.

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Restoring pride in Rockingham

16 December 2019

Preview held in imposing stately home helps to boost interest ahead of first sale section.

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Job lots of tiles with specific draw

16 December 2019

Two mixed lots of Victorian dust-pressed tiles sold for multi-estimate sums at Mander (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Sudbury on November 30. Key to their appeal were the inclusion of near sets of tiles made by Minton Hollins & Co to designs by Arts & Crafts luminaries.

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Staffs figures in fresh focus

16 December 2019

In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Staffordshire Figure Association (SFA) in 2020, its 60 members worldwide are, for the first time, receiving a wall calendar.

Hans Coper 'Cycladic' vessel

17th century silver candlesticks, Louis Vuitton trunk and a Hans Coper vase – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

13 December 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Hans Coper 'Cycladic' vessel and a Louis Vuitton Explorer trunk that both sold above predictions.

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