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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Vincennes candleholders spark hot contest in Gloucestershire saleroom

10 June 2024

Pair of rare and early French examples offered separately create a bidding frenzy despite condition issues

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Ottoman tile packs in power of tiger and leopard

10 June 2024

This large 12in (30cm) hexagonal painted fritware tile from 16th century Damascus is decorated with one of the most recognisable Ottoman decorative motifs - the çintamani pattern.

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Well-known Sèvres service depicting dashing warriors delights bidders in Massachusetts

10 June 2024

A set of 10 plates from a well-documented Sèvres service from the July Monarchy period emerged for sale at Tremont Auctions (27% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury, Massachusetts, on June 2.

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Meissen freemasons rub shoulders with Lowestoft musicians in Essex

10 June 2024

The most desirable element of a collection of 18th century white-glazed porcelain figures offered by Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Colchester was the Meissen group known as Two Freemasons.

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Meissen designer Kaendler in his element

10 June 2024

Among the most recognisable output of the Meissen factory are the ‘Elements’ ewers, the set of four emblematic of Earth, Air, Water and Fire that were designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler in 1741.

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Newbury sale features collection of well known interior designer, art dealer and collector

03 June 2024

Count Manfredi Della Gherardesca 's collection offers old and new mix of more than 400 varied lots

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Amphora owl has a hoot at $13,000

03 June 2024

This large porcelain lamp modelled as an owl perched on the capital of a corinthian column dates from the golden era of the Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel factory – better known as Amphora.

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Firm follows ‘curious byways’

03 June 2024

Latest focus at London dealership is on the homeworkers who bought blanks to embellish with enamel

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Super Bowl founder’s Limoges plaques fly to 34 times estimate in Florida auction

29 May 2024

An exceptional pair of 16th century Limoges enamels attracted remarkable interest after emerging for sale in Florida.

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Auction firms team up for ceramics sale

27 May 2024

Dreweatts and Christie’s will jointly sell the Stanley Goldfein collection of ceramics across two sales this year.

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Wedgwood teapot is among five lots to watch

27 May 2024

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week

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Previews: issue 2645

27 May 2024

Our selection of lots from 13 upcoming auctions

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Sotheby’s announces details of latest summer show

24 May 2024

Sotheby’s is hosting an exhibition in London this summer featuring 12 works loaned from museums. All the works are by artists who were born overseas but passed through or settled in the UK permanently.

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Merkle and his Meissen collecting mission

20 May 2024

Focus on first part of a series of porcelain sales offering businessman’s collection

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Showpiece collection of British ceramics comes from Australia

20 May 2024

Australian pharmaceutical chemist Robert Francis Burke started building his collection of Chelsea and Worcester porcelain in the 1970s, long before the days of the internet.

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British studio pottery features among TEFAF New York sales

16 May 2024

Lucie Rie and other Modern masters delight buyers at recent fair

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Single-owner Nelson obsession

13 May 2024

A collection of Nelson commemoratives amassed over 30 years includes pieces once owned by the man himself

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Group of prime period De Morgan tiles take close to six-figure sum at auction

29 April 2024

The Art & Design post 1880 sale at Duke’s in Dorchester on April 25 included 44 lots of William De Morgan tiles consigned by descendants of Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930), Earl of Balfour and prime minister from 1902-05. He is understood to have bought them directly from De Morgan in Fulham.

Blue plaque for Clarice Cliff

News in brief including a blue plaque for ceramicist Clarice Cliff

29 April 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a blue plaque adorning the Shelton home of ceramicist Clarice Cliff.

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Up with the revolution (for porcelain)

29 April 2024

Russian porcelain is still in demand, especially those early Soviet-era pieces from the years following the Revolution.

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