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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Plea for help to trace missing Lucie Rie ceramics

21 October 2021

A group of Lucie Rie (1902-95) ceramics bought at auction in 1997 has been stolen from a home in north London.

Bernard Leach dish

British studio ceramics feature in US collection coming to auction

18 October 2021

The studio pottery collection of the late US dealer Dr John Driscoll will be offered at Phillips in conjunction with specialist Maak.

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Auction full of West Country wonders

18 October 2021

Including seafaring, tin, copper, studio potteries and fishing, a Penzance sale covered just about everything from the region bar pasties.

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Maiolica dish makes £1.04m impact at auction

11 October 2021

An extremely rare and early Italian maiolica dish, discovered broken in pieces in a drawer, was hammered down at just over £1m at Lyon & Turnbull.

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ATG letter: Derby vases at the double

11 October 2021

With reference to the article headed ‘Derby duo ready for research’ in Auction Reports, ATG No 2509, referral to WD John’s William Billingsley 1758-1828 (1968) would seem to resolve the matter as to the artist and the lack of a Derby factory mark.

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Super English delftware selection sells stateside

11 October 2021

Adam and Eve charger takes top price in collection amassed by American couple

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Tiles speciality creates a hive of activity

11 October 2021

Anita Morgan, co-owner of The Hive in Cambridge, is an antique tile specialist and stands at the small annual niche tile fair in Nottingham organised by the Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS), which was held this year on October 2.

Will Farmer

Clarice Cliff film role for Antiques Roadshow auctioneer

04 October 2021

Auctioneer Will Farmer will move from the small to the big screen this autumn when he appears in a new feature film on the life of Clarice Cliff.

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West Country wonders return to Albert Amor

04 October 2021

One of the largest selling exhibitions in recent years of 18th century Plymouth and Bristol porcelain is under way at London gallery Albert Amor in Bury Street.

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Classic country house offering brings spectacular selection of lots

04 October 2021

Irish castle home of earls about to be turned into hotel and spa furnishes a remarkable sale

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Cocteau ram butts into Bonhams

04 October 2021

On October 21 Bonhams will be holding a sale in its newly opened Paris saleroom devoted to works by the poet, writer, filmmaker and artist Jean Cocteau (1889- 1963) featuring graphic works, sculpture and ceramics.

Antarctic Expedition memorial plaque

Rare piece of Polar memorabilia flies above estimate at Ipswich auction

01 October 2021

A fine lot of Polar memorabilia surfaced at Lockdales in Ipswich. It came by descent from William Lashly (1867-1940), chief stoker during the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to Antartica in 1911-12.

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Brueghel’s ‘own view’ of everyday Dutch rural life

27 September 2021

Numerous international bidders set their sights on a tondo by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638).

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Scandal and sedition in ceramics

27 September 2021

Salisbury sale offered commemorative ceramics from single-owner collection

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If life gets you down a cup of tea always helps

27 September 2021

While Americans demonstrated by throwing tea into the harbour, the British registered complaints by putting the leaves into suitably decorated teapots.

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White gloves for Oppenheimer sale of Meissen porcelain at Sotheby’s

20 September 2021

Every lot of a collection of Meissen porcelain, restituted earlier this year to the heirs of Dr Franz Oppenheimer, was sold in a recent US sale.

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Belleek porcelain beckons bidders from all over the world

20 September 2021

A collection of Belleek porcelain totalled £7600 at Cuttlestones (20% buyer’s premium) on July 21.

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Desirable davenport discovered in Ilkley auction

20 September 2021

Few furniture forms suffered a bigger crash in prices than the davenport.

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A harvest jug festival: new book is first of its kind

20 September 2021

The first dedicated published study on the harvest jug tradition of North Devon and the West Country goes on sale this September.

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Drinking a toast to the Bonnie Prince – in an English teapot

13 September 2021

The sale of the collection of Robin Simpson (1940-2020) was celebration of British commemorative ceramics.

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