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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‘One of the best Wedgwood collections in private hands’

30 January 2023

Freeman’s in Philaldephia is selling the far-reaching Ellis and Suzanne Rubin collection of Wedgwood across a number of sales.

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Top stories this week – including news of Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon selling his private collection

29 January 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of ceramics specialist Henry Sandon offering his private collection at Chorley’s auction house in April.

Henry Sandon

Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon to sell private collection at auction

24 January 2023

Ceramics specialist Henry Sandon (b.1928) will offer his private collection at auction at Chorley’s in April.

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Obituary: Ceramics dealer and Shakespearean actor Michael Graham

16 January 2023

It’s with regret that I report that Michael Graham, the well-known partner in the long-established firm, Graham & Oxley, died on November 25.

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Nymphenburg factory dishes up a high sum

16 January 2023

What is very probably a new record for the Nymphenburg porcelain factory was set at the 500 Years of European Ceramics sale at Bonhams (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) on December 7.

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Pick of the week: Huge jug from 1835 bigs up London china dealer

09 January 2023

This monumental and documentary Staffordshire blue and white transfer printed jug sold for $4800 (£4000) as part of Bonhams Skinner’s sale of British pottery and porcelain that ran online from Marlborough, Massachusetts, in the last days of 2022.

Charles II mug

Flea market find depicting Charles II takes five-figure sum at auction

09 January 2023

Found at a flea market, this tin-glazed earthenware mug sold for £12,000 (plus 19.5% buyer’s premium) at Claydon Auctioneers.

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A William & Mary delft plate is among six lots to watch

09 January 2023

With estimates from £20, here are six previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Cabinet plates designed by Dresser make over five times estimate at Bonhams Skinner

09 January 2023

A set of eight Minton Aesthetic movement bone cabinet plates topped the Bonhams Skinner (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale of British pottery and porcelain that ran online from Marlborough, Massachusetts, in the last days of 2022.

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Stiff competition at Suffolk sales indicates strength of Staffordshire pottery market

09 January 2023

Collectors of Staffordshire have noted a number of higher prices of late and further evidence of a more active market came when a pair of Victorian Staffordshire flatback figures was offered by Lacy, Scott & Knight (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Silver pineapple serves a different role

09 January 2023

A late 19th century novelty silver teapot offered at Halls (22% buyer’s premium) was made by US silversmith Gorham of Rhode Island.

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Early delftware serves up wine bottles

09 January 2023

More than 80 lots of early English and Dutch delftware are included in the collection of scholar, collector and author Margaret Berwind Schiffer to be offered on January 18 by Pook & Pook in Pennsylvania.

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Bijouterie shines and ceramics surprise in west London saleroom

09 January 2023

Eye-catching bijouterie attracted international buyers to Olympia Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) 320-lot European Works of Art sale.

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Flower power as Martinware, Amphora and Daum lead auction of single owner collection

09 January 2023

Edward and Marilyn Flower embraced a huge variety of collecting enthusiasms.

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Hans Coper on the hour

02 January 2023

Long before the auction in Krefeld began, it was clear that the price for a vase by Hans Coper would be way higher than the estimate of €8000.

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Services surface from a country house

02 January 2023

Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) ‘part II’ sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at the end of last year included Chinese export porcelain from ‘the china store of a Somerset country house’.

Meissen vases

Auction record for Meissen vases

21 December 2022

A new record for a pair of Meissen porcelain vases was set by a previously unrecorded example offered at Bonhams.

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Sixteen lots from renowned Transitional porcelain collection reunited after Hong Kong sale

19 December 2022

Sir Michael Butler (1927-2013) was part of that post-war generation of ‘gentlemen in the professions’ who chose collecting as their primary leisure activity.

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Single-owner collection offers sizeable showcase of Lérat couple’s ceramics

12 December 2022

Jean (1913-92) and Jacqueline (1920- 2009) Lérat were artist ceramicists based in central France.

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ATG letter: It is such a pity that these Troika moulds are now separated

12 December 2022

The collection of the original Troika moulds, referenced in ATG No 2564, failed to find a buyer in our monthly auction in October.

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