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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Registered bidders at London studio ceramics sale come from wide array of countries

02 December 2019

Two November sales underlined the current strength of the field of British studio pottery.

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Studio ceramics sale gets to the art of the matter

02 December 2019

Specialist Philip Smith, head of the 20th Century & Modern British Art departments at the London outlet of Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium), believes studio ceramics should be classed as art.

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Worcester wonders go to new homes after dealer event

25 November 2019

A small Worcester mug painted with a rare blue and white pattern, c.1752-53, was among the stand-out sales during Jupiter Antiques’ latest exhibition, where it was offered for a price in the region of £4000.

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Iznik does it during London Art Week – collectors in focus at latest London gallery event

25 November 2019

Tile formerly in the huge Baudry collection is one of the London gallery show highlights

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Starr's encaustic-ware amphora back on market a decade later

25 November 2019

A more recent purchase for the Starrs was this late-18th century, 10¼in (26cm) high, black basalt two handled amphora, from the section of encaustic-decorated wares that were inspired by classical attic vases.

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Henry Arnhold’s sale led by Meissen blue and white saucer dish at Sotheby's

25 November 2019

The most expensive piece in Sotheby’s Arnhold sale was a lot that made a dramatic increase on its $4000-6000 estimate. This 7½in (19.5cm) diameter blue and white saucer dish (below) was an early example of blue and white Meissen from c.1721-22 that had Japanese Palace inventory marks.

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Single sources boost traditional ceramics

25 November 2019

High selling rates at two American salerooms show how the market can absorb traditional ceramics in volume when estimates are realistic

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Bidders sniff out early scent bottles at New York sales

25 November 2019

Early-18th century porcelain scent bottles from Chelsea and the St James’s factory have been the object of increasing interest and value in recent years. Some high-flying examples emerged in the sales in New York.

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Rare Staffordshire figure group bid to $19,000 at Stair Galleries

25 November 2019

Another of the highest prices in the Stair Galleries’ sale of a New York ceramics collection came for this Staffordshire rarity.

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Range of Wedgwood creamware sold at Stair auction

25 November 2019

Plenty of affordable Wedgwood from all eras was available in the Stair sale.

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Bow blue and white pot from c.1750 exceeds estimate at Starr sale

25 November 2019

After their intitial interest in Wedgwood, the Starrs went on to collect other examples of early English porcelain, some of which was keenly pursued in Sotheby’s sale.

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Sèvres vase at Trevanion & Dean was ‘gift from French king’

25 November 2019

An impressive 23in (58cm) tall Sèvres vase offered by Shropshire auction house Trevanion & Dean (20% buyer’s premium) had a lot going for it historically but a considerable amount of condition problems.

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Starrs collection boosted by George Owen pieces for Royal Worcester

25 November 2019

The Starrs collection at Sotheby’s featured 25 reticulated vases or decorative objects produced by George Owen for Royal Worcester, most them purchased at auction in the early 1980s.

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Bow figures from a New York collector

25 November 2019

The large collection of predominantly English ceramics offered by Stair Galleries from a New York collector included examples of 18th century porcelain from many of the major English factories.

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Bernhard Hoetger's 'light and shadow' ceramic figure emerges at German sale

18 November 2019

After training in Düsseldorf and Paris, where he had met Rodin and Maillol, both of whom had a major influence on his work, the German sculptor, painter and architect Bernhard Hoetger (1874-1949) joined the artists’ colony in Darmstadt in 1911.

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Star decorators from Desire Leroy to Joseph Bailey

18 November 2019

The talented Sèvres factory decorator Desire Leroy (1840-1908) came to the United Kingdom in 1878 to take up an appointment at Minton in Staffordshire. However, he is perhaps best known for his work at the Royal Crown Derby where he worked from 1890, aged 50, until his death in 1908.

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Rococo couple by Höchst in autumn glory

18 November 2019

The first incarnation of the porcelain factory in Höchst near Frankfurt existed for exactly half a century. It was founded in 1746, making it the second-oldest producer of porcelain in Germany after Meissen.

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Beastly Beswick rarities in demand

18 November 2019

In the resilient Beswick market, collectors paid high prices for some rarities – even modern prototypes – at autumn sales.

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Cocteau's mythological ceramics appear at Bonhams auction

12 November 2019

The largest collection of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) ceramics ever to go under the hammer is offered at Bonhams next month.

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Royal Crown Derby vases, Treen model ship, Georgian longcase clock – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

08 November 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a pair of Royal Crown Derby vases making over 20-times estimate and a Georgian longcase clock fetching over 15-times estimate.

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