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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Stylish Lenci skyscraper lady is on top of the auction world after £34,000 bid

07 October 2019

The stylish Art Deco pottery figures for which Ars Lenci became celebrated were first shown at the Turin international exhibition in 1928.

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Lonitz owls lead belter of a sale

30 September 2019

Although the Hugo Lonitz factory produced a range of domestic tablewares and small collectables, it is best known for its naturalistic majolica groups, particularly animal and bird examples modelled in lifelike size and detail.

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Buyers vote for political mementos

30 September 2019

Turbulent as politics are today, they have yet to reach the rumbustious heights of a notorious 1826 by-election in Northumberland, memories of which were revisited at Newcastle auction house Anderson & Garland (20% buyer’s premium).

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Artisan stories: Four cases of contemporary art and craft supported by the antiques trade

24 September 2019

Auction houses Bonhams and Sworders, dealer association BADA, and the Goldsmith Company have all supported craftspeople and artists in new initiatives this autumn.

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Worcester mug rides crest of bidding wave

23 September 2019

While typically it is the very earliest pieces of Worcester porcelain from the 1750s that excite the market, there is always great interest in documentary pieces.

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Studio ceramics: Collection from the home of a pioneering gallerist offered at Mallams

23 September 2019

Peter Dingley (1923-2018), who died last year aged 95, is a name synonymous with the best of modern British craft. David Whiting, author of 'Modern British Potters & Their Studios' (2009), described him as “a remarkable member of the small band of post-war pioneering gallerists who supported British ceramics”.

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A day on the tiles in Nottingham

23 September 2019

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society hosts its annual antique and collectable tile fair on Saturday October 5 at St Jude’s Hall, Mapperley, Nottingham.

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Martin Brothers' wally birds on parade in New Jersey

16 September 2019

A single-owner collection of 27 pieces of Martin Brothers art pottery will be included in the Design sale series to be held by Rago auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey.

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Ceramics across centuries

16 September 2019

Stair Galleries’ Fine Sale in Hudson New York on October 26-27 will include a major collection of English porcelain and pottery from a New York collector.

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Beswick hunted down at Batemans' auction

09 September 2019

The first lot up at the Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Stamford on August 3 was this 8¾in (22.5cm) long 'Huntsman', model 1501, stamped 'Beswick England' and the painter’s number '94'.

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Pick of the week: Maiolica renaissance as basin from Italian workshop makes £100,000

02 September 2019

Dealers from France and England contributed to a protracted bidding battle for a rare Renaissance maiolica dish offered at an auction house in Saxony.

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Martinware on offer from family patron of the potters

02 September 2019

Maidenhead auction house Dawson’s is to sell a collection of Martinware on behalf of descendants of an important patron of the Southall pottery.

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Worcestershire couple make room for Meissen

02 September 2019

A collection of Meissen figures, many by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-75) and his assistants, met keen interest at Adam Partridge’s (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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On the trail of French ceramic treats

02 September 2019

A traditional feature of the ‘rentrée’ for the Paris art market in September is the Left Bank, gallery-based Parcours de la Céramique et des Arts du Feu.

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Wemyss revisited in spotlight on Scotland’s most famous pottery

02 September 2019

Edinburgh auction spotlights the current market for the wares of Scotland’s most famous pottery.

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The Warner collection of delftware

02 September 2019

Market freshness and well-regarded primary and secondary provenances distinguish the 250-300 pieces of early English delftware to be offered for sale by Woolley & Wallis in a stand-alone auction in Salisbury on September 17.

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Pick of the week: American saleroom signals the way to English creamware

26 August 2019

Some of the rarest and most desirable of all English creamware jugs were those made for the American market. One of them, titled Signals at Portland Observatory, sold for $4400/£3600 (plus premium) at the Bourgeault-Horan auction in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Collector snaps up best of Charlotte Rhead

26 August 2019

‘One-of-a-kind’ tubelined charger by Staffordshire ceramicist brings £3300 on local soil.

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Time travellers touch down in south London

26 August 2019

Highlights at Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) brought more than the usual sense of trans-centuries time travel experienced at such auctions of 500 disparate lots.

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De Morgan Foundation goes digital with new initiative to attract a wider audience for artists work

20 August 2019

The De Morgan Foundation is launching a series of initiatives to bring the works of Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) and her husband William (1839-1917) to a wider audience.

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