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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ATG letter: Napoleon pot pourri puzzle – it’s a later date

08 April 2019

MADAM – I write in response to the letter by Simon Butt (ATG No 2386) titled 'Mystery Napoleon link' and requesting information on a soft paste pot pourri depicting Longwood House.

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Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair brings a royal touch of glamour

01 April 2019

A Rosenthal porcelain model of the princess and the frog, c.1910, by Leo Rauth is among the objects on offer at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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Porcelain mocca set earns its stripes at The Duncombe Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

01 April 2019

A Hutschenreuther Porcelain mocca set decorated with silver overlay in the studios of Friedrich Spahr is among the works on offer at The Duncombe Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair where it is available from John Newton Antiques for £1050.

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Cricket scene bowls over bidders

01 April 2019

Providing a stern test of the resolve of cricket enthusiasts, a Victorian loving cup was the unexpected star of Michael J Bowman’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Chudleigh.

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ATG LETTER: Pot pourri mystery Napoleon link

01 April 2019

MADAM – Inspired by the feature in ATG No 2384 about the little-known Girl-on-a-Horse English ceramic factory [also known as Compass factory], perhaps I could offer your readers another puzzle.

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Peterloo pearlware jug offered at Art & Antiques for Everyone fair on bicentenary of massacre in Manchester

25 March 2019

A rare antique jug commemorating the events of the Peterloo Massacre is on offer in Birmingham on the 200th anniversary of the event.

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Turn the spotlight on the the Gold Anchor period

25 March 2019

Offered for £18,000, a pair of Chelsea baluster shaped vases were one of the highlight sales at Albert Amor’s show of Chelsea Gold Anchor period work from a private collection.

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Glass and ceramics greats star in saleroom

25 March 2019

Iconic names in the worlds of glass and ceramics starred in Kingham & Orme’s (20% buyer’s premium) wide-ranging March 1 sale at Evesham.

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The web shop window

25 March 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Pick of the week: Rarities point to the mystery Compass factory

18 March 2019

Three models from an English porcelain factory about which almost nothing is known surfaced for sale in East Sussex last week.

ATG letter: A Clarice Cliff book to remember

18 March 2019

MADAM – It was good to see Clarice Cliff featured in ATG No 2383. As mentioned, the pottery has had its ups and downs over the years and in any case ‘Clarice’ has always been a little ‘Marmite’.

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English and European ceramics: A new frontier

18 March 2019

A month before the emergence of three Compass factory figures in Lewes, the eighth and ninth recorded pieces by America’s earliest-known porcelain maker were offered for sale in Salisbury.

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Historicism reigns at Minton and Meissen

18 March 2019

A massive 3ft (92cm) high majolica urn – a riot of grotesque masks, mythical figures and other motifs drawn from Renaissance sources – combining the talents of two key figures in the history of the Minton factory was included in Fonsie Mealy’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale on March 5.

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Maiolica jars bring some magic to Salisbury

18 March 2019

The ceramics sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on April 30 includes two maiolica apothecary jars and covers from the celebrated Fortuna series – an ambitious suite of pharmacy jars and jugs made in the third quarter of the 16th century.

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Lowestoft rarities emerge at Keys in Aylsham

18 March 2019

The March Fine Sale at Keys in Aylsham, the first since a management buyout, includes both a group of Lowestoft rarities and pieces by other factories.

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Lewes enjoys a Derby day

18 March 2019

If the 1970s and 80s are remembered as a heyday of English porcelain collecting it is because of enthusiasts such as Dr Dennis G Rice.

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Vincennes porcelain bottle cooler among TV executive's collection offered at Butterscotch Auctions

18 March 2019

This 1750s Vincennes porcelain bottle cooler is part of a collection of around 60 lots of French, (mainly Sèvres, Vincennes and Mennecy) porcelain from the estate of the film and television executive John F Ball to be sold by Butterscotch Auctions, in Bedford, New York, on March 30-31.

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Icons of France emerge in Carmarthen

18 March 2019

This pair of plates, one of them extensively damaged and riveted, proved much more popular than predicted in a sale held in Carmarthen by Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) last month.

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Designer Serge Royaux collection provides Christie’s Paris with ceramic highlights

18 March 2019

Designer and decorator Serge Royaux 1924-2016, whose collection of paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative items is being sold by Christie’s Paris rooms on April 17, liked to entertain and to arrange the decor of his table settings to suit individual guests.

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Spotting rare red Chelsea squirrels in Exeter

18 March 2019

Rare examples of early English porcelain are still capable of remarkable sums.

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