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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Scottish firm's new sale in London receives encouragement from bidders

15 April 2019

Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) inaugural Modern Made auction at the Mall Galleries in London received plenty of encouraging noises from the dealing and collecting community as it posted a total of £1m (including premium).

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Caterpillar and cat sum up modern living

15 April 2019

The recent Modern Living sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) was dominated by ‘Mouseman’ furniture, something of a speciality at the Leyburn rooms.

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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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The web shop window: a late 19th century Villeroy & Boch tile from Germany

08 April 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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Queen Anne ale jug could be a favourite buy at BBR fair

08 April 2019

The story of Queen Anne, who ruled from 1702 to her death in 1714, is now much more widely known after the Oscar-winning portrayal by Olivia Colman in 'The Favourite'.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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