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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Street art: The inter-war version in ceramics

23 May 2022

Popular figures were created in Chelsea by husband and wife duo Charles and Nell Vyse

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Drug jars given auction treatment

23 May 2022

Single sale offers two notable collections featuring Italian maiolica and French faience

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Constantinidis ceramics on the rise

16 May 2022

Typically, the work of studio potter Joanna Constantinidis (1927-2000), for nearly 40 years a lecturer in ceramics at Chelmsford Technical College and School of Art, has tended to occupy the second tier of the burgeoning contemporary ceramics market.

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Indiana sale offers majolica marvels

16 May 2022

Strawser auction group holds a three-day sale series in Indiana on May 25 & 27-28.

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Haughtons' seminar back in physical form

02 May 2022

The Haughtons are celebrating 40 years of fairs, exhibitions and events with a two-day seminar this summer.

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Leafy design from Lady Anne

25 April 2022

A porcelain cabbage, its leaves edged in pale orange, is a highlight among 72 vegetables, animals and fruits featured in Albert Amor’s next exhibition – its first foray into Contemporary artwork.

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Judge Gary’s celebrated service creates a stir

25 April 2022

The March 30-31 sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green included three pieces from the Royal Crown Derby Judge Gary service.

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5 Questions: glass and ceramics dealer Dave Woodger

18 April 2022

Dave Woodger deals primarily on the fairs circuit, particularly the IACF events, specialising in Whitefriars, Worcester and Doulton porcelain.

Staffordshire greyhounds

Pick of the week: ‘The talk of the Staffordshire community’

11 April 2022

As a general rule prices for most pairs of Staffordshire dogs, the quintessential Victorian fireside ornament, have dipped markedly in the past generation.

Six Sèvres plates

Sèvres ‘Etruscan’ plates receive just desserts in Lincolnshire

11 April 2022

Plates from a documented mid-19th century Sèvres dessert set sold for £36,000 at Golding Young & Mawer in Grantham on April 6.

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At auction: Peruse, bid and buy – online or in the room

11 April 2022

Whereas buying at fairs often involves a heavy dose of serendipity, buying at auction tends to be a more focused and considered affair.

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Anti-slavery sentiments in ceramics

11 April 2022

This rare creamware cylindrical tankard is printed with a copy of A Cudgelling Match between English and French Negros in the Island of Dominica by Agostino Brunias (1730-96).

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Fair's new organiser tells tales of tiles

11 April 2022

Dealer promises to promote Nottingham specialist fair

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Chaise longue value lies in the maker

11 April 2022

Knowledgeable bidders spot a design by Owen Jones on offer in North Yorkshire

Isnik tile

Isnik tile makes second spectacular sale appearance

04 April 2022

An Isnik fritware tile familiar to ATG readers made its second visit to the saleroom last week.

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Venetian charger emerges from the Borders

04 April 2022

The Five Centuries sale at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) featured items from Borders property Kimmerghame, Duns, home of the Swinton family.

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Delft teapots belie humble origins and are now popular and pricey

04 April 2022

Teapots made in delftware were never particularly functional nor popular in either England or the Netherlands.

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Pick of the week: Primary reasons for appeal of Omega Workshop pots

28 March 2022

Ceramics by the Omega Workshops rose to unprecedented heights on March 17. The Design sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included a small collection of pottery by Roger Fry that came for sale from the former Fulham Road dealer Andrew Harriss.

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Seated figure of Chinese deity creates new top price for Chantilly porcelain at auction

28 March 2022

A new high for a piece of Chantilly porcelain and two pre-emptions for paintings featured in a recent sale held by Daguerre (30% buyer’s premium) at Drouot in Paris.

Stoneware bottle

Raising a toast to John Dwight’s ‘fine Browne stone wares’

21 March 2022

Two stoneware tavern bottles produced at John Dwight’s Fulham Pottery in the 1670s surfaced for sale in West Sussex earlier this month.

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