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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CERAMICS: America's continuing love affair with the Wedgwood factory

20 August 2018

An old and respected provenance can still hold sway even in no longer buoyant sectors of the market.

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Leo Kaplan sale tests transatlantic ceramics taste

20 August 2018

After 49 years of trading in Manhattan, ceramics and glass dealer Leo Kaplan Ltd closed its doors earlier this year.

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ATG letter: Rode Hall has complete Crane set

20 August 2018

MADAM – I write regarding your Pick of the Week article (ATG No 2354,) on the Walter Crane vase (1890) for Maw & Co, sold at the Kingham & Orme auction in July.

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Pick of the Week: Crane leaves them wanting Maw

13 August 2018

The Shropshire pottery, Maw & Co of Jackfield, is best known for the mass production of earthenware tiles and architectural ceramics.

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Mug shows trouble at the mill in 1878

13 August 2018

Riots broke out in Bury and Blackburn in May 1878 as cotton mill workers protested their low wages. The initially peaceful action escalated as employees attacked the factory and local constabulary, eventually looting and destroying the mill owner’s house.

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A travelling passport for Martinware birds

13 August 2018

Gloucestershire-based British art pottery dealer Alison Davey of AD Antiques has created a series of ‘passports’ for Martin Brothers’ birds.

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Ceramics and glass collection leads inaugural sale at new Australian auction house Gibson's

08 August 2018

The collection of a man described as “a passionate supporter of the decorative arts” will feature in the inaugural sale at a new Melbourne saleroom.

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ATG letter: Got an early Grayson Perry?

06 August 2018

MADAM – Have ATG readers got a Grayson Perry pot or plate from the 1980s lurking in their living rooms? If they have, then the Holburne Museum in Bath wants to hear from them.

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Meissen teapot among top sales at 'A Collectors’ Paradise'

06 August 2018

This early Meissen teapot and cover was among the stand-out sales at the joint selling exhibition 'A Collectors’ Paradise' held at Brian Haughton Gallery in St James’s.

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Dealer launches passport project to identify Martin Brothers Birds

02 August 2018

A Gloucestershire pottery dealer has launched a line of individual passports for Martin Brothers’ pottery “Wally Birds” to help owners record the histories of these widely coveted objects.

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Pick of the Week: Tinworth designs a squeaking clock

28 July 2018

Amusing animals assuming human characteristics are not just for social media. The anthropomorphic figure groups modelled by George Tinworth (1843-1913) for the Doulton Lambeth factory rank among the best of all Victorian art pottery.

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Heimixen tiles take flight in Cotswolds

23 July 2018

This set of three tubeline tiles featuring polychrome birds in a grassland setting, is one of the many pieces on offer at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

23 July 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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European ceramics: a cross-Channel focus

16 July 2018

Vincennes, Sèvres and Meissen are among the stars of a Paris and London auction spotlight.

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London’s slice of Marly Rouge

16 July 2018

Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) main summer sale of European ceramics took place at its Bond Street rooms on July 5. On offer were 245 lots which raised a hammer total of just under £600,000, with a 62% take-up.

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Tailor-made to fit into Liss selection

02 July 2018

The Meissen model of Count Bruhl’s Tailor was a major attraction at Hampshire auction house Jacobs & Hunt (26% buyer’s premium).

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Vase is a Medici marvel

02 July 2018

From the same source which provided Sotheby’s success with a fine collection of Scottish Colourist works (ATG No 2347), a large late 19th version of the Medici Vase led the two-day Glasgow sale at Great Western Auctions (23% buyer’s premium).

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Top Doulton demand evident in Evesham

02 July 2018

In what can be a doleful time for Doulton, encouraging words about the factory’s output from auctioneer Geoff Shepherd at ceramics specialist Kingham & Orme (22% buyer’s premium).

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Organiser of porcelain exhibition and seminar draws inspiration from the past

25 June 2018

Several of the events taking place during this London summer season have put the emphasis on growth or diversification as organisers look to the future. But for porcelain dealer Brian Haughton, whose pair of porcelain events returns this month, the key is keeping specialised and drawing inspiration from the past.

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Meissen pug group in paradise

25 June 2018

Among the highlights Brian Haughton offers in 'A Collectors’ Paradise' is this Meissen group of a Danish pug dog with her two puppies, modelled c.1745 by JJ Kaendler (1706-75) and painted black, brown and white.

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