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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Meissen vases produced by the workshop's top designer sell for nine times estimate

26 February 2024

Among the technically most complex pieces ever created in the porcelain manufacture in Meissen were the so-called 'Schneeballen-Vasen' (snowball vases).

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Dinner service belonged to famous French novelist George Sand

19 February 2024

A faience dinner service that belonged to the famous French novelist George Sand sold for €7000 (£5980) at the Rouillac (24% buyer’s premium inc tax) auction on February 10.

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Royal Doulton Guy Fawkes figure with a difference

19 February 2024

The Royal Doulton figure Guy Fawkes designed by Charles Noke was issued as HN98 from 1918.

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Charles X portrait at nearly 10 times the estimate

19 February 2024

Portrait of monarch impresses as château of the Comtes de Marcellus delivers treasures to auction

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Namikawa’s titchy teapot catches the attention

19 February 2024

The most eagerly contested lot at the Echoes Antiques & Auction Gallery (23% buyer’s premium) sale on January 23 was a Japanese cloisonné miniature teapot bearing the mark of the great Namikama Yasuyuki.

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Mug commemorating real-life crime 1823 style flies to 10 times estimate

12 February 2024

The murder of William Weare in the Hertfordshire village of Radlett in 1823 has been called the first trial by newspaper. It was also the first subject in the ‘crime and punishment’ series of earthenwares that proved curiously popular in the Victorian era.

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Wemyss collected over decades comes to auction in Edinburgh

12 February 2024

Extensive array offered by Lyon & Turnbull concentrates on the first Scottish period of production

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Lalique and Doulton star in Florida saleroom

12 February 2024

A small 8in cast bronze relief or architectural element c.1900 designed by Art Nouveau and Art Deco master René Lalique was offered in Florida.

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Dealer Bruce Knight’s personal collecting taste was a cut above

05 February 2024

An 18th century Native American trade axe pipe linked to the great Shawnee chief and warrior Tecumseh (1768-1813) was the runaway performer when the collection of Ohio dealer and entrepreneur Bruce Knight was dispersed in the first days of the New Year.

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Shaving mugs attract top prices from foam bidders

05 February 2024

A staple at American barber shops of the 19th and early 20th centuries was the occupational shaving mug.

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Auction buyers get claws into Wemyss cats

29 January 2024

This smiling tabby cat formed part of an extensive collection of Scottish Wemyss Ware sold at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Prime 18th century English porcelain on offer in Australia

29 January 2024

When Australian auction house Artvisory offers the Robert Burke collection on February 19-20 in Melbourne it will launch around 300 lots of prime 18th century English porcelain onto the market.

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A Scottish Wemyss Ware vase from a prolific collector is among five lots to watch

22 January 2024

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up this week.

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Lampshade highlights the work of Quentin Bell, the last of Bloomsbury

22 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans in Macclesfield.

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Nantgarw plate displays Pardoe’s decorating talent

22 January 2024

Roseberys’ (26/25/20% buyer’s premium) final Fine & Decorative sale of the year included this recent charity shop donation: a Nantgarw cabinet plate decorated by Thomas Pardoe (1770-1823).

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Remarkable Wedgwood Liberty Ware archive comes to market

16 January 2024

An archive related to the Wedgwood Liberty Ware project designed to raise money for victims of the First World War comes for sale at Freeman's Hindman in Philadelphia.

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Ruskin pottery collection stars in Dreweatts’ Interiors sale

11 January 2024

Pottery that came from the original Ruskin factory collection drew healthy competition at an auction in Newbury.

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‘Giant among ceramicists’: tributes paid to specialist and TV stalwart Henry Sandon

08 January 2024

Tributes have poured in for the late ceramics specialist and Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon who died aged 95 at the end of last year.

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Grotesque proves attractive when it comes to Martinware

08 January 2024

Latest ceramics sales demonstrate how Martinware demand has moved on beyond Wally Birds

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Obituary: Henry George Sandon MBE (1928-2023)

08 January 2024

Henry Sandon, who has died aged 95, was a hugely popular television presenter and a giant in the world of antiques.

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