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.


Cornishware jar

Trading Standards prosecute couple who faked Cornishware pottery

16 November 2023

Two people selling faked Cornishware pottery have received suspended sentences and ordered to pay £80,000.

Peacock vase

Massive prices for Massier majolica

13 November 2023

Top prices set for majolica by the French Massier factory at auction in Belgium

Earthenware charger

Pick of the week: Early tin-glazed earthenware takes 130-times top estimate

06 November 2023

A rare 16th century tin-glazed earthenware charger was the subject of an extraordinary bidding battle taking it to 130-times its estimate.

Lucy Rie 1981 Footed bowl

Rie and Coper records fall in landmark sale

06 November 2023

Phillips’ sale of two studio pottery collections of Lucie Rie and Hans Coper lived up to expectations and set two new auction records.

Hockney Black and White Cat

That loving feline: David Hockney ceramic cat doubles estimate at auction

30 October 2023

A rare ceramic cat given by David Hockney (b.1937) to strangers who helped him as a student fetched a record price for one of the artist’s sculptural felines when it sold at Stacey’s in Chelmsford.

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Louis Wain fans get claws into his ceramic cats

23 October 2023

Futurist and Cubist feline design figures higly in an extensive single-owner collection of ceramics

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Pair of chairs record toppled twice in same Rothschild sale

23 October 2023

The auction record for a pair of chairs was broken twice as part of Christie’s Rothschild family auction series in New York.

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Bidder contemplation of Mai-Thu brings five figures

23 October 2023

An example of 20th century French-influenced painting by the Vietnamese artist Mai-Thu (1906-80) proved to be atop-selling lot.

Gravant Floral Workshop Flower Arrangement

Dealer lends ceramics to exhibition on Old Master women artists

20 October 2023

A ceramics dealer is among those supporting a major exhibition showcasing women artists this winter.

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Clarice Cliff goes supersize with a ginger jar

16 October 2023

The typical Clarice Cliff ginger jar measures just under 9in (22cm) high and around 6in (15cm) wide.

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Eighteenth century plates from Steel collection

16 October 2023

Around 20 lots of delftware, mostly plates, tiles and chargers with modest estimates, featured in the sale of the Diana Steel collection.

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Jonathan Horne sale: Importance of name recognition to auction success

16 October 2023

Consignment from the late dealer Jonathan Horne helps a buoyant ceramics section in the saleroom

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Bullish price for Capron creation

16 October 2023

The Roger Capron Navettes table from Tajan’s (26/21/14% buyer’s premium) September 19 sale of modern and contemporary ceramics, which was previewed in ATG No 2609, sold for €1000 (£870) including premium.

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Traditional highlights to be found in Munich art fair

09 October 2023

Now in its 14th year, the art fair Highlights is way past the status of a newcomer and has become an established up-market event in the autumn calendar.

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Meissen spiced up by a Count Brühl commission

09 October 2023

Heinrich von Brühl was without doubt the most prominent patron of the porcelain manufacture in Meissen.

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Mosse grew his pottery studio in Welsh barns

09 October 2023

Dealer Robert Pugh is bringing a collection of stoneware saltglaze pots by potter Michael Mosse (b.1951 in Yorkshire) from the 1980s onwards to the biannual Antiques in Tents.

Spade form

Two ‘exceptional’ Lucie Rie and Hans Coper collections on offer from significant sources

02 October 2023

What has been billed by Phillips as ‘the most exceptional and significant group of works by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper to ever come to auction’ will be offered in London on November 1.

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Get into the ceramics groove: second slice of the Seymour Stein collection

02 October 2023

Collector who helped Madonna on road to stardom becomes the centre of attention in West Sussex saleroom

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Dealers help publish books covering furniture and Moorcroft

02 October 2023

Two books concerning the world of antiques have recently been released with the support of UK dealers.

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William Cookworthy the porcelain pioneer in focus at London dealer

02 October 2023

William Cookworthy (1705-80), a Quaker chemist from Plymouth, opened his porcelain factory in 1768 following years of experimentation with China clay he discovered in Cornwall.

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