• 18 Apr
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rosenthal Porcelain Horse

Sandra B. bought this porcelain figure at an auction two years ago, but because as she was moving, it was packed away soon after she bought it. She had meant to do a little research on it, but forgot all about until she cleared out the storage locker she rented to contain all of the […]

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  • 4 Apr
    2011

Unloved Antiques & Collectibles: ‘Limited Edition’ Collectors Plates

In the antique & collectibles trade, I often come across a number of items that are generally not in demand, are not rare or have much monetary value. The problem is, though, that general public is convinced that the opposite is true and that dealers are all in on some conspiracy to purchase these priceless […]

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  • 21 Feb
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Staffordshire Pearl Figural Group

Jessie H. got into a bidding war 10 years ago for a ceramic figurine at an auction. While he ended up paying more than he wanted, he was happy he won the piece. Now, a decade later, he feels it’s time for it to go, if he can get the right price. He engaged WorthPoint’s […]

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  • 25 Jan
    2011

Developing a Passion for Collecting Chinese Porcelain

Are you a collector or are you in an accumulating phase? I interviewed Arnoldus Wilhelmus Johannes Jacobs—who likes to be called Arno Jacobs (or just Arno). He is a technical laboratory manager at the Fontys University of Applied Science in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, who collects European, Japanese and Chinese porcelain. David Pike: Where do you […]

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  • 20 Dec
    2010

Collector’s Minute: Christmas Plates

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without all the tradition and decorations. Precious memories stored away in boxes attics and basements along with the tinsel, ornaments and decoration for the other 49 weeks of the year are pulled out and displayed. Tree ornaments that have been in the family for four generations, paper chains or macaroni-covered Angels […]

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  • 14 Dec
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rookwood Vellum Plaque

Vale E. has an unusual piece she inherited four years ago. Not knowing exactly what she had, she engaged “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is her question: “I inherited this small portrait of a mountain winter scene with a pine tree about four years ago. I never really gave […]

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  • 7 Dec
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Dresser-Designed Minton Porcelain Vase

Anne J. has a piece of porcelain that her grandfather had picked up in England during the Second World War. Looking for a value before deciding whether to sell it, she engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is her question: “I inherited this vase a couple of years […]

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  • 16 Nov
    2010

Collector’s Minute: Ivorex and Plaster Plaques

Appraisers & dealers often run across odd items that their owners are convinced are made of some exotic, hand-carved material such as marble or ivory. Unfortunately, most are not what they appear to be when first glanced in a dusty attic or dimly lit antique store. The pieces above are a good example of that, […]

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  • 2 Nov
    2010

Face Jugs: A Uniquely Southern Collectible with a Mysterious Origin

Bulging, uneven eyes and pointed teeth may not sound like desirable facial attributes, but in the world of face jugs, sometimes the uglier the better. These jugs typically have large eyes, often seeming to bubble off the face, a protruding nose and a mouth rivaled by a James Bond movie character by the name of […]

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  • 27 Sep
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Dutch Delft Tiles

When Jennifer T. bought a house, she found some ceramic tiles wrapped in Dutch newspapers. Having seen similar tiles in auction catalogs, Jennifer engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to see if the tiles she had were similar to those selling for hundreds of dollars or more at auction. The question was forwarded to me. […]

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