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The Collector’s Minute: Unmarked Porcelain Puzzles

Unmarked 18th- & 19th-century porcelain is a puzzle to everyone, even among dealers and experts. Trying to attribute an unmarked piece at first glance can often bring more than one conclusion. This is especially true if the piece is similar to examples by “big name” makers such as Sevres, Chelsea, Worcester or Meissen. Among the […]

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The Collector’s Minute: Royal Doulton Women’s Suffrage Ink Wells

Every movement in history has its highs and lows captured in the decorative arts of the time, either as heroic statuary and dramatic portraiture to support the cause, or as comic pieces meant to heap ridicule on a cause to diminish it in the eyes of the public. An example of the latter is reflected […]

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The Collector’s Minute: Dutch Delft Pottery Charger

This is an example of a Dutch Delft pottery charger, designed to be hung as a decorative wall plate. Most such wall plates measure more than 13 inches across, with some reaching as much as 20 inches in diameter. This particular piece measures approximately 17 inches across. Delft blue and white pottery first appeared in […]

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The Collector’s Minute: Wedgwood Black Basalt

These wine & water ewers are 19th-century Wedgwood pieces in what’s referred to as “black basalt,” a hard, black vitreous stoneware named after the volcanic rock basalt and manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood from about 1768. Wedgwood’s black basalt ware was an improvement on the stained earthenware known as “Egyptian black,” which was made by other […]

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The Collector’s Minute: Japanese Sumida Ware

Among the strangest pieces to came out of the Orient during the late 19th century are Japanese export pottery called “Sumida ware,” named after their original origins near the Sumida River that flowed by the Asakusa pottery district. This style, with its high-relief decoration, appeared about 1890 and is believed to be the invention of […]

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Cincinnati Pottery Before There Was Rookwood

For most antique lovers, the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati conjures up images of fine ceramics. Great decorators, combined with great glazes gave this art pottery a well-deserved national reputation. Few people know, however, that Cincinnati was also the scene of a thriving ceramic industry long before pottery began to be manufactured on the top of […]

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The Collector’s Minute: Fabulous Fakes No. 1

One thing long-time dealers and collectors pick up over time is a “sixth sense” regarding the authenticity of a piece. It’s not always the fact that the color of the glaze on a “Roseville” vase is not quite right, or the fact the style of dovetails on drawers for a highboy dresser don’t match for […]

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Hungary for Herend Classical China? Pristine Porcelain is Nation’s Pride

The Herend Manufactory (as it call itself) has a long and exalted history in Hungary—its country of origin—with its reputation having spread to other capitals beginning in the early years of its operation. Later, and especially at present, North Americans have become exposed to the extraordinarily beautiful and expertly executed pat- terns and specialty decorative […]

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Know Your America: Geography through Souvenir Pottery, Plates and the Rest

From lovely plates and delicate pitchers to decorative trinket boxes and figural animals, souvenir pottery was proudly displayed in American homes for decades. Today, many of the more interesting pieces—such as a plate honoring the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition or a ceramic dog labeled Wheatland, Wyoming—are the subject of renewed interest among the current generation of collectors. […]

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Q & A with Harry Rinker: Marwal Bull, Reed and Barton Bells, Heisey Syrup Pitcher

QUESTION: I own a large plaster of Paris sculpture of a bull that is painted dark brown. An impressed oval-stamp with “MARWAL / IND / INC” in its border is located near the right rear leg of the bull. When was this sculpture made? What is its value? – LR, Titusville, FL ANSWER: An Internet […]

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