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  • Oct 10 2008
  • 10 Oct 2008

Chinese Export Porcelain’s fascinating journey from early china

Chinese Export Porcelain’s Fascinating Journey from early china

By Lisa Marion of Marks4Antiques

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

Fake Porcelain Marks: Recognizing Forged or imitation Marks on Ceramics

Identifying porcelain is more than just “reading” a mark. It involves careful consideration of many elements to confirm correct age and authenticity.

There are thousands of Porcelain marks and even experienced collectors and antiques dealers can have difficulty in determining whether an item is new, and avoid costly mistakes.

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

TYPES OF PORCELAIN: Hard Paste, Soft Paste, and Bone China

The broad term "ceramics" usually refers to items made of fired clay. Ceramics are further divided in several categories, the primary ones being Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain. The main differences in these three are the temperatures at which they are fired in the kiln and the specific composition of their component materials.

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

Dating Faience Pottery

Faience pottery, also known as Fayence in France, is often used as a synonym to Majolica because of their similar appearance and use of tin glaze. Yet, most collectors distinguish Faience pottery by their characteristic polychrome (multi-colored) designs and mostly white background, whereas Majolica tends to have decoration all over along with pronounced raised decorative details (relief).

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

TOBY MUGS & CHARACTER JUGS: Satire in Porcelain


The tradition of making Jugs, Pitchers or Mugs in the shape of human figures or faces has its origins in 18thC England. Character Jugs were also made in the Delft region of Holland for a short time, but most known examples were produced by Potteries located in the Staffordshire region of the UK.

  • Sep 12 2008
  • 12 Sep 2008

Teacups, teakettles and an honest antiques customer

Some time ago, my mother and sister decided to have yard sale to clean out a storage area. They would be putting out typical yard-sale items—small appliances, pots and pans, bottles, lots of junk and maybe a collectibles or two.

  • Sep 9 2008
  • 9 Sep 2008

Gold Leaf on Fine China and Glassware–A Rare Find

The art of gold leafing dates back to the times of the Pharaohs. Gold leafing is a process in which artisans hammer gold until it has achieved thin layers. The layers are then applied over the item to give it the look of solid gold.

  • Sep 4 2008
  • 4 Sep 2008

P.T. Barnum: An Accidental Collectible

A most unusual addition to my circus collection came from an unplanned series of events. More than 30 years ago I became acquainted with a local artist who was beginning to work with sculpture. My nephew introduced us. I always thought I’d like to have a bust of P.T. Barnum, which I thought would fit well on the bookshelves with my collection of Barnum and other circus books.

  • Sep 2 2008
  • 2 Sep 2008

‘Official’ Vice Presidential China

On the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory near the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. sits a grand old Victorian mansion built in 1893. Originally the home of the Chief of Naval Operations, it was requisitioned as the first official home for the vice president of the United States in 1974.

  • Jul 7 2008
  • 7 Jul 2008

Antiques & Collectibles: July Auctions

There are a couple of hot, hot auctions slated for July with a noteworthy selection of items for sale. Don’t let the summer doldrums keep you from what’s really important—collecting.