• 18
    Feb

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Royal Doulton Copy, B. David Jewelry

QUESTION: I have a Royal Doulton “Lavinia” figure that I received from my grandmother. The logo on the bottom does not match the logo I found on websites featuring Royal Doulton marks. There is an “HN” but no number after it. What exactly do I have? – BN, by email. ANSWER: The first rule in […]

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  • 14
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Hand-Painted Porcelain

This partial tea set is hand-painted porcelain and dates from the turn of the 19th century. Pieces like this are generally what are referred to as “studio pottery,” getting their name from the fact most pottery of this type was hand-painted by decorating or pottery studios in both the USA and Europe between 1880 and […]

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  • 13
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Chokin-Style Decorative Art

Chokin metal work is an art form that dates all the way back to the 12th 
century and used a variety of different colored metals from base metals 
to 24-karat gold. The color of each metal used as part of the overall design, 
in many cases on a dark background. This technique was once used […]

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  • 5
    Feb

Revered, Yet a Rarity—The Horse as a Chinese Decorative Motif

中國出口銀器: 以馬為紋飾, 被推祟但罕見 Greetings to a new year: the Year of the Horse; the seventh Chinese sign of the zodiac. The Horse is a traditional Chinese decorative motif and theme often seen in the Tang and Yuan Dynasties, yet a rarity in Chinese Export Silver. It’s a mystery I haven’t yet fully got to the […]

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  • 23
    Jan

It’s All in the Marks: Laviolette Limoges Porcelain

Floral French Limoges porcelain was very popular from the last quarter of the 19th century until the beginning of the First World War in 1914. Pottery in this style was mass-produced for the export market during these years, and much of it still survives, so it is not considered rare. Laviolette used the maker’s mark […]

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  • 14
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Italian Ceramics, Philadelphia Tavern Prints

QUESTION: I own an urn-like vase that rests on a matching plate. The vase stands 8 ¾ inches high and is 3 ¼ inches wide at its widest part. The plate is 9 ½ inches in diameter. The vessel is marked “Italy / 1391” on the base. What information can you provide? – CM, Reading, […]

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  • 30
    Dec

The Collector’s Minute: Art Nouveau-Style Amphora Pottery

This large Art Nouveau bust (left) was made by the Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora pottery factory, circa 1896. The pottery was located in what once was Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia Austria, but is now part of the Czech Republic. This pottery is best known for its Art Nouveau-style pieces, which reached their peak of popularity circa […]

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  • 10
    Dec

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners without much though about their value. Year after year, pieces like vegetable bowls, gravy boats and platters are loaded with all the good things that […]

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  • 19
    Nov

Roseville Pottery, Brilliant Cut Glass Collections to lead Multi-Estate Auction

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Choice items from the estate of Dr. Ray Gregory, a general surgeon from Corinth, Miss.— to include around 200 pieces of Roseville pottery collected over the course of 40 years, about 50 pieces of brilliant cut glass, dozens of pre-1900 copper kettles and more—will headline a fall antique extravaganza auction planned for […]

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  • 12
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: Capodimonte Ceramics

I don’t have a week go by that I don’t get a call or email about a “fantastic” piece of Italian porcelain by “Capodimonte.” It’s nearly always claimed to be an inheritance, as I don’t recall actually meeting anyone who admits to buying a piece of it. For those of you unfamiliar with this type […]

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