• 6 Mar
    2014

Works by De Kooning, Chinese & Asian Antiques to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Original works by major listed artists such as Willem de Kooning, Chaim Soutine and Angel Botello, plus Chinese objects and other Asian antiques will headline an estates auction slated for Saturday, March 15, by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm’s gallery in the Quantum Town Center, at 1034 Gateway Blvd. here […]

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  • 3 Mar
    2014

It’s All in the Marks: ‘Dresden Lace’ Pieces in the Style of Meissen

One thing that leads new collectors of porcelain figurines down the wrong path is judging a figurine’s vintage by its style, rather than other indicators of production dates. A piece depicting an18th-century social event, like the one above, at first glance looks similar to 18th & 19th-century pieces by the Meissen porcelain works in Germany. […]

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  • 25 Feb
    2014

Rinker on Collectibles: A 21st-Century Perspective on Collector Value

The antiques and collectibles trade utilizes three basic monetary values—collector, decorator and reuse. Each value is complex, breaking into four or more subcategories. Antiques and collectibles value is relative—not just in terms of time, place, and the desires and prejudices of the participants involved in the buy-sell process, but also in respect to the primary […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2014

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
    2014

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
    2014

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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  • 23 Jan
    2014

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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  • 12 Nov
    2013

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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  • 29 Oct
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Paul Schreckengost-Designed Zodiac-Theme Plate

QUESTION: I have a 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio. Viktor Schreckengost, a famous designer and longtime professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, was Paul’s brother. I found a great deal of information about Viktor but very little about Paul on the […]

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  • 15 Oct
    2013

Ask a Worthologist: Lladró Ballet Dancers Figurine

WorthPoint member Denise J. purchased a Lladró figurine from a bankruptcy sale of a jewelry store. She believes it must have been old stock because it isn’t listed in any current Lladró catalogs and wonders if it’s worth more because it appears to be out of production. Her question was sent to our “Ask a […]

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