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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
i have quite a few old plates all sizes, i am moving house later this year and am looking to de clutter. shortly i will be taking photos and loading them onto this site for propesctive buyers to view. thats all for now.
Flow Blue China: An Error that Paid Off
I had a special request to do a blog about Flow Blue from Joann Woodall of the Wagon Wheel Antiques Co. Joann is one of the people from whom I purchased the wonderful pottery at the Arlington Park Antique Show. I am always looking for items of interest to write about, so in the future, please email any requests you might have.
Is it Time to Buy Royal Doulton Again?
Today’s Photo: Royal Doulton Tiger sold for $270 at Direct Auction, Chicago