Ceramics

Ceramics are among the most frequently collected antiques. Items made from earthernware (pottery) or porcelain (hard or soft paste) can serve functional roles such as tablewares, serving implements, vases and jugs or as ornaments, especially figures.

They usually have some form of decoration, either painted or transfer-printed, that is covered in transparent or coloured glaze. Ceramics are often catalogued by the name of their manufacturer or factory such as Meissen, Worcester, Doulton, Wedgwood and Sèvres.


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Persian tomb-marker tile takes £80,000 in Surrey auction

19 October 2020

A large 13th century Persian lustre tile sold for £80,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at John Nicholson’s in Haslemere.

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Urns and mug make big earners

19 October 2020

Coadestone urns to this design were a personal favourite of company founder Eleanor Coade herself.

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Single-owner collection ‘represents something of a return to form’ for the Spode market

19 October 2020

The 'Indian Sporting' series is the most celebrated of all Spode blue and white transfer-prints. This multi-scene pattern (there are 17 different designs in total) is based on aquatints by Samuel Howitt from 'Oriental Field Sports, Wild Sports of the East' by Captain Thomas Williamson, published in 1807.

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What a relief: Italian surprises emerge at Mallams' auction

19 October 2020

Brought back to England by 19th century travel writer Richard Ford, a carved alabaster relief of the Madonna watching over Christ was the outstanding lot from a Gloucestershire country house offered at Mallams Cheltenham (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Pre-emptions: stepping in at the fall of the gavel

19 October 2020

Pre-emption, the right of a French museum or institution to step in at the fall of the gavel to claim a lot at auctions staged in France for purchase at the hammer price, is a common occurence in such sales.

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Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force

13 October 2020

A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.

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Bow red squirrel is a rarity

12 October 2020

Estimated at £7000-10,000, this very rare Bow model of a red squirrel, c.1760-65, sold for £20,000 at Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) Fine Ceramics and Glass sale in Knightsbridge on September 29.

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Moorcroft bidders make 1912 overtures

05 October 2020

Two pieces of Moorcroft Pomegranate pattern made exceptional sums within a matter of 24 hours at the end of September. Both were early versions of the popular pattern and dated 1912 – the year William Moorcroft left his studio at James Macintyre to run his own factory in Cobridge.

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Ewe beauty: Rice collection in demand

05 October 2020

Further pieces from English porcelain specialist’s collection are among highlights in Lewes.

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Modern ways of doing business: dealers team up for exhibitions

05 October 2020

London ceramics dealer and Swedish Nordic design specialist team up for joint show

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Flattery for Klabena

05 October 2020

On October 31, Quentin in Berlin is holding its 40th auction. One of the most unusual pieces is this 8in (22cm) high satirical porcelain figure, titled Schmeichelei (Flattery). It was modelled in 1909 by the Slovakian artist Eduard Klabena for KPM in Berlin.

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Bow model of red squirrel stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

02 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Bow model of a red squirrel from c.1760-65 that doubled estimate at Bonhams.

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Remembering the ‘happy’ jester

28 September 2020

Joseph Fröhlich (1694-1757) was a well-known figure at the Saxon court from the late 1720s onwards. He was appointed court jester to Augustus the Strong in 1727 and held the position for three decades – perfect for a man whose family name translates as ‘happy’.

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ATG letter: Staffordshire’s rich heritage requires new attitudes and thinking

21 September 2020

MADAM – It was good to see Alan Sturrock’s robust and considered appeal for a greater understanding of the significance of Staffordshire figures in the markets (ATG 2457).

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Soviet propaganda porcelain plate makes over 100-times estimate in Stratford-upon-Avon

14 September 2020

When, following the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Pennsylvania auction brings Staffordshire pottery selection to market

14 September 2020

Pook & Pook’s online decorative arts auction in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on September 17 will include several lots of the Staffordshire pottery Foley Intarsio ware.

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Coronation service among European porcelain highlights at Swiss sale

14 September 2020

A 176-lot group of Meissen and other European porcelain from the collection of Dr Siegfried Ducret, consigned from the estate of Rosmarie Schmidt-Ducret, will be offered at auction by Koller in Zurich on September 24.

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Staffordshire history lesson comes via a postcard

07 September 2020

The Staffordshire Figure Association is hoping to drum up some interest with the creation of this postcard available to buyers and sellers of Staffordshire figures.

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The web shop window: rare Bergman chess set

07 September 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Lancastrian lustre vase comes to Rago Auctions

07 September 2020

This lustre vase decorated by Richard Joyce for Pilkington Royal Lancastrian dates from c.1915.

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