China, Pottery & Porcelain

More About Josiah Wedgwood (& Sons Ltd)

Famous manufacturer of earthenware and porcelain at Burslem then Etruria and lastly Darlaston.
Note, most of the products are now made out of England and the Company has just been bought by a firm in the US. What will happen now is anybody’s guess.
Wedgwood has a long history. It all Read more

Modern Doulton Still Collectable

Bernard Matthews, the renowned Turkey Breeder celebrated 40 years in the turkey business and commissioned ‘Royal Doulton’ to produce a limited edition of 3,000 models entitled ‘The Turkey’, D6889, modelled by J.G. Tongue (Graham Tongue) the former head modeller of ‘Beswick’.
The model closely resembles the Beswick Turkey No. 1957 Read more

Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 Champion Case

18th century Chinese Imperial gilt bronze and cloisonné vase, crafted in the Forbidden City in the style of Ming, but more than a century after the dynasty ended sells for record £228,000 at auction.
Scholars have two theories about the object, which is variously known as a ‘He Jingbei’ Read more

Meissen Mark :: Crossed Swords

Samples of actual meissen marks. You should remember that the marks are drawn by hand and that slight variations in the format occur and the mark only supports the source. The true test of an antique meissen piece is always the overall quality of the piece and the quality of Read more

Mason Ware

It was first produced by C.J. Mason & Company in 1813 to provide a cheap substitute for Chinese porcelain, especially the larger vases. The decoration was a kind of chinoiserie, or hybrid Oriental. Mason specialties were vases, some more than 3 feet (1 m) high, with flowers in high Read more

Marriage jugs

Marriage jugs are thought to often have been gifted to commemorate the weddings in the families of wealthy London merchants. They are very rare and therefore extremely sought after.
Recently an important English Delft marriage jug, dated 1647, has been commissioned for sale by a local vendor at Staffordshire Read more

Derby Porcelain

A Quaint Diary-the Duesburys and their work-characteristics of Derby Porcelain-the Bloor Period-patterns and Potters-marks found on Derby Porcelain
The exact date at which porcelain was first made at Derby is not known, but information culled from a work-book of William Duesbury, and quoted by Mr. Bemrose in
From the Fry Collection Read more

Marks and Identification of Minton Majolica

(Pictured above: Minton majolica cheese dish)
Minton were fortunately pretty good at marking their wares. There will invariably be an impressed mark on the Majolica pieces. The name Minton or Mintons (used after 1873) all appear. Little symbols were also used as the year cypher – thereby allowing the collector to Read more

Lotus Ware

Lotus Ware is considered to be possibly the finest porcelain ever produced in the United States. It was made during the 1890s by East Liverpool’s own Knowles, Taylor & Knowles pottery.
Lotus proved to be so delicate that only about one in every twelve pieces made it through these kilns Read more

Limoges Porcelain

Limoges was produced by a number of factories in France from the late 1700s until around 1930.
When valuing a piece, looking at the quality of the decoration can often be more important than determining the age.
From the mid-19th century to the beginning of the Great Depression, Haviland Limoges dinnerware Read more