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Antique Auction Houses Buck The Economic Trend

Antique Auction Houses Buck The Economic Trend | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Latest figures show that most provincial auction houses have done rather well during 2011. Why?

 

People like to collect things, and antiques are a favourite collectable. It's nice to own a piece of history that you can use; something you can sit on, serve dinner on, store items inside of, or look at in appreciation.

 

The value of an antique is realised by the collector who owns it as well as the collector who wishes to own it and that is evidenced by the sterling performance of antique auction houses during 2011, when low interest rates, record gold and silver prices and collectors looking to liquidate assets produced record sales results.

 

For instance; the highest price paid in the UK in 2011 was the 1.75m pound bid for an Imperial Qing dynasty white jade teapot and cover at Woolley & Wallis.

 

In the USA in December 2011, the unique Brasher Doubloon, known as the 1st American Dollar Gold Coin, was sold by Steven L. Contursi. It was bought by Blanchard and Company of New Orleans for around 3 million dollars, who then sold it to a Wall Street investment firm for nearly 7.4 million dollars.

 

For most antique buyers and sellers these are numbers we can only dream of; but It will always stand you in good stead if you take the time to understand how to buy and sell your more modest collectibles and antiques at auction.

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Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks
How to identify and recognise antique pottery and porcelain marks and use your new knowledge to invest in collectable British pottery & porcelain.
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Antique Minton Porcelain and Thomas Minton

Antique Minton Porcelain and Thomas Minton | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
Collecting Antique Minton Porcelain - Throughout its history Minton has led the way in the field of ceramics, resulting in a huge range of styles including pate sur pate, majolica and parian ware.
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Art Nouveau Artists and Art Nouveau Designers

Art Nouveau Artists and Art Nouveau Designers | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
Art Nouveau Artists - A selection of the great many artists and designers that embraced the art nouveau style.
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The art nouveau style was a conscious attempt at modernism and a determined departure by many artists and designers, from the traditional victorian forms of design.

 

Designers rejected the inspiration of classical European art and instead looked to Japanese, Celtic and other folk art as a basis for their work.

 

This can be seen in works by artists such as Gustav Klimt.

 

Typical motifs come from nature: flowers, insects and birds. Lines curve and wind, straight lines were scorned by art nouveau designers.

 
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Pair of Blue & White Royal Bonn Vases c1897

Pair of Blue & White Royal Bonn Vases c1897 | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

A look at a pair of good quality Royal Bonn vases bearing the Franz Anton Mehlem base mark together with various impressed marks. 

 

The mark on this pair of blue and white Royal Bonn vases, was used between 1890 and 1920.

 

The typical mark consisting of 'ROYAL' over a crowned shield with stylized F-A-M within and '1755' over 'BONN' over 'GERMANY over the series name, in this case 'LYONAIS'

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Should You Collect Tinplate Toys?

Should You Collect Tinplate Toys? | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Well, based on recent auction results it could be a good idea. It seems some tinplate toys are very collectable indeed. Not only do they look great but toy collectors love them so much, they're prepared to pay 10's of thousands of dollars for them.

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Noritake China, It's a great addition to your porcelain collection ...

Noritake China, It's a great addition to your porcelain collection ... | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Japanese porcelain has always been good quality and has always been popular with porcelain collectors. Noritake china is probably the lesser cousin to the more desireable Kakiemon, Satsuma, Kutani and Imari wares, but that doesn't mean it's any less desireable.

 

We've bought and sold Noritake China for over 10 years and there is always a market for it and antique collectors that will pay good money for good pieces.

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Art Deco Artists and Art Deco Designers

Art Deco Artists and Art Deco Designers | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Art Deco Artists - A reference of artists and architectural and decorative arts designers that typify the art deco style... from Andre Leon Arbus to Rene Lalique, Frank Lloyd Wright and Joseph Hoffman.

 

Art Deco epitomises style and sophistication and some of the 20th century's most significant artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Sonia Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky, produced work in the art deco style, as did many designers of furnishings, textiles, jewellery, and advertising.

 

Favourites include Charles-Eduard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), who as a decorator became well known in the Parisian art world, and worked with other great designers such as Andre Groult and Paul Poiret.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright is another excellent art deco designer. He was instrumental in fashioning a specifically American tradition of modern decoration upon which American Art Deco was built.

 

If you love Art Deco here are the artists and designers you want to collect ...

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The Antiques Collection features a pair of Rosenthal Art Deco Vases

The Antiques Collection features a pair of Rosenthal Art Deco Vases | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
The Antique Marks Collection presents a fine pair of ROSENTHAL Art Deco Vases signed, decorated with dragons and dating to circa 1930 with detailed continuous scene depicting four Dragons rising from a stormy sea...
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About Antique Clocks - The Mantle Clock ...

About Antique Clocks - The Mantle Clock ... | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Acquiring, repairing, and collecting antique clocks can be a hobby that brings great joy and adds beauty and warmth to any home. A discerning eye and a careful pocketbook can reap great rewards.

 

The Antique Mantle clock can feature classic Greco-Roman columns, lions with rings through their mouths for carrying handles, and exotic scrolled metal feet in the front for display ...

 

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Highlights from Stanfords Native American Paintings Collection

Highlights from Stanfords Native American Paintings Collection | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

At the turn of the last century, traditional Native American arts such as pottery, jewelry and textiles were common in the Pueblo communities and also in demand in the thriving curio markets. But Native American works on paper were rare and not accepted by the national art market.

 

Dorothy Dunn, who founded the studio for art education at the Indian school, promoted her students' work so that Pueblo painting would take its rightful place as one of the fine arts of the world.

 

Exhibitions from the art studio traveled across the United States, including two at Stanford. Well-known artists such as Tonita Peña and Alfonso Roybal, both from the San Ildefonso Pueblo, are represented in Memory and Markets ...

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Identifying Antique Furniture and Furnishings

Identifying Antique Furniture and Furnishings | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
Identifying Antique Furniture is one of the most fascinating sections of antique collecting because many of us do what's most important when collecting antique furniture - We buy what we like.
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Is Collecting Antiques Still A Good Investment?

Is Collecting Antiques Still A Good Investment? | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
The value of antiques is influenced by the number of antique collectors searching for specific types of antiques as well as the available supply of those items.
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The Bay Area's First Antique Sale of 2012

The Bay Area's First Antique Sale of 2012 | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

The Bay Area's Best Source for Estate Auctions Announces The First Sale of 2012. The sale is comprehensive, including Asian porcelains, ivory and jade carvings and Japanese lots; timepieces and gemstone...

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The Antiques Collection featuring the Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl

The Antiques Collection featuring the Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
From the Antique Marks Collection we have a fine Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl by Daisy Makeig Jones circa 1930 with detailed images and examples of Wedgwood porcelain marks...
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Collecting Antique Mantel Clocks

Collecting Antique Mantel Clocks | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
Antique mantel clocks are similar to bracket clocks.

The first mantel clock dates to c1750 & was made in France. English mantel clocks came along about 10 years later.

They were out of the reach of the common person for generations, and it wasn't until the turn of the 19th century that the mantle clock became affordable and began to show up in more homes.
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It's relatively easy to distinguish English mantel clocks from French ones as the English clock usely has a superior mechanism and the quality of the movement will shine through.

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Collecting Carnival Glass .. The Poor Mans Tiffany?

Collecting Carnival Glass .. The Poor Mans Tiffany? | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
Collecting Carnival Glass .. The Poor Mans Tiffany?
In the 1880's Tiffany and other glass companies had been producing high quality iridescent glass, as pressed glass was introduced into the United States.
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There are over 2000 patterns of Carnival glass, and manufacturers would often take advantage of lax copyright laws and copy competitors patterns.

 

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Collecting Poole Pottery - History & Marks

Collecting Poole Pottery - History & Marks | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Set up in 1873 as Carter and Co., by the early twentieth century Poole Pottery began to produce ever more decorative and ornamental pottery. The pottery became highly  collectible and each piece is a unique combination of contemporary design and traditional skills.

 

Understanding Poole Pottery marks is the key to identifying and dating each piece and being able to identify the artists marks will help you decide how collectible a piece of Poole Pottery could be ...

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The Life And Work Of Eileen Gray - Art Deco Artist

The Life And Work Of Eileen Gray - Art Deco Artist | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
Eileen Gray- art deco artist, was born in 1878 and passed away in 1976, she was an artist who was considered substantially ahead of the prevailing times.
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Collecting 90% Silver Profit from Junk Silver Coins

Collecting 90% Silver Profit from Junk Silver Coins | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Off topic but worth knowing ...

 

Silver is constantly gaining popularity as a way for ordinary people to protect their wealth against inflation and the vagaries of a financial crisis. Finding and profiting from junk silver coins is easier than you might think; you might even own some already without realizing it.

Junk Silver in numismatic circle refers to worn previously circulated silver coins minted in the USA before 1965. Junk Silver can be found in US dimes, quarters, halves and dollar coins. These coins contain either 90% or 40% pure silver and are commonly found in your pocket and your spare change jar.

So, how do you collect and profit from Junk Silver? Well, you buy junk silver bags at wholesale prices and once you have collected a reasonable amount of junk silver and are ready to sell, there are a number of options, and each option will have advantages and drawbacks...

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Japanese Imari Porcelain - One to look out for ...

Japanese Imari Porcelain - One to look out for ... | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
Japanese Imari Porcelain, what should the porcelain collector look for? Brilliant colors, clear designs and pleasing forms. Avoid muddy and poorly-painted pieces.

 

Imari is the name given to the world famous Japanese porcelain produced in Arita, Hizen province, modern Saga-prefecture, on the Japanese Island of Kyushu.

 

Imari porcelain was first made in the late Momoyama Early Edo period, at the turn of the 17th century, and collectors should be on the look out for brilliant colours, clear designs and pleasing forms, particularly Fukagawa.

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Wizard Vale Arts - The Get Karen Back to England Sale

Wizard Vale Arts - The Get Karen Back to England Sale | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
I bought this piece from the Crawleys of Horsing Around of the UK, when they purchased the contents of the Royal Worcester porcelain company's factory archives 10 years ago or so. I have a letter from Royal Worcester ...
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Antiques Collection - Spatter Glass Basket

Antiques Collection - Spatter Glass Basket | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it
From the antique-marks collection we have a wonderful Nailsea Glass Basket beautifully formed from various pieces of coloured glass spatter with a clear glass, twisted branch handle.
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80 American Eagle Gold Coins Unearthed in Hackney, England

80 American Eagle Gold Coins Unearthed in Hackney, England | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

As hidden treasures go, the finding of gold coins buried in the earth is not so unusual. In fact, stories of buried treasure concealed deep in the earth to keep it from thieves are very common. Nonetheless this unexpected UK find definitely falls into the strange class since the coins themselves were minted in the American Mint.

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Why Meakin Dinner Service Has high Replacement Value, Low Sale Value

Why Meakin Dinner Service Has high Replacement Value, Low Sale Value | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Meakin set has high replacement value, low sale value. Meakin is a very important name in the history of English ceramics. Alfred, Charles and Henry Meakin all worked in the Staffordshire district at different times, but the set in today's question was made by J. and G. Meakin (named for brothers John and George Meakin), which was founded in 1851 and ran both the Eagle and the Eastwood works in Hanley, Staffordshire.

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Birchwood Manor Antiques Show Is A Fine Start To A New Year

Birchwood Manor Antiques Show Is A Fine Start To A New Year | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

Birchwood Manor Antiques Show was a fine start to a new year. The show held at Birchwood Manor, on January 7th and 8th, offered a select group of fine antiques and vintage items, Among the most interesting one-off pieces at the show was an artist's proof for a tole tray, c1950, that was offered by Vintage Matters, Mount Bethel, Penn. The proof, along with the tray that would dated later, were unique custom pieces built to the individual client's specifications

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WHAT IS THE ANTIQUES INVESTMENT MARKET DOING TODAY?

WHAT IS THE ANTIQUES INVESTMENT MARKET DOING TODAY? | Antique Pottery & Porcelain Marks | Scoop.it

The art and antiques market isn't necessarily as volatile as some financial sectors, but like all businesses, it encounters constantly changing trends. This makes it very difficult to predict what investments will perform better than others.

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