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Precious pots raised from the deep

March 4th, 2009 · No Comments

the Ca Mau was engulfed by an intense fire while sailing 90 miles south of Canton on its way to the Malaysian archipelago.
The fire, burning at 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, may have started in the kitchen as cast iron cooking pots were found welded together.
The heat was so intense that it fused together some pieces of its precious cargo.
The junk lay undisturbed for more than 280 years until, in 1998, two Vietnamese fishermen snagged their nets on some of the porcelain and began to haul it from the deep.
Before the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information stepped in, the fishermen had managed to bring to the surface over 30,000 pieces.
In 2005, the Vietnamese government decided to sell a proportion of the 130,000 pieces that had been salvaged and sent 76,000 to auction at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam.
The sale over three days in January 2007 saw the Ca Mau finally unload its cargo to an eager market in the West after a gap of two centuries.

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Tags: Chinese · Porcelain · Pottery

So, farewell then wonderful Wedgwood

February 10th, 2009 · 7 Comments

So, farewell then wonderful Wedgwood (at least in the form we know it today). You will be sorely missed … Last week, and with virtually the same words, this column mourned the passing of Woolworths.
Now another great institution is on the ropes. Venture capitalists circle over the Barlaston works, enticed by Receivers who will be the only winners in the game, while a talented workforce of Staffordshire potters nervously awaits its fate.
Founded by the great Josiah in 1759, Wedgwood once produced wares that everyone wanted to buy from Catherine the Great to people like my parents who just wanted a smart Sunday best teaset. Not any more it seems.

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Tags: Ceramics · Porcelain · Pottery · Wedgwood

Mysteries of Moorcroft mean money in the bank

October 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments

The ceramic term tube-lining is not unlike the process of piping decoration on to an iced cake. But the simplicity of the technique and the way it is explained, belies the enormity of the task. Moocroft’s decorators were among the most profocoent.

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Why not start to collect 20th Century Ceramics?

October 19th, 2007 · 16 Comments

Technorati Tags: Ceramics , Collecting , 20th century YOU’VE SEEN them at countless car boot sales, and you’ve been embarrassed when you’ve  asked the stallholder how much he wants for the naff set of NatWest piggy banks, the SylvaC bunnies or the preserve pots shaped like onions modelled with faces on the sides. Click here […]

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Tags: Book Reviews · Ceramics · Pottery · Royal Doulton

There’s more to Portmeirion than The Prisoner

October 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Technorati Tags: Portmeirion , Pottery , Book review LIKE thousands of other schoolboys my age, I was introduced to the gloriously idiosyncratic folly that is Portmeirion by the equally bizarre ITV series The Prisoner. Not only did I want to live there, I wanted a Lotus Super Seven as driven by the star of the […]

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Tags: Book Reviews · Portmeirion · Pottery

Highland gems

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

If you don’t know about “bickers”, “luggies”, “spongeware” or “hookies”, read on. Before 19th century industrialisation brought mass-produced consumer goods within the reach of everyone, communities relied on artisan craftsmen for their household tools and decorative knickknacks. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Scotland which has a long history of traditional crafts that are […]

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Tags: Ceramics · Furniture · Pottery · Scotland

Piggies can fly

July 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

In this, the last in a trilogy of columns about collecting Scottish antiques, I though I’d try to discover why these two pot pigs sold recently for £34,800 – each!. It surprised even the auctioneers, who were expecting winning bids of around £10,000, not a new world record auction price. Interestingly enough, I once watched […]

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Tags: Ceramics · Decorative Arts · Pottery · Scotland

Beatrix Potter: read the book, see the film, buy the Beswick figure

January 8th, 2007 · 5 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove© Lovers and collectors of antiques, I urge you to see Miss Potter, the movie starring Renee Zellwegger detailing the life of Beatrix Potter. Go … now … I’ll pay! It’s a beautiful film, not least for the stunning Lake District countryside in which much of it is set and, of course the […]

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Tags: Beatrix Potter · Beswick · Pottery

Minton’s Secessionist Ware is an epitaph to designer Leon Solon

May 10th, 2006 · 4 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©In the post preceding this I wrote about porcelain decorated with magical images made at the Minton factory by French émigré Louis Solon. But that’s only half the story. Louis had a son, Leon, born in Stoke-on-Trent, so he had china clay in his blood. Léon’s innovations earned him his own place in […]

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Tags: Ceramics · Minton · Porcelain · Pottery

Minton pâte-sur-pâte – antique porcelain that’s prized by collectors

May 3rd, 2006 · 3 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove© Minton master potter Louis Solon was livid. Returning home from Minton’s Staffordshire Potteries works one day, to his horror, he found that his maid had blackleaded the fireplace. No big deal, you might think. On the contrary, beneath the gunge were tiles Solon had decorated with an experimental glaze technique over which […]

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Tags: Minton · Porcelain · Pottery

Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures – the perfect collectable Easter gifts

April 14th, 2006 · 9 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove© Ever eager to keep these columns current, I felt compelled to find something to do with Easter. Inspiration came following a local auction sale in which this trio of pottery Bunnykins figures were offered. In the event, they were knocked down for a staggering total of £2,810. If nothing else, the sale […]

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Tags: Bunnykins · Ceramics · Pottery · Royal Doulton

Charles Vyse: the studio potter who revived Tang glaze techniques

April 10th, 2006 · No Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Biscuit, the old family cat, is driving us crazy. Not only does she have the finicky eating habits of a two-year-old, but she’s also shedding her thick winter coat like fur was going out of fashion. Next time we get a cat it will […]

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Tags: Charles Vyse · Pottery · Tang

Chinese Tang figures – antiquities with a collectable afterlife

March 31st, 2006 · 2 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Collectors of ancient Chinese artefacts owe everything to the death rituals of society during the period. Like the Egyptians, the Chinese held strong beliefs about the afterlife. The wealthy and privileged members of Tang society, a Golden Age which lasted from 618-907 AD, took […]

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Tags: Chinese · Pottery · Tang

Antique Welsh pottery – gorgeous Gaudy relics of a lost art

March 27th, 2006 · 6 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Our house move to the North Wales coast has introduced us to a whole new hunting ground for weekend antiquing excursions and we braved the recent blizzards to visit a new fair at the Llandudno Junction leisure centre. Sadly, the weather had beaten a […]

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Tags: Gaudy Welsh · Pottery · Welsh

Louis Wain’s lucky pot cats now coveted collectors’ items

February 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Trash, or treasure? Certainly, the weird pottery vase illustrated here is not everyone’s cup of tea, but fortunately, the family who came across it in the home of a relative who had just died were taking no chances. No one liked it but instead […]

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Clarice Cliff: doyenne of ceramic designers whose work is still fresh

December 8th, 2005 · No Comments

by Christopher Proudlove�Espa�ol | Deutsche | Fran�ais | Italiano | Portugu�s We tend not to think about it but given time, antiques collectors will look back on the first few decades of the 21st Century and marvel at how life was then, probably in much the same way that we do today about the 1920s […]

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Tags: Art Deco · Ceramics · Clarice Cliff · Pottery

History in an antique: every collector jug tells a story

November 28th, 2005 · 38 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove�Espa�ol | Deutsche | Fran�ais | Italiano | Portugu�s One of the joys of collecting is talking to other collectors, so it was a pleasure to receive an e-mail this week from someone in Bala who wanted advice about a rather smart antique pottery jug. That’s Bala, Ontario, not the lakeside village in […]

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Tags: Ceramics · Pottery · Ridgway

Della Robbia – daringly different Art Pottery

November 7th, 2005 · 6 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português They were either muddle-headed eccentrics or else hard-nosed entrepreneurs but the art potters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries had the same aim: at a time when new techniques and advances in machine technology made mass-produced pottery a reality, they sought to […]

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Troika – pottery for collectors, but from Devon with love

September 5th, 2005 · 13 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Minds greater than ours have long debated whether or not the present spate of television programmes devoted to buying, selling and collecting antiques is doing the business any good, but I have to admit that they can become addictive. Whilst not exactly required viewing […]

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Moorcroft – it’s a tradition

January 15th, 2005 · 4 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove© What do Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Rod Stewart, Estée Lauder boss Leonard Lauder and the Sultan of Brunei have in common? Answer: They all collect Moorcroft Pottery. And they’re not alone. Today, Moorcroft both old and new is more collectable – and collected – than ever. The Moorcroft Collector’s Club was founded […]

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