Antique ceramics are undoubtedly charming and the perfect subject to start up an antique collection. An abundant amount of ceramics on the market were made during the Victorian period and the beginning of the 20th Century, however, the history of ceramics can be dated back thousands of years where the first form of ceramics were earthenware, pots and vessels and were made from clay.
Antique ceramics come in many art forms including figurines; tableware; tiles and sculptures and particularly decorative pieces in some cases, can be highly sought after. Ceramic art is apparent across an array of cultures and can be traced from Ancient China, across the Far East and Europe throughout the ages.
As ceramic manufacture spread throughout Europe, France produced some of the best soft-paste porcelain, by the 18th Century Europe was as successful as China in its porcelain production. Hard paste porcelain originated in Germany in a factory at Meissen in 1710, it was here the porcelain figurine was created, at the same time bone china began to be produced in English potteries.
There are three predominate types of ceramic material, these are earthenware ceramics, stoneware ceramics and porcelain ceramics. Porcelain made in the west is generally categorized into hard paste porcelain, soft paste porcelain and bone china and decoration is either underglaze, overglaze, printed or painted.
The word ‘ceramics’ originates from the Greek word ‘keramikos’, which translates to ‘pottery’. This is not to say that the most desirable ceramics are Greek; ceramic art developed in the majority of cultures and many of the most desirable collectables and designers of antique ceramics are British.
Antique ceramics by designers such as Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Minton and Royal Derby are all wise investments as the antique ceramics produced by these designers were often crafted by highly skilled artists. Their ceramics were often delicate and their beauty entrancing.
These companies are still popular today and their pieces highly desirable. Minton for example is extremely valuable and is considered the top end of antique ceramics. Their ‘pate-sur-pate’ collection can reach astronomical prices; they are considered one of the ceramic world’s finest wonders. For attractive figurines, Royal Worcester and Royal Doulton are leaders in the field, whereas Royal Derby have produced some fine tableware.
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Hand painted shape 1969 vase by H Ayrton. All round painted with Peaches and Apples. Lovely condition with deep colour.
Hand painted by J Freeman with peaches and apples. Great condition with inner and outer covers. Good colour.
A fascinating mix of styles in this unusual Minton porcelain vase with clear Aesthetic movement influences in the Japanese style decoration to the body of the vase with cloisonne style ...
This marvellous creation is in the typical Nautilus shell spoon warmer shape, but the body is made of porcelain unlike most spoon warmers which are all of silver or silver ...
A large Derby figure of Winter ("Vulcan") after the series by Meissen modelled by Johann Friedrich Eberlein. Standing on a scrolled base, it depicts a man with a beard and ...
Antique Royal Worcester Aesthetic Period Oriental Porcelain Bowl. Skill fully modelled the bowl as a open Lotus Flower the base constructed from intertwined Lotus flowers and foliage, hand painted in ...
Offered for sale is this large lidded mid Century ceramic ginger jar with floral and foliage decoration.
Striking Secessionist style art vase from the Bretby Pottery c1910. Ovoid body with slender neck and flared rim spanned by twined handles. Stippled effect red-earth coloured glaze over a paler ...
R. Delinieres & co Limoges Porcelain Bowl & Dish circa 1900
delightfully modelled and shaped the salmon coloured border
ground richly decorated with floral gilded features both bowl
and dish ...
Decorative George Jones majolica server tray with moulded leaves and blossom set against a turquoise ground with ochre yellow rim. Mounted with a sweet little thrush bird standing on a ...
Small Prattware mug, Condition: Good with some crazing but no cracks, chips or restoration.
This is a 19th Century antique beech & hancock double handled cup Decorated in the Dancing Girl pattern. Condition: Discolouration and crazing but no chips, cracks or restoration.
This is a 19th Century antique Oriental pottery censer. The pierced reticulated cover colourfully enamelled and gilded with flowers midst clouds, surmounted by a mythical animal figure flanked by two ...
Beautifully decorated Art Nouveau Royal Doulton stoneware vase by Frank Butler. Elongated shouldered vase with narrow foot and long neck with everted rim. Stylised tubeline design encircling the body on ...
Antique Chinese Porcelain Thousand Butterfly's Bowl colourfully enamelled and finely hand painted with Butterfly species.
It is presented in good condition.
Antique Chinese Porcelain Vase which is finely hand decorated with oreintal figures beautifully hand painted in great detail in lovely enamels and very richly gilded. Qianlong Period. The vase itself ...
Antique Oriental Imari Porcelain Temple Jar and Lid decorated in cobalt blue and iron red with stylised foliage. The vase is presented in very nice condition, mentioned for accuracy small ...
A very nice large Caughley porcelain 1 1/2 pint porcelain beer mug printed in the Parrot Pecking Fruit pattern with geometric frieze border running inside and outside the rim. It ...
Pair of Art Nouveau Linthorpe Ewers Vases with beautiful turquise colour exterior and musturd yellow interior.
height 7.25" (18cm)
Diameter 4" (10cm)
All of the items that we advertise for sale have ...
This is a stylish large Royal Doulton Stoneware Vase.
This is an early 19th Century Spode blue and white meat platter, transfer decorated with a chinoiserie landscape, printed mark, 52.5cm W. Condition: Very good, no cracks, chips or restoration.
This is a very good example of English majolica from its heyday, with a striking design absolutely typical of the Aesthetic movement, using Japanese inspired motifs of fans, birds ...
This is a fine example of Richard Joyce's work. Joyce's work-principally fish, animal and bird designs-reflect the influences of Japanese conventions. Born in Derbyshire in 1873, he studied at the ...
This charming figurine was designed to function as a spill holder, the boy's fishing net being the receptacle for spills. The young boy sits on a rock, balancing his fishing ...
This is a wonderful large vase by "le Poete de Grés" from his period at Armentières near Beauvais. At this time Delaherche, having achieved many accolades for his innovative design ...
This impressive vase is a late production of the Sunflower Art Pottery founded and run by Sir Edmund Elton at Clevedon, North Somerset.
The vase has bright dribbled glazes and a ...
Here is a great example of the" Leopard Skin" ware which Harry Simeon designed for Doulton Lambeth in about 1910. The ware is salt glazed stoneware, and it has ...
This complex and unusual vase is the early work of Edith Rogers, a Doulton designer and decorator whose work is not often found, particularly as she only worked for Doulton ...
This is a wonderful lustre dish designed by Richard Joyce, with his monogram and Pilkington Lancastrian marks to the base for 1924-29.
With a rare "seaweed" glaze, and the body of ...
This large Martin Brothers jug is a typical and also very well made example of the brother's work during their productive middle years, beautifully potted and very well decorated. The ...
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