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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A scarce and most attractive Mid 19th Century Antique Victorian Gaudy Welsh Pottery Sucrier and Cover, the moulded body colourfully decorated in "Columbine" pattern. The hand-painted floral panels reserved within ...
Offered for sale is this 19th Century antique majolica jardiniere.
This is a vintage original Scottish decorative art mother & baby child bust terracotta sculpture. Subject loving mother with her happy baby. It is solid & quite heavy unwrapped weighing ...
This is a large 19th Century antique Canton Famille verte baluster vase.
All of the items that we advertise for sale have been as accurately described as possible and are in ...
This beautiful 19th Century antique Royal Worcester porcelain Tea-bowl and Saucer is painted with exotic birds and insects with gilt decoration.
This is a 19th Century antique set of 4 Rockingham Pottery plates attractively moulded and decorated with floral vignettes and butterflies in green interspersed with richly gilded arabesques, the reverse ...
This is a 19th Century antique Continental porcelain ribbon plate depicting Flower Girl, presented in nice condition mentioned for accuracy professional restoration to rim chip and there is a join ...
This is an Art Nouveau period Moorcroft Florian Ware Daffodils vase. Signed William Moorcroft. Blue, yellow and green bright colours decorated to the surround and inside the flared top.
This is a vintage Continental porcelain pen tray with Rococo shape, beautifully hand painted with summer flowers and accented with richly gilded scrolls. It is presented in very nice condition ...
This is a 19th Century antique porcelain small Dog figurine modelled as a puppy dog on encrusted base. It is presented in nice condition.
Offered for sale are these near pair of Meiji period satsuma vases. One measuring approximately 46cms inches and the other measuring 48cms inches with an approximate diameter of 25cms.
Offered for sale is this Aynsley Fox’s mask which is nicely detailed and well presented with impressed signature and printed back stamp, a rare model.
These are a pair of Wedgwood Pearlware Pottery Butter Boats which are decorated in cobalt blue with a floral pattern. The body’s moulded in relief with foliage. The underside with ...
Offered for sale are these pair of Continental floral cherub bowls. Some minor damage to 2 feet, please see photos.
In good undamaged unrestored condition an 18th Century antique creamware table salt. Stained crazing to bowl.
This is an early Moorcroft 'Big Poppy' flared top vase. Signed William Moorcroft to the base and stamped Burslem. Six flowers to the surround. Beautiful colours and condition.
Attractive Art Deco Royal Doulton stoneware vase by Bessie Newbury. Shouldered vase with tapering body and short collar neck. Stylised floral and foliate design executed using sgraffito and painted techniques. ...
This is an Arts & Crafts period Moorcroft Claremont pattern vase, made for Liberty's. Signed William Moorcroft and stamped Liberty. Twenty five toadstools to the shaped surround on a light ...
This is a rare Moorcroft panelled Florian vase flambe glazed vase on a blue ground. Signed William Moorcroft to the base. Unusual pattern, rarely seen.
A highly decorative Pair of Late 19th Century Antique Japanese Meiji Period Imari Vases and Covers of excellent quality. The overall stylised decoration in a typical Imari palette of iron ...
This is a good Georgian English porcelain teacup and saucer, the cup of bute shape with a ring handle, hand painted in overglaze polychrome enamels with floral sprays and sprigs ...
This is a good Georgian English antique porcelain teacup and saucer, the cup of bute shape with a ring handle, hand painted in overglaze polychrome enamels with floral sprays and ...
This is an early 19th century child's nursery plate, made by Thomas Fell & Co of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, of lead glazed earthenware (pearlware), decorated with a black and white transfer print ...
This is an antique Regency / George IV set of 6 Flight, Barr & Barr Worcester porcelain dessert plates. Each plate is decorated in brown overglaze enamel with a restrained ...
This is a 19th Century Japanese antique Imari porcelain plate. The Meiji period dish of deep circular form with curved circular border and decorated in coloured enamels.
Antique English porcelain jug by Edward Burton from the Staffordshire Potteries, first half of the 19th Century in a very much rococo style beautifully hand painted with floral sprays and ...
This is a beautiful copper lustre Manises bowl with a Maltese cross as the central boss decoration. Repaired.
A highly decorative copper lustre piece of Hispano-moresque ware bearing the Maltese cross ...
A large and fine Cantagalli plate with a fabulous golden lustre glaze dating to the late 19th century. Its central boss is emblazoned with an armorial crest encircled by bands ...
This is a highly decorative 19th Century Hispano-Moresque antique dish with stylised motifs, symbols and vines.
Traditional hand painted Imari or Arita lidded vase from the late 19th century. Baluster form vase with finial detail to lid. Good detail to decoration. Typical Imari colours. This vase is typical ...
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