Other Antique Ceramics & Porcelain

Other Antique Ceramics & Porcelain

Sculpture We cover the origins, history and development of sculpture in bronze, stone, marble, bronze, clay, and wood. For a chronological outline of the plastic arts, see: In addition, we cover column statues and other architectural stonework by the great stone-masons and bronze-workers associated with Italian Renaissance sculpture , as well as Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic sculpture. We look at equestrian statues, bas-relief and haut-relief sculptures by artists like Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, and Andrea del Verrocchio, along with marbles and bronzes by carvers like Michelangelo, Bernini, Antonio Canova and Rodin. Architecture and Design We cover the history of architecture from the earliest human civilizations. This includes a review of Ancient Egyptian architecture 3, BCE – CE ; as well as Greek architecture exemplified by the Parthenon , and Roman architecture, characterized by its arches, vaulting and use of concrete; the soaring arches and stained glass art of Gothic architecture , illustrated by Chartres Cathedral; Baroque architecture 17th century exemplified by Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Palace of Versailles built c. Coming soon is our brand new series of biographies on the greatest architects from around the world, including:

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All works are from the artist’s lifetime with exception of Otto Gutfreund’s Don Quixote. These are just a few examples from the website of the many artists we currently own and are for sale These works cover Art Nouveau , Symbolist , Expressionist , Impressionist and Art Deco. Many of these sculptures are unique and others were cast in very limited quantities. Sothebys and Christies have had great success in the last two years in their sale rooms with Czech sculpture and paintings and for the last 12 years we have pioneered Czech sculpture and paintings circa on our website and gallery and our store fronts on Artnet and Artprice.

For more information email or call us: Vilim Amort also taught sculpture at an art school in the city, run by the painter Rabenal.

19th century Paris Samson Sevres Style Plate -Signed Gaultiers Beautiful Sevres style cabinet plate, hand painted and signed Gaultiers. With the letter mark BB inside the interlinking L’s dating it to , if indeed a true Sevres plate.

History of the pottery[ edit ] Former kiln of the pottery Records show that a potworks making utilitarian earthenware for the local market existed on the site in This passed through the hands of several owners including being linked for some time with the Leeds Pottery, until ownership eventually passed into the hands of the local Brameld family in After this time the Pottery was barely profitable and continued through considerable assistance from the Earl.

By the pottery was bankrupt. However the Bramelds’ experiments with porcelain had just come to fruition and the Earl was impressed by the potential of the new products. He bailed out the pottery and allowed his family’s crest and name to be used by the pottery. Orders from royalty lead to use of the sub-title “Manufacturer to the King” from Unfortunately the Brameld family were more ceramic artists than businessmen:

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There has been the suggestion that Planche may have supplied china to William Duesbury in London for decorating, and this led to the later partnership referred to above. Whether true or not, the formation of the partnership marks the start of the real history of china manufacture in Derby. The factory was established on the Nottingham Road. The partnership was immediately successful and within a short period large quantities of good quality china were being dispatched to eager markets in London to be sold by their Factor, a Mr.

Williams, at his warehouse at Craig’s Court, Charing Cross. Most china making was at Derby with mainly decoration at the Chelsea factory and Duesbury closed the Chelsea factory in moving the plant, equipment and most of the staff to the Derby site.

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However, there are groups of porcelain marks that are identified based on the location of the maker rather than the actual company, which can be confusing. This is particularly true for certain regions in the world that have a rich tradition in porcelain making, usually because there are several factories or studios in the area. One of the most famous such regions is Dresden and Meissen. These names represent specific towns in the Saxony region of Germany previously Poland and this misnomer is partly explained by the very history of the first indigenous appearance of porcelain in Europe, and especially by how its production spread from that region thereafter.

White porcelain as we know it today, was first invented by the Chinese, some say as early as BC. Since then and for a very long time, Europeans tried to recreate this superb white substance that is malleable enough to allow forming elaborate objects but becomes hard, and still very white, after firing in a Kiln. Clay and terracotta were well known since the ancient Greek times, thousands of years before porcelain entered the scene, but the sparkling whiteness of porcelain was much more desired – and elusive.

As a consequence, porcelain was imported in large numbers from China and Japan, who had also mastered the art of porcelain early on, and became the prized possessions of many an Aristocrat or Royal Palaces in Europe. This took place between and

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I like queries like this because you have done a certain amount of research for yourself and have got quite a long way forward. Identifying obscure pottery marks is a very specialist area and often needs expert input. Not being an expert in this area, I can but give you my penny’s worth. I have written a special search page which should assist you in your quest to identify your porcelain wares or china collection:

The Samson Factory is known for its production of numerous quality copies of Chantilly French porcelain pieces, complete with the red hunting horn mark. Samsom porcelain is of high quality in its own right, but is worth far less than the original Chantilly pieces, and is shunned by many for lack of integrity in its markings.

Henry Cole , the museum’s first director Frieze detail from internal courtyard showing Queen Victoria in front of the Great Exhibition. At this stage the collections covered both applied art and science. In the German architect Gottfried Semper , at the request of Cole, produced a design for the museum, but it was rejected by the Board of Trade as too expensive. This was to enable in the words of Cole “to ascertain practically what hours are most convenient to the working classes” [16] —this was linked to the use of the collections of both applied art and science as educational resources to help boost productive industry.

This led to the transfer to the museum of the School of Design that had been founded in at Somerset House; after the transfer it was referred to as the Art School or Art Training School, later to become the Royal College of Art which finally achieved full independence in From the s to the s the scientific collections had been moved from the main museum site to various improvised galleries to the west of Exhibition Road.

It was during this ceremony that the change of name from the South Kensington Museum to the Victoria and Albert Museum was made public. Queen Victoria’s address during the ceremony, as recorded in the London Gazette , ended: By most of the collections had been returned to the museum.


The practice of identifying the maker of a pot by marking the base dates back to at least Roman times, but the first modern factory mark appeared in 16th century Europe. The crossed swords painted on Meissen porcelain from helped to spread the practice. In France, porcelain makers were required by law to register a mark from on, but in other countries marks had no official status.

As a result, while the top makers usually, but not always, identified their pieces, others either left their wares unmarked, in the hope that they would be mistaken for something better, or shamelessly put on copies, or near relations, of famous marks. The crossed swords of Meissen, interlaced Ls of Sevres and crescent of Worcester were all widely copied in the 18th century and beyond.

The porcelain paste and glaze are distinctly Chinese. The enamels with the exception of the later added rose-red wash, are exactly what I would ant to see on a late 18th-early 19th C Famille Rose Chinese porcelain.

Porcelain Collector Dolls Antique China dolls were made by various, mostly German companies from to the s. Glazed porcelain China head dolls unglazed porcelain dolls are referred to as Parian dolls are usually found on a wood, cloth or kid body with some dolls having partial China limbs as well. Most China dolls found, have molded painted hair, but some have a wig over a solid bald dome head.

China head dolls range in size from a tiny 3 inches to a big and very heavy 40 inches tall. China head dolls are usually unmarked, some may have a mold number or doll makers mark on the back of the neck or on the shoulder plate, thus it can be impossible to pinpoint the doll maker, so dolls are described and identified by the type of hairstyle. As hairstyles changed over the long history of China head doll making, dolls changed too, which gives us a clue to their dating.

Shown left above is a China head doll hairstyle known as Countess Dagmar ca. The photo on the right is of a Sophia or Lydia head – in other words it’s close to both hairstyles.


Our painting describes an episode in the Old Testament in which Dalila betrays Sanson. She shaved her seven braids. In doing so, she deprived him of his Herculean strength and so gave it to the Philistines to burn his eyes. Symbol of the temptress woman Dalila is represented naked and seems a priori very satisfied with her triumph.

Porcelain de Paris is to France what Thuringia is to Germany or Staffordshire to England. Really more of a regional name than that of a specific maker.

We are at the receiving end of faking, today to be sure, China itself is also feeling the damage! The Chinese government is doing little about the situation, up oto now. However, this page shall set the record straight regarding copying of porcelain. The Europeans were actually the first to imitate porcelain – they copied Chinese porcelain! Sometimes Chinese motifs were copied down to the tiniest details. European porcelain copies bearing Chinese motifs and decorations were made from very early on.

Soon after it entered Europe for the first time, Chinese porcelain became the rage and Europe’s craftsmen tried to imitate it.

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