Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
We recently bought this matched set of figural Deco-looking bookends at an antique mall. They are molded ceramic with a white glaze; 6 tall by 4 wide. The only mark is a removable 'Made in Japan' paper label with the copyright of Sigma Taste Setter. Neither retail or wholesale source is currently known.
One of Wright's best known commissions was the Susan Lawrence Dana house. Wright created most of the interior accessories as well as the house.
Dining car china is a popular railroad collectible. So popular it's been widely reproduced and reissued for a number of years.
The continuing flood of reproductions pouring in from China now includes copies of Victorian majolica. Unlike most previous foreign made majolica reproductions, the majority of new Chinese pieces are close copies of specific originals. Beginning collectors or dealers with little experience in original majolica could easily confuse new for old if they only rely on photographs in books for authentication. This article will show buyers basic construction features to help them avoid the new Chinese reproductions.
A new 10 porcelain plate advertising cigars began appearing in this last summer. The handpainted decoration features a black pilot in an early airplane. New plates have fake marks on the back similar to original marks used by Buffalo Pottery Co. of Buffalo, New York, a highly collectible American pottery.
The same studio that made reproductions resembling Newcomb Pottery (see ACRN June 1999) has also reproduced designs virtually identical to those made famous by Grueby Pottery.
More bisque pieces from original molds owned by The German Doll Company (GDC) continue to appear in the market. GDC is a present-day company formed in 1998. They have purchased a large cache of original molds from turn-of-the-century German porcelain factories and have been putting the molds back in production. New products have the same molded marks as original pieces such as Germany and various four digit numbers.
Advertising and premiums of the Sleepy Eye Milling Company are highly collectible. Although best known for a series of blue and white stoneware premiums, there are many collectibles featuring their famous trademark, the portrait of Old Sleepy Eye, a Sioux chief.
A Kansas City potter is throwing miniature stoneware advertising jugs virtually identical to old originals.
Chintz a generic name for primarily English china decorated all over flowers has been bringing record prices the last three years.