Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
As you probably know from recent articles in antiques publications, pottery by Clarice Cliff has been bringing record prices. In recent auctions, teapot have sold for over $3,000; plates, up to $3,300; vases and jugs, $975 to $1,800. Cliff figurines have sold for over $6,000; vases have brought over $10,000.
Original Fulper pottery was made by Fulper Pottery of Flemington, New Jersey. This firm was started in the early 1800's but is best known for its Arts and Craft styled art pottery produced ca. 1909-1930. In 1930, former Fulper superintendent J. Martin Stangl bought Fulper Pottery and shifted the emphasis from art pottery to dinnerware and began marking pieces Stangl. Original Fulper Pottery marks are shown in Fig. 2.
Two marks on new china wares are potentially confusing. Both resemble the general style of marks found on Victorian period pottery from England.
A confusing mark on a reproduction Ringtons Tea jar has been made more confusing.
Shawnee Pottery corn ware Corn King, Corn Queen has been reproduced since at least 1996. Two new pieces, the 73 casserole and 70 cream pitcher, are shown here. Both new pieces are marked the same as original pieces.
Fake dealer signs and a nude Panel wall pocket capitalize on the popularity of art pottery and other items associated with the Roseville company.
Another copycat Nippon mark began appearing on new china in 1995. This copy is of the wreath mark with M in the center in green. A previous imitation of the wreath mark with an hourglass rather than an M in the center and the wreath was upside down was fairly obvious. Although closer to the original, there are still several differences between this new wreath mark and old original wreath marks. Japan
If all the dogs sold as English Staffordshire were really made of English clay, the island of England today would be about the size of a tea caddy. No other Victorian-era collectible--with the possible exception of Currier and Ives prints--has been so heavily and steadily reproduced as these simple faced cottage canines. In Antique Fakes and Reproductions, one of the first books devoted exclusively to fakes first published in 1938, author Ruth Webb Lee devoted six pages of photographs to new Staffordshire figures.
A grocery chain in the Midwest offered new Blue Willow china with a confusing back-stamp. Larger serving pieces carry obviously modern words such as "Dishwasher Safe" but smaller pieces are simply marked "Churchill England Willow".
Back in October 2001, ACRN reported a fake 10-inch porcelain plate advertising J.P. Alleys Hambone 5 Cigars. At that time, no information was available on any old counterparts. A family descendant with connections to the original Hambone brand recently offered ACRN additional information on this subject.