Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
There is more new pottery marked McCoy in the market. The latest pieces to be copied are the turtle planter and sprinkler, or water pot. Both new pieces have a molded McCoy mark (Fig. 2) that is virtually identical to marks on vintage pieces.
Recent warnings and rumors about reproductions of Red Wings Town and Country dinnerware by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) have caused needless concern.
There are at least two types of reproduction Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH) cookie jars currently in the market. Ellen Supnick, who with husband Mark wrote, "The Wonderful World of Cookie Jars", says both new jars are a big problem. You'd think word would have gotten out but it hasn't, said, Ellen . Every week we get calls from people who have been victimized for hundreds of dollars.
The large number of Victorian-era ceramic reproductions at times seems overwhelming. There's new majolica, Flow Blue, Blue Willow, stoneware, Staffordshire; the list goes on and on. How can we ever remember them all?
A new Art Nouveau styled vase marked Weller is being sold by a Midwestern reproduction wholesaler.
Van Briggle pottery has been made continuously 1901 until the present day. Dating modern and current pieces can be challenging. The word Original in marks, for example, has been used since the 1920s. Original in the mark indicates a piece was thrown on a wheel rather than poured in a mold. Modern pieces made today with Original in the mark are not particularly more desirable than pieces without the mark.
Here are some examples of the new Iris and Waldorf pattern Flow Blue first reported in the December 2002 issue of ACRN.
Flow Blue, Blue Willow, and Staffordshire Historical Blue are all names of various wares decorated with underglaze transfer designs in cobalt blue. Although limited reproductions of all those types have been made for many years, new blue transferware now occupies entire pages of reproduction wholesale catalogs. Several American wholesalers each sell over 40 new shapes; one English supplier offers nearly 100 pieces. Ironstone.
Chintz ceramics have been produced since the 17th century, most American collectors are looking for the English chintz pottery produced from the 1920s until the late 1950s by factories like Grimwade's (Royal Winton), James Kent, Elijah Cotton (Lord Nelson) and A.G. Richardson (Crown Ducal).
An 8 inch reproduction of a majolica pitcher in a corn pattern is now out in the market. The new can be detected by its hollow handle. Look for holes on the inside of the pitcher where the new handle joins the side wall. Old majolica handles are solid and do not leave a hole where the handles join the body.