Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
Most pieces of new molded stoneware have been relatively simple shapes such as pitchers, bowls and mugs. Recently, a more sophisticated imitation was made as a complete set of kitchen canisters.
The Hound of the Baskervilles looks like the runt of the litter compared to these new monsters! These mutts are a towering 24-inches tall. Their gigantic size make them more suitable for setting on bridge beams than Victorian mantels.
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.
A new line of stoneware from crocks to bean pots, pantry jars to planters is being made by a firm using the name Red Wing Stoneware Company. This new company is located in Red Wing, Minnesota and uses markings similar to earlier potteries from the same town whose products are widely collected. Unless you are familiar with the specific marks, it would be fairly easy to mistake the name and marks on new production for older collectible pieces.
A reproduction Muncie Pottery bowl in the Ruba Rombic style was on display at the Wisconsin Art Pottery show in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, August 28, 1999. The reproduction is a copy of shape #306 as shown in Muncie's 1929 catalog.
Dining car china is a popular railroad collectible. So popular it's been widely reproduced and reissued for a number of years.
Advanced and beginning buyers alike have recently been fooled by new wall vases with fake Nippon marks. Joan Van Patten (author, Collectors Encyclopedia of Nippon series) was contacted by a number of persons at the recent Nippon convention who admitted to buying the new pieces.
Geisha Girl pattern porcelain derives its name from decorations based on Japanese women surrounded by scenes of traditional Japanese life. These include settings in gardens, near temples and other buildings and by lakes and streams. Geisha Girl porcelain has been made in Japan in various forms from the late 19th century to the 1980s. In 1996, it began to be heavily reproduced in China. This article will explain some of the ways to separate most pre-World War II pieces from the recent reproductions made in China.
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.