Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
Copies of Roseville Pottery Landscape water pitchers have shown up in Michigan and Indiana. The new pieces have very unusual blue clouds in the center band. Blue clouds were never used in originals. New pieces also commonly have firing lines on the inside of the pitcher, usually around the handle or in the bottom. New piece are being priced as old at about $100-$145 each.
For the last two years, Arts and Craft styled green glazed Teco and Grueby pottery have been bringing record prices. A 6 Teco vase (Fig. 9) brought $19,550 at Christies 20th-century auction in November 1999. Single color Grueby has been selling for $2,000-$5,000 (two color pieces have sold as high as $34,000).
A fantasy Limoges backstamp has just starting appearing on porcelain reproductions made in China. The new backstamp, is in gold.
The latest Nippon reproductions to hit the market are much more difficult to identify than previous fakes and copies. Many new pieces are now direct copies of old shapes and original patterns. The vast majority of previous reproductions carried look-alike Nippon marks that were relatively easy to identify and warned buyers of an items recent manufacture. Japan
This new 16 vase first showed up at reproduction wholesalers with a Roseville U.S.A. mark on the base. Now the same vase is being offered with a Royal Dux mark. The mark is a raised pink triangle with Royal Dux, Bohemia and an acorn like figure with the letter E. The vase is off white with gold highlights on the woman and flowers. It sold for $25 wholesale.
Including Exact Copies of 19th Century Designs with Dates and Signatures
Six new majolica pitchers have recently been introduced by a New York based importer. They range in height from 5-6 and are decorated in period colors of bright blue, green, mauve, rose and yellows. Like original Victorian majolica, patterns of the new are also based on motifs from nature. These include a heron, flowers, ferns and snail shells. New pieces are slip cast and have holes on the inside where handles join the pitcher.
The so-called "Delft" plaques and plates like the ones in Figs. 1 & 2 can be found everywhere. From booths in "quality controlled" paid admission antique shows to displays on the hoods of pickup trucks near goats and pumpkins at flea markets.
There are a number of new ceramic reamers on the market that could easily confuse uneducated collectors and dealers. The new Hall China and new Red Wing Pottery reamers could prove especially troublesome if they have been slightly altered by unethical sellers.
Until recent years, there were really very few high quality majolica reproductions on the market. The majolica reproductions that were of reasonably good quality were usually sold through museums and generally well marked to avoid any confusion with old originals. But by the mid-1990s more reproduction manufacturers are making majolica, the quality has improved and there are more new pieces which are direct copies of old originals.