Searching for Porcelain & Pottery (138)
At least one well known Weller Pottery Coppertone shape is being copied. The new vase in Fig. 1 with figural frogs and lily pads was purchased recently at a retail store for $16.99. It was obviously copied from the original ca. 1920-30's Coppertone vase in Fig. 2. Originals have sold for $500 to $1000+ depending on glaze, marks and artist signatures.
The first reproduction of Wedgwood's Victorian era pineapple and fruit majolica umbrella holder was shown in ACRN, October, 1996. Now another copy has been made in the same pattern with some improvements.
Most collectibles have some means of identification: factory mark, catalog shape, reference books, specific finishes or color. Van Briggle Pottery, however, often requires a close examination of more than just one characteristic.
Delft has been a standard inventory item for reproduction wholesalers and importers for years. Many pieces have remained unchanged in their catalogs since the mid 20th century. Many new pieces carry confusing marks that seem to suggest age and qualty.
Joan Van Patten (author Collectors Encyclopedia of Nippon Porcelain series) has provided more information on Nippon reproductions.
Chintz a generic name for primarily English china decorated all over flowers has been bringing record prices the last three years.
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.
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.
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.
Original Watt Pottery cookie jars have been selling in the $1,500 price range for years. The earliest confirmed reproductions date to September 1996 but may have been available earlier. Distribution of this fake followed the pattern of earlier Watt Pottery reproductions. They showed up first in New England states including the Brimfield markets, then locations in the south east such as Spartanburg, South Carolina. Wholesale prices to dealers were about $60; the fakes sold to unsuspecting collectors for around $500 each.