Antiques & Art
inJuly 11, 2012 - 6:48am
There is an emerging new reproduction field emerging from some of the popular auction sites that the collector needs to be aware of; Authentic old glass of a lower caliber (as a general rule) that has been newly gilded by do-it-yourself forgers. The patterns tend to mimic fine glass houses such as Webb, Stevens and Williams and Harrach but lack the fine detail of the authentic old pieces. It is especially tricky because the first thing the collector tends to look at is – Is it old glass? But then they neglect to pay a lot of attention to the gilding. Gilded pieces are worth a hefty premium over their unadorned cousins so forgers have found this a lucrative field.
The decoration will appear brighter in the newly decorated pieces than the older as a general rule. The detail tends to be gloppy and the insects do not have the fine attention to detail that the Victorians were so keen on.
inJuly 10, 2012 - 6:54am
Antique paintings on porcelain plaques are reaching record prices these days. They have the great advantage, when compared to paintings on canvas or wood surfaces, of retaining their original color and texture indefinitely. Paintings on porcelain appear as fresh and as vibrant as the day they were painted, even after one hundred years or more. By definition, they tend to be small, sometimes miniatures, as larger plaques were prone to breaking during the firing process necessary to set the paint permanently onto porcelain. Their subject matter was mostly copies of well-known and desirable paintings by renowned artists of the time or old masters. Porcelain manufacturers such as KPM and Hutschenreuther sold blank porcelain plaques to porcelain decorating studios or independent painters who specialized in this kind of work. In other words, the painting itself was not done by the porcelain maker’s in-house artists. KPM plaques can be recognized by the KPM initials and scepter mark on the reverse. Hutschenreuther marked some its plaques with the letters CMHR inside a shield or circle. Unmarked Hutschenreuther plaques can be recognized by their size coding system: a three digit code for rectangular plaques and two digits for oval plaques.
inJune 20, 2012 - 6:37am
On June 20, 1837, Alexandrina Victoria, heiress presumptive to the throne, became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Her uncle, King William IV, had expressed his displeasure at the Regency Act of 1830 and, in 1836, had vowed to stay alive until Victoria was 18 years old. This would allow her to assume the throne without a Regent to guide her actions. True to his vow, William died in the early morning hours of June 20. Victoria had turned 18 on March 24.
inJune 1, 2012 - 3:56am
The Meadow Visitors pattern is an exquisite early pattern of Haviland Limoges. Usually it is difficult to locate pieces of this special pattern unless one happens upon a life long collection of a Meadow Visitors enthusiast . This early and unique pattern of Haviland dates to 1876 - 1899 and has been identified by Arlene Schleiger as #1155. Each piece of Haviland Meadow Visitors features different grasses and flowers along with butterflies and sometimes birds and is highlighted with hand touched enamel accents. We are always excited to see the unique and various combinations of butterflies and birds placed so creatively on this china.
inMay 16, 2012 - 11:10am
The interior designer brings his brand of old-world sophistication to the Los Angeles mansion where he spent his childhood, Click here to read full article.