Laureate Antiques

Tom, South Bend IN

Fine porcelain and ceramics of the 18th and 19th centuries

Member since 2018

Your trusted assistant for building a collection or decorating.

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About Laureate Antiques

Our Service Pledge
We hope that every buyer will become a repeat customer, so we will do our best at every stage of the process.
About Us
Laureate Antiques
Whether you’re building a collection or searching for that special piece of history to complement your home decor, Laureate Antiques is your trusted assistant. We specialize in British and European ceramics from the 18th century, a time when attention to fine detail and meticulous craftsmanship made even everyday objects beautiful and worthy of admiration. Of special interest for us are items with a story or provenance—some personal history still attached to them. For example, we have a pair of dessert dishes that belonged to King George III when he was Prince of Wales, and a bust of Shakespeare that was personally signed by the sculptor, Enoch Wood, in 1828.

Attributions and Condition
An attribution to a particular maker is based not only on a factory mark but also on the decoration, the shape, the clay, the glaze, etc. If we’re sure about who made a piece, we’ll say so. If we’re not, we’ll offer a considered opinion based on research. Some pieces of early china have come down to us in perfect condition, but most show normal signs of wear and use. Some buyers prefer to have their antiques looking brand new. For us, a museum-style restoration (so that an item looks great on display but not necessarily under a magnifying glass) is allowable, as well as being less costly. If a small flaw can be touched up with a little dab of color to make a piece look perfect on the shelf, we consider that an improvement. Of course, we’ll let you know about any damage or restoration.

Contact Us
Our cataloguer Tom is available most weekday mornings at 574-234-5088, extension 134. (This is his office at school, on East Coast time.) He’s a bit old-fashioned because he doesn’t have a cell phone, so please don’t expect instantaneous replies if you leave a message. Please include your return phone number or email address in your message.

Do you have antique porcelain to sell? We’re always buying—individual items and collections—anything in the field of fine 18th-century porcelain and ceramics. We do our own repairs, so items do not need to be in perfect condition. Contact Tom via Ruby Lane email and he will reply to you directly.

Our Service Pledge
We hope that every buyer will become a repeat customer, so we do our best at every stage of the process.

Payment and Shipping
We prefer Paypal, but we accept checks from those who prefer not to use Paypal. We ship via USPS unless specifically requested otherwise. We have never had any breakage with items we’ve sold, because we pack them with great care. Please note that it is nearly impossible for us to offer expedited or same-day shipping.