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Antique Detective: Knowing Ceramics Affects Value

Antique Detective: Knowing Ceramics Affects Value

By Anne Gilbert    Confusion reigns for the many beginning collectors of ceramic items. Much of my reader mail calls everything “china.” Actually they may be referring to one of the three major categories: earthenware, stoneware or porcelain. Each of these in turn break down into various techniques. For instance porcelain can be bone china, English soft past or Chinese hard […]

by · May 31, 2020 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Antique Inkwells and Stands Made In Many Forms

Antique Detective: Antique Inkwells and Stands Made In Many Forms

By Anne Gilbert    Old inkwells and inkstands may not be used these days for their original purpose but have been rediscovered as decorative and collectible. While common, utilitarian pieces can be had for one hundred dollars or less, unique examples are pricey. A good example is an art Nouveaus, patinated bronze, 1905 Tiffany Studios inkwell cast as a crab. The […]

by · May 1, 2020 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Chinese Painted Enamel Objects Colorful and Costly

Antique Detective: Chinese Painted Enamel Objects Colorful and Costly

By Anne Gilbert    The first thing that catches your eye are the vivid colors. Next, that even though the object appears to be porcelain it is entirely something else. A tap of your finger tells you it is metal with a painted enamel glaze. You are looking at an example of Chinese painted enamels. Back in the 1970s, 80s it […]

by · April 1, 2020 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Too Many Chinese Porcelains Coming to Auction

Antique Detective: Too Many Chinese Porcelains Coming to Auction

By Anne Gilbert    When you see hundreds of items in the same category coming to auction you know something funny is going on. A case in point are Chinese porcelain objects, some supposedly antiquities. Many labeled as “vintage.”    For the last three years the Chinese porcelain market was “hot.” The Chinese were spending big Yen, buying back old porcelains. American […]

by · April 1, 2020 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Q & A: Inkwells, Advertising Tins, Aprons

Q & A: Inkwells, Advertising Tins, Aprons

By Anne Gilbert    Q. This bronze dog inkwell was always on top of my late fathers’ desk. It is now on my office desk top. I plan to leave it to my son and would like to know something about it. Is it really bronze? There is no signature. It measures approximately 5 ¼” x 2 ½” long and 2 […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · Antique Detective