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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
Antique Detective Q & A: Carafes, Pipes and Cards

Antique Detective Q & A: Carafes, Pipes and Cards

By Anne Gilbert    Q. I found this strange, sort of pitcher-shaped object at a local garage sale. It is china and 10” high. On the bottom it is signed “Russel Wright china by Iroquois.” I paid $30 for it, simply because I am beginning to collect vintage and modern. I know Wright was a famous industrial designer of many things. […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Carved Rock Crystal Has Long History

Antique Detective: Carved Rock Crystal Has Long History

By Anne Gilbert    I often write about items that are out of the average persons’ price range, but can be of interest and have collecting possibilities. Carved rock crystal objects are an example. When they show up at estate sales, auctions and specialty antique shops, prices can range from the low hundreds to over a million dollars. Christies and other […]

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective