In our last installment of our growing catalog of porcelain marks we covered some of the marks of the Sevres China manufacturers of the late 18th century. Today’s list covers the first half of the 19th. This list is far from complete but you have to start somewhere. Be sure to . . . → Read More: Sevres China Marks Part II: 1810-1850
The best china pieces to come from the famous Sevres region of France were made during the second half of the 18th century. It is widely held that the quality of Serves porcelain began to drop just before 1800.
Not to suggest that Sevres china from after that are junk; . . . → Read More: Sevres China Marks
Once Josiah Wedgwood ended his partnership with Thomas Whieldon and struck out on his own his career began to truly hit its stride. The shop he rented from his uncles, the Ivy Works, was soon too small to hold his expanding business. Wedgwood turned out innovation after innovation. The plates, pots, and bowls . . . → Read More: Josiah Wedgwood Part II: Queen Charlotte’s Potter
Wedgwood was a family name long before it came as close as any surname can to being synonymous with a craft. Josiah Wedgwood was not even the first potter to bare the name. His great-great-grandfather, Gilbert is described in a surviving document as a master potter. The man that would eventually be credited . . . → Read More: Josiah Wedgwood : First Name in Pottery and Porcelain Part I
One of the great pleasures of owning old china and porcelain is that unlike many antiques, you get to use it in the same manner as the first hands that held it. It is a wonderful sensation to take a moment at a holiday dinner served on old china and contemplate the . . . → Read More: Mending Antique China Plates: A Clean Break