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  • Fact Check: What Are The Primary Types of Porcelain?  By :
    There are two primary types of Porcelain, with a third distinguished by nomenclature when a specific additive to a basic formula is included:
  • The Dinnerware of Presidents - Lennoc China  By : Brent Moody
    Lenox was started in 1889 by its founder Walter Scott Lennox. Born in Trenton NJ in 1859, the foremost center for the American Ceramics industry in that time, Walter Lennox combined his interest in drawing and clay and began working at a pottery plant as a designer and decorator at 16 years old.
  • Identifying Sevres Porcelain  By :
    Established at Chateau de Vincennes in 1738, where the soft paste porcelain formula was only used in manufacture, as a Royal Manufactury under Louis XV the porcelain factory was moved to larger quarters in the village of Sevres, about 6 miles southwest of the center of Paris, in 1756. The King’s new factory began its production at the very same time that Saxony became embroiled in the Seven Years War (1756 – 1763) resulting in the closing of the Meissen factory for a time.
  • Is it Flow Blue China?  By : Judith McAllister
    Many manufacturers experimented with the blue flow glaze trying to perfect the cobalt blue color by adding other pigments to the mix. This made grayer, lighter, or even blacker shades of blue. Today, some collectors prefer the gray or black colors. Flow blue plates are turned over to determine if the blue is on the bottom because the glaze does not go through the china. If a broken piece of china is examined, you will observe the color does not penetrate through the piece.
  • Royal Vienna and the Beehive Mark: Real or Fake?  By :
    It turns out that the term Royal Vienna and the “beehive” mark occur frequently on fine Porcelain and China pieces, mostly on items of decorative appeal. Yet, in our research, we have often found that there are several meanings attached. To begin with, there is not and never was a company or factory called "Royal Vienna." Many Collectors have used this term to refer to the “Imperial and Royal Porcelain Manufactory" in Vienna, Austria, and in operation ca 1718 - 1864 only.
  • Important Factors to Remember When Purchasing French Limoges Boxes  By : Vivianne Smith
    Collectible French Limoges boxes come in a wide variety of shapes and themes. Collectors always enjoy obtaining new pieces to enhance their collection. Having a trustworthy source is very important to ensure quality and authenticity.
  • Porcelain - Transfer Print or Hand Painted?  By :
    A common error made by individuals new to handling decorated porcelain is mistaking transfer printing for hand painting. A transfer print can fool the untrained eye, mistaking it for hand painting. Mistakes occur because the lovely portrait or floral image under examination is either well made or because the bottom of the piece is stamped, 'Hand Painted' when it is not, or when it is only partially hand painted.
  • Interpreting Makers Marks on China and Porcelain  By :
    Many experienced collectors and dealers of pottery say it is important to not only research the mark or backstamp but to consider the shape, decoration, and type of ware as well, before coming to a definitive conclusion as to maker. For example, if an item is said to be a Staffordshire pottery spill vase, circa 1850, yet the piece is made of hard paste porcelain – we know this is a fake because Staffordshire pottery was not made from hard paste porcelain.
  • The Dilemma: Porcelain or Pottery  By : Judy McAllister
    Know Your Antiques by Ralph and Terry Kovel give a simple way of differentiating porcelain from pottery. Quoting from the book: “Pottery is opaque. You can’t see through it. Porcelain is translucent. When a porcelain dish is held in front of a strong light, it is possible to see the light through the dish. If a piece of pottery is held in one hand and porcelain in the other, the piece of porcelain will be colder to the touch.
  • Chinese Porcelain Factories  By : Old And Sold
    The names of no less than fifty-seven manufactories of porcelain are recorded. In locating these we will use the eighteen provinces into which the Central Empire was divided under the reign of Keen-long, thirteen of which contained porcelain factories.
  • Oriental Porcelain - China and Japan  By : Old And Sold
    Europe was made acquainted with the wonderful progress of Chinese ceramic art through the Portuguese who in 1518 introduced the Chinese wares. That the Oriental workmen were acquainted with porcelain manufacture at a remoter period than this we cannot doubt, for among the remains of the Egyptian tombs are those wonderful little bottles with Chinese inscriptions which have baffled the research of all scholars to the present time.
  • Pottery And Porcelain - Chinese  By : Old And Sold
    Pere d'Entrecolles, Missionary of the Society of Jesus, arrived in China in 1700, whence he wrote letters from Jao-tcheou, in the province of Feou-leam, and King-tetching, the imperial factory of porcelain. He writes under date of Sept. 1st, 1712, that while his curiosity would not have led him to study the subject of the production of porcelain, he feels that it may be of service to Europe, and therefore avails himself of his opportunities.
  • Oriental Porcelain According To Order Of Discovery  By : Old And Sold
    OUR first task will be to classify the porcelain according to the order of its discovery, and in this relation we shall be largely guided by form and colour, which in the oldest pieces is naturally less diversified than in the later. Perhaps the oldest pottery is that improperly called boccaro, owing to its resemblance to the pottery which, in Portugal, bore this name, and as we shall see presently the Portuguese were the first to visit the land of far Cathay.
  • A History of Porcelain  By : Jeff T Rosenberg
    Porcelain was produced from naturally occurring clay and minerals in China and was originally used for dishes and pottery
  • Why French Limoges Boxes Are So Collectible  By : Vivianne Smith
    Exquisite French Limoges boxes were originally used as snuff or pill boxes. Today, the beauty and diversity of themes of these little porcelain boxes have captured the hearts of collectors worldwide. The artistry of Limoges is alive and well.
  • Porcelain in Germany - Its Begining and End  By : Mitch Johnson
    The porcelain produced since 1710 is called Meissen in Germany. Johann Bottger successfully experiments in making a hard red ware, he was able to make a white one and in 1710 the Royal Saxon Manufactory was established. Dresden initiated a series of and covered pots in the form of animals, fishes, birds, flowers, fruit and vegetables.
  • The History of Porcelain in Belgium, Holland and Switzerland  By : Mitch Johnson
    Belgium made a good progress in the eighteenth century copying both the Sevres and Meissen styles but their original work was mostly done in tablewares and figures. Tourney was one of the important places in Belgium, Amsterdam and The Hague in Holland and Zurich and Nyon near Geneva in Switzerland.
  • Chinese Pottery and Porcelain - Great Progress in Style and Design  By : Mitch Johnson
    Ching-te-chen, the southwestern of Nankin, became a centre of manufacturing porcelain in the fourteenth during the Ming dynasty. These products of porcelain spread the fame of China throughout the civilized world exporting them to western countries. Let us have a look at the details of the Chinese pottery and porcelain history.
  • The History of Fake Porcelain Factories  By : Mitch Johnson
    There were many small factories, which did not, got mentioned in many of the historical evidences that were discovered from different parts of England. But these small factories contributed much to the development and spread of the porcelain wares from the country. Here we are going to see about those small factories of porcelain works.
  • French Pottery and Porcelain  By : Sarah Martin
    The earliest of the famous French potters was Bernard Palissy (1510-1502), a great designer and painter on glass who first made pottery in imitation of metal work and later originated designs in fantastic and grotesque forms, using reptiles, masks, leaves, (flowers, fossil shells and other rustic forms which were modeled in relief on plates, pitchers and useful articles.
  • The Introduction of Porcelain Production in England - Part 1  By :
    Discovered by the Chinese hundreds of years before, the secret of making the highly prized and coveted true hard paste ceramic body did not arrive in Europe until the early years of the 18thC. After many lengthy trials and much personal suffering, the formula was successfully recreated by Johann Bottger at Dresden C1710, (a struggle vividly and entertainingly recounted in the 'The Arcanum'
  • Limoges is French, Isn't It?  By : Robert Forst
    Many factories produced Limoges items that were primarily elaborately molded white wares - a long way from the elaborate designs we normally associate with the name. Decorating studios outside the factory dedicated themselves to the task of Limoges design or the unfinished wares were exported without decoration of any kind.
  • Porcelain - The Best of Chinese  By : Mitch Johnson
    Among different types of ceramic, porcelain is one of the most beautiful and expensive Chinese-made ceramic. Though it was first made by the Chinese, later it spread all over Europe and many people started making it. In this article you will learn more about porcelain.
  • Porcelain in Scandinavia and Russia  By : Mitch Johnson
    The making and design of porcelain are quite differ from country to country. It all have its unique value and beauty. In this article you will learn more about Sandinavian and Russian made porcelain.
  • Pottery in Persia and Neighboring Countries  By : Mitch Johnson
    The Persians were good potters and well advanced before the European even knew about pottery. Chinese wares were exported to these Persia and Near East countries. Discoveries through many excavations have revealed the beautiful Islamic wares, which were forgotten.
  • The Different Types of Porcelain Potters  By : Mitch Johnson
    Thomas Turner the founder of the Caughley factory is credited with producing the original version of the favored 'willow-pattern', which was copied on both pottery and porcelain by innumerable other makers, and remains popular today. And there are numerous factories that either copied others styles and designs or do their own things. Let us have a look at some of these factories.
  • The Most Remarkable Porcelain in Italy  By : Mitch Johnson
    The Italians attempted many times to imitate the Chinese porcelain but resulting in only white glass. The first factory in Italy was started in 1720 by Francesco Vezzi, which made hard-paste porcelain varying in colour from white. Some of the rulers patronage the making of the porcelain wares.
  • History and Types of Porcelain  By : Mitch Johnson
    Here we will be learning more about the history of porcelain. What are its ingredients, how is it prepared, and what are its uses. Porcelain has become one of the most common wares in the modern days.
  • The Best of Chinese Porcelain  By : Mitch Johnson
    The wares sparsely decorated and relied as much on the beauty of the shape and surface of the ware as on the actual brushwork is known as the 'Chinese taste'. This rarely found out of China. Even with the advent of the times the eighteenth century styles and designs still prevails. And the pottery and porcelain made Korea has strong characteristics of its own both in shape and decoration.

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