Category Archives: Porcelain

The Vintage Art of Tea

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. ~Japanese Proverb Tea is the world’s most popular beverage, just behind water. And in the United States, it ranks number five – but in recent … Continue reading

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Underneath the plate: Ironstone, Stoneware and Earthenware – Final in a Two-Part Series

OK, so it said “ironstone.” It did, right on the back of my Mason’s pin dish. But I still thought of it as porcelain. It was a plate! It looked like porcelain, it felt like porcelain – what did I … Continue reading

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Underneath the plate: Porcelain — First of a two-part series about ceramics

Is that old tea set porcelain or bone china? Whether you’re collecting or selling, it’s worth knowing the difference. Not only is it fun to learn something new, the type of material can affect the price of the item. Disclaimer: While … Continue reading

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The thrill of the hunt: Final in a Three-Part Series, “Why Buy Antiques?”

You could go to Macy’s or Target and get a complete set of very nice wine glasses in less than an hour. You could get a nice picture for the wall over your sofa from a local framing gallery or … Continue reading

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A World of Merriment: Japanese Bell Figurines

The information I discover about the items I sell in my Etsy shop never ceases to amaze me. Even the most innocuous items can have a fascinating history! At first glance, these appear to be nothing more than the kind … Continue reading

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Add Some Luster to Your Life.

I’ve fallen head over heels in love. See, for most of my life, I took lusterware for granted. It was everywhere in our Janvier Road bungalow and in my childhood home. Then, most of it broke from usage or was … Continue reading

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When it comes to antiques, put the scissors down.

And keep the polish and glue on the shelf. An antique dealer friend recently told me a sad tale. Her friend, another dealer, purchased two framed original hummingbird prints by John Gould. This 19th Century English ornithologist was a contemporary … Continue reading

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