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HOW TO IDENTIFY ANTIQUE CERAMICS: Porcelain & Pottery or China makers marks

- Most antique ceramics bear a makers mark or backstamp. This is usually located on the underside of the piece, whether it is an antique Figurine or antique Chinaware. Porcelain makers marks usually denote the Studio or manufacturer and at times include an Artist’s initials or signature or logo. In contrast, most Pottery makers marks... READ MORE
SOFT-PASTE porcelain Figurines (Chelsea, UK)

TYPES OF PORCELAIN: Hard Paste, Soft Paste, and Bone China

- The broad term Ceramics usually refers to items made of fired clay. Ceramics are further divided in several categories, the primary ones being Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain. Their main difference in these three is the temperature at which they are fired in the Kiln and the specific composition of their component materials. Although the term Pottery is... READ MORE
Authentic MEISSEN PORCELAIN mark (Meissen, Saxony, Germany)

PORCELAIN MARKS FROM GERMANY: German Porcelain marks since the mid-18thC to Present

- Germany has a long tradition of making porcelain since the mid-18thC, when Tschirnhaus and Bottger were able to recreate true white porcelain, the likes of which were until then imported directly from China. Meissen in Saxony, Rosenthal in Bavaria, KPM [Konigliche Porzellan Manufactur] in Berlin, and the various companies in Volkstedt, are the best known factories in Germany that produced porcelain... READ MORE
Dresden porcelain figurine marks


- Porcelain marks are usually identified by naming the original manufacturer or maker and dating them to a certain period. In this fashion, if a pair of Urns are marked with a Sevres mark that dates ca 1800 – 1820s, we call them “A Pair of Sevres Porcelain Urns, ca 1800–1820s” and that’s it! This sounds simple enough and applies to most porcelain antiques & collectibles found in the market today. However, there is a group of porcelain marks that are identified... READ MORE
Royal Vienna Pair of porcelain Urns


- If you are like me and love fine porcelain, I am sure that my frustration when finding a great piece with the “beehive” mark is all too familiar. Over the years I have seen so many versions and on so many lovely pieces, it is hard to keep those creeping doubts from screaming at you: Fake!! Fake!! Especially when coupled with the words ROYAL VIENNA, with or without the beehive mark, it is enough to drive you crazy. So… I did a lot of research and decided... READ MORE
wedgwood china kutani crane pattern

CHINA or DINNERWARE PATTERNS: Patterns & Designs on Chinaware, Teapots, Coffee Sets, Cups & Saucers

- China Patterns are designs that decorate sets of Dinnerware, Tea Sets, Chocolate Sets and other Tableware or Chinaware. Most China Patterns come in a Series and some are individual patterns that are issued by a China Manufacturer or Porcelain maker. A large number of China Patterns are issued on several occasions over time by a company, either in identical format or by varying some... READ MORE

PARIS PORCELAIN MARKS: Belle Epoque & French Aesthetic movement in Paris

- Paris Porcelain is a term that refers collectively to the various porcelain decorating workshops and studios within and around Paris, France. It is not the name of any single company or manufacturer and is usually applied to items made between mid-19thC to the present day. Most studios were short-lived, but are well documented. Marks used to identify porcelain from these workshops have been... READ MORE
A pair of French gilt bronze mounted Chinoiserie Porcelain Jars

CHINOISERIE PORCELAIN MARKS: Identify Chinese & European porcelain marks on Oriental styled items

- There is no word in English for chinoiserie. We define it as a type of decoration which had its greatest vogue in the eighteenth century and which was described by contemporaries as being "in the Chinese taste;" we also apply the word to articles made in that style. But no single word or phrase in the language evokes as well as chinoiserie that fantastic world worth... READ MORE
Generic LIMOGES marks by many companies

LIMOGES MARKS on PORCELAIN and CHINAWARE: More than 300 independent French companies or studios that have much in common

- As most people know, Limoges is actually a city in west-central France, the capital of a region called Limousin. However, in the world of antiques & collectibles, this term refers collectively to items made in Limoges and nearby locale. Therefore, a generic Limoges mark on a decorative porcelain plate, porcelain box or chinaware does not necessarily correspond... READ MORE
MANDARIN Chinese Export Porcelain Bowls


- Many moons ago, and as a novice collector of Porcelain, I thought that the phrase “Chinese Export Porcelain” meant to include all items imported from China and primarily copies or imitations of European & American Pottery. After reading several articles and books on the subject, and having visited numerous Decorative Arts Museums or Private Collections, I came to realize that... READ MORE

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