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Nantgarw China
The Nantgarw porcelain factory was established at the little village of Nantgarw, near Cardiff, in 1811 by that vagrant porcelain painter William Billings ley and a little group of associates who had been induced to support the scheme.
Caughley China
Thomas Turner, a man of some independent means and social standing, sometime an engraver at Worcester, went to Caughley in Shropshire about 1772 and there began the making of porcelain at a pottery that had been established near twenty years earlier but had hitherto made only earthenware.
Bristol China
In 1770, when Cookworthy joined forces with Richard Champion and transferred the Plymouth factory to Bristol, the business was established in a build ing on Castle Green.
Plymouth China
The hard paste porcelain factory was established by William Cookworthy at Plymouth in 1768. Cookworthy was a plymouth chemist who for years had been deeply interested in the subject of porcelain manufacture.
Longton Hall China
The china factory at Longton Hall in Staffordshire was a short-lived enterprise. It was established about 1752 by William Littler, the son of a Burslem potter, and came to an untimely end amidst financial difficulties in 1758.
American Chinaware
To many it may appear strange that more space has not been devoted to American china. As a matter of actual fact, very little china was made in America prior to 1840, the year up to which this volume treats of china making.
Swiss Chinaware
During the latter part of the eighteenth century, or at the very beginning of the nineteenth, a soft paste porcelain factory was established at Nyon, on the lake of Geneva.
Zurich China
In 1763 an hard paste porcelain factory was established at Zurich by Heidegger and Korrodi who employed Spengler, an expert porcelain maker, along with some workmen, from Hochst to assist them in the undertaking.
Dresden (Meissen) China
From childhood Bottger had shewn such interest in chemistry and aptitude for experiment that he was destined for the pursuit of medicine. Accordingly when he was sixteen years old, he was set apprentice to a Berlin apothecary.
Arita China
This factory was established when Risampei, the Corean, found porcelain materials near Arita. Its most beautiful and famous product was the Ihakiyemon ware, named for the painter who devised this means of decoration in a few coloursiron-red sometimes verging to orange, lilac, a fine enamel blue, grass green, and dull gold-and with a limited range of motifs comprised in a sparse composition of dragons, phoenixes, tigers, fluttering birds, quails or partridges, bamboos, pines or plum trees.
Hirado China
This factory was established at Mikawachi in the province of Hizen, under the patronage of the feudal lord. In 1750, Matsura, the lord of Hirado con verted it into a private factory and from then until 1830 the finest porcelain in Japan is reputed to have been made there.
Kutani China
The Kutani factory in the province of Kaga was established by the feudal lord of Daishoji in 1665. Several different sorts of ware were made. One was distinguished by a beautiful green glaze, along with soft greenish blue, purple and yellow glazes, disposed in scrolls, diapers and floral patterns over outlines traced in black on the biscuit.
Nabeshima (Okawachi) China
This factory, also in the province of Hizen as well as Arita, was established under the patronage of the feudal lord about 1660. The paste and glaze of this china are, in many instances, better than the paste and glaze of Arita.
Pinxton And Torksey China
John Coke, brother of the Lord of the Manor of Pinxton in east Derbyshire, had developed a keen interest in the manufacture of porcelain as it was then conducted, and consequently when he discovered a fine white earth on the estate at Pinxton he was convinced that it could be used to advantage in making porcelain.
Chantilly China
The Prince de Conde, lord of the chateau and domain of Chantilly, was the patron of the porcelain factory and provided the funds to enable Ciquaire Cirou to carry out experiments. Letters-patent were issued to Cirou in 1735, and therein it is set forth that, for the ten years preceding, he had endeavoured at Chantilly to make porcelain of the same quality as the Japanese; that he had excelled the Dresden porcelain; and that he purposed selling his wares not only in France but abroad as well.
Lille Chinaware
In 1711 Barthelemy Dorez exhibited to the Mayor and Council of Lille specimens of porcelain that he and his nephew, Pierre Pelissier, had fashioned; at the same time he sought permission to set up a porcelain factory in connexion with his faience establishment and likewise asked certain concessions.
Sceaux China
At the instance of one Jacques Chapellea versatile person who, amongst other accomplishments, possessed a knowledge of china-making-a company for the manufacture of porcelain was formed at Sceaux in 1749. The nucleus for this enterprise was a faience factory already well established.
Treviso And Este China
At Este, between Padova and Ferrara, a soft paste porcelain factory was established in 1780 which made both tableware and figures in biscuit.
Venice China
The first successful attempt to make porcelain in Europe is believed to have been in Venice about 1470. It is recorded that a certain Maestro Antonio, an alchemist, made bowls, vases and other small articles which were said to be of a very light and translucent porcelain, quite as good as, or even superior to, the porcelain of "Barbary."
Fabrique De La Reine, Rue Thiroux China
Andre-Marie Leboeuf established an hard paste porcelain factory in the rue Thiroux in 1778- His wares immediately met with such phenomenal success that in the following year he was heavily fined for trenching upon the privileges reserved to Sevres in the matter of certain processes and the style of decoration.
Fabrique De La Rue De Reuilly China
In 1774 a porcelain maker named Lassia sought leave to establish a porcelain works on the rue de Reuilly, in the faubourg St. Antoine, and registered the factory mark "L."
Fabrique De Monsieur, A Clignancourt China
Pierre Deruellc established an hard paste porcelain factory at Clignancourt in 1771, and apparently carried on work there for three or four years without official authorisation.
Fabrique Du Duc D'Angouleme, Rue De Bondy China
Under the protection and patronage of Louis-Antoine, Due d'Angouleme, Guerhard and Dihl opened an hard paste porcelain factory, in 1780, in the rue de Bondy. Dihl, a man of broad scientific attainments, is credited with being the first to establish a complete palette of colours that could be used for the decoration of hard paste porcelain.
Tournay China
Although Tournay is now in Belgium, the products of the Tournay factory are included under the head of French china because Tournay was under French rule when the porcelain made there won its reputation.
Vaux China
Records regarding the porcelain factory at Vaux, near Meulan, are by no means as full as might be desired. In 1770, an hard paste porcelain factory, man aged by Sieur Moreau, was in operation there.
Letter Weights And Door-Porters
On the old Chain Pier at Brighton, I remember seeing, when quite a small boy, at the extreme end, a stall full of interesting things made of glass.
Lustre Ware
Occasionally, in old cottages and farmhouses, one finds genuine examples of English lustre ware.
Oak Chests
Provided that one has an old house, and that space is not too serious a consideration, old oak chests are delightful things to collect and are gradually becoming more and more difficult to obtain and, in consequence, more and more precious.
Seals And Sealing-Wax
At a friend's house a while ago I saw an interesting collection of old seals. Not the impressions in wax, but the actual seals such as men used to wear in the eighteenth century in bunches on a fob chain, and very pretty many of them were.
Beautiful Fruit-Baskets
A fresh interest has recently been taken in the productions of the old English potteries, and choice examples are fetching higher prices than they have ever done before.
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