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Collecting Jeweled Coalport Porcelain

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Three-handled Loving Cup, England, late 19th century (Lot 970, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Three-handled Loving Cup, England, late 19th century (Lot 970, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Established in 1795 in Shropshire, England, Coalport porcelain has a long and storied history of quality craftsmanship dating to the late 18th century. The manufactory produced both ornamental and table wares, beautifully decorated, in a very high standard to meet the demand of discerning patrons.

Late in the 19th century the Coalport manufacturers added yet another specialization to their repertoire of hand decorated porcelains. A technique called “Jeweling”, whereby small beads of colored enamel were applied most often to a gold ground, possibly first developed and introduced by Worcester porcelain manufacturer in the mid 1860’s. Turquoise seemed to be a prevalent color of this jeweling, meticulously and uniformly decorating tea wares, useful wares and ornamental wares, often accompanied by a rich raised gold decoration were produced for sale in Britain and abroad. Examples seen at auction include covered vases and boxes, tea cups and saucers and other decorative accessories.

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Box and Cover, England, late 19th century (Lot 948, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Box and Cover, England, late 19th century (Lot 948, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Select examples are ornamented with hand painted cartouches, some simulating gems such as moonstones and opals bordered with rubies and emeralds, and others with portraits. Certainly specimens that included both jeweling and gems appeared at a higher price point than those pieces with either jeweling or gems, and pieces featuring minimal jeweling offered at a more conservative price at the other end of that spectrum.

In an effort to maximize the success and keep up with the demand of this jeweled porcelain, at the expense of accomplished artisans, Coalport streamlined the process of jeweling circa 1896, implementing new techniques allowing for accurate and far less expensive application of these enameled jewels by far more inexperienced decorators.

This extremely intricate and delicate porcelain has been highly sought after by collectors for generations, both nationally and internationally. Skinner is proud to present a fine private collection of sixty lots of jeweled Coalport as part of our European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on July 19, 2015. For additional information, please contact ceramics@skinnerinc.com

Skinner to Present Exceptional Offering of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in July

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Perfume Bottle and Cover (Lot 943, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

Regency Ormolu Nine-light Figural Centerpiece, London, early 19th century (Lot 359, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Two-day Auction Spotlights Superb Collections of Early English Oak, Wedgwood, Fine Silver, and More

BOSTON, MA – June 26, 2015 Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place July 18th and 19th in Boston. Twelve-hundred lots, distributed evenly over the two days, showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.… Read More

Stock up for Summer during Skinner’s Fine Wines Online Auction

Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

BOSTON, MA – June 19, 2015 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce a Fine Wines – Online auction, beginning Wednesday, June 17th and running through June 24th. Find wonderful wines, spirits and ales to re-stock your cellar, supply a weekend getaway or savor at a dinner party with friends this season, among more than 500 selections from around the world to suit any budget, taste or occasion.

Fine Wines

Skinner invites buyers to take a tour through the world’s best wine-growing regions; the auction begins in Champagne, moves steadily through Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone, leaving France for Italy, Germany, Spain and the New World.… Read More

Impressive Range of 20th Century Design at Auction, June 20th

2002 Ferrari Modena 360 Spider Convertible (Lot 1, Estimate $75,000-$85,000)

BOSTON, MA – June 16, 2015 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its June 20th auction of 20th Century Design, featuring over 500 lots of intriguing offerings, many fresh to market.

“Design collectors and enthusiasts will find much to appreciate in this auction, with strong collections of Italian design, Dunbar furniture, Scandinavian design, mid-century American Modern, and early 20th-century pieces on the block.… Read More

Buckets, Pails, and Firkins; What’s the Difference?

Buckets were used to draw water, such as from a well. Five Staved Wooden Containers (Lot 1132, Estimate $400-$600)

Buckets were used to draw water, such as from a well. Five Staved Wooden Containers (Lot 1132, Estimate $400-$600)

Whether painted or undecorated; staved or tinned, with or without lids; utilitarian buckets, pails, and firkins have for over a century, been popular with collectors. Like so many things with the passage of time, the terminology that is used to describe these humble objects has become muddled.  I have always been a firm believer that when describing historical objects, we should describe them today as they were described during their original period of use.… Read More

Virtual Tour – Americana Online: a Collector’s Passion

Americana online

Join Chris Barber on a virtual tour of Americana online previewing now at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery. The eclectic 500+ lot auction comprises a single, diverse collection of American furniture and decorative arts, assembled by a Northeastern couple whose eclectic tastes ranged from urban to country, classic to quirky, and folky to fine.

Americana Preview 2015 from Skinner on Vimeo.

 

Curious for more? join us in person to preview on Friday, June 12 from 12PM to 7PM or Saturday, June 13 from 12PM to 5PM.… Read More

Antique Trade Signs

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Two-sided “FRESH EGGS” Sign (Lot 1074, Estimate $300-$500)

There are few objects that get attention at a Skinner Americana auction the way that antique and vintage trade signs do, and they’re one of my favorite categories we sell. These signs, often painted on wood or tin, were generally used to advertise businesses, identify work that went on in a particular building, or demonstrate what was for sale at a given establishment.… Read More

Summer Sparks Fly with Fine Jewelry Auction on June 9th

Antique Ruby and Diamond Necklace (Lot 462, Estimate $50,000-$75,000)

Antique Ruby and Diamond Necklace (Lot 462, Estimate $50,000-$75,000)

Colorful Gems, Diamonds, Gold & Silver Shine at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – June 5, 2015Skinner, Inc. is pleased to present its summer Fine Jewelry auction, taking place on June 9th. This sale features over 450 lots of antique and period jewelry, as well as contemporary pieces by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and more.

Sapphires and Rubies

Vibrant gemstones are among the stand out offerings in this auction, including an assortment of fine sapphires and rubies.… Read More

Skinner to Spotlight Eclectic Collection of Americana in Online Auction

Paint-decorated and Gilt Parcheesi Game Board, America, late 19th century (Lot 1053, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Paint-decorated and Gilt Parcheesi Game Board, America, late 19th century (Lot 1053, Estimate $800-$1,200)

A one-owner collection of Americana

BOSTON, MA – June 5, 2015 – Skinner, Inc.’s June Americana-Online auction is comprised of a single, diverse collection of American furniture and decorative arts, assembled by a Northeastern couple whose eclectic tastes ranged from urban to country, classic to quirky, and folky to fine.… Read More

Sapphires and Rubies Lead Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction

Fine Antique Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Howard & Co (Lot 463, Estimate $100,000–$150,000)

Fine Antique Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Howard & Co (Lot 463, Estimate $100,000–$150,000)

When it comes to colored stones, geography is often as important as gemology. While it is their gemological properties that ultimately make them so coveted, collectors have long sought out colored stones based upon their place of origin.

For sapphires, the scarcest and most rare stones come from Southeast Asia. To trace their origin, first we must travel high in the Himalayan Mountains, in very inhospitable terrain, to a deposit of sapphires discovered in the late 19th century.… Read More

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