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European Ceramics

European ceramics include pottery and porcelain by the best makers including Wedgwood, Doulton, KPM, Meissen, Vienna, Sevres, Minton, Martin Brothers, Moorcroft, Zsolnay, William de Morgan and others.

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Classic, colorful, and highly collectible, European ceramics are among the most prized antique decorative arts in the world. These wares are works of art created in pottery and porcelain and the rarest forms fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

Pottery production dates back to 8,000 B.C. Porcelain, a harder and more durable ceramic ware, was not produced until the 6th century in China, and until the 16th century on the continent of Europe. By the mid-1700s, nearly every country in Europe had its own ceramics production, with some of the best wares coming from England and Germany. Since this time, discriminating and wealthy buyers have sought to acquire the very best pieces, amassing major collections of important ceramics.

Collectors of antique ceramics are highly motivated to learn as much as they can about the art and science of fine ceramics. These ceramic enthusiasts build their collections piece by piece over the decades with dedication and purpose. They strive for the highest levels of connoisseurship, paying strict attention to quality, rarity and condition of wares; only the rarest pieces by the best makers in mint condition are considered collection worthy. This scrupulous attention to perfection shows once these collections come to auction. Bidders from around the world come to vie for the chance of owning these rare and valuable forms.

Skinner has a long and reputable history in the sale of fine ceramics at auction and the company has established numerous world record prices. Skinner auctions of Fine Ceramics include pottery and porcelain by the best European makers including Wedgwood, Doulton, KPM, Meissen, Vienna, Sevres, Minton, Martin Brothers, Moorcroft, Zsolnay, William de Morgan and others.

Stuart Slavid, Skinner’s head of fine ceramics is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Wedgwood. His knowledge of this material and the worldwide ceramics market has enabled Skinner to oversee the sale of renowned collections of fine ceramics including the collection of Richard Wright, the Zeitlin collection, and the Kadison collection.

If you are a collector of fine ceramics, contact Skinner to discuss consigning to auction.

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