Tag Archives: porcelain

The Poetic Charm of Korean Blue and White Porcelain

Korea began to decorate its white porcelain in blue by the early 15th century; a century later than China and two centuries earlier than Japan. During that early Joseon period, Korea had about four hundred kilns in operation to produce quality white porcelain, which the Chinese court often requested as diplomatic tribute and trade. With the infrastructure and quality, the Joseon dynasty could have emerged as one of the world’s two pioneering blue and white porcelain manufacturers along with China.… Read More

What is “Famille Rose” Porcelain?

People interested in collecting or buying Chinese porcelain might be curious about the prevalence of a French term used to describe certain types of wares. What exactly are they, and how do they relate to the other terms in use?

Here are some insights into the terminology.

Pair of Famille Rose Bowls, China, six-character Yongzheng mark inside a double ring on base.Sold for $1,599

The term famille rose (meaning of the “pink family”) refers to porcelain glazed with enamels in a predominantly pink, white, yellow, and green color palette.… Read More

Undeniably Versatile: Living with Blue & White Ceramics

The universality, profound and lasting appeal, and decorative versatility of “blue & white” ceramics is undeniable. Through centuries and across continents, blue-decorated white- or off-white-bodied ceramics are nearly ubiquitous. This is due to a combination of reasons: available materials, certain production efficiencies, and, of course, the enduring popularity of the color combination.

Set of Three Blue and White Export Serving Dishes, China, 18th/19th century, estimate: $300-500

Generally, antique ceramics derive from local clay and materials—many of which are light in color—from bright white to dull gray.… Read More

The Allure of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain

Chinese blue and white porcelain has an appealing charm that has long been recognized among art collectors and ceramics aficionados. Many elements contribute to this, but the most prominent would be the cobalt blue color. In China, the use of blue pigment on ceramics began as early as the late Tang dynasty. Still, it was not until the late Yuan dynasty that blue and white Chinese porcelain gained popularity, and production started in sizable quantities.… Read More

Find the Regency Design of ‘Emma’ at Skinner
The mint green drawing room in the Woodhouse home. Photo: Focus Features

Like almost all of us now staying safe at home, I’ve been catching up on some TV and movies. I’m obsessed with Autumn de Wilde’s 2020 version of Emma with its candy-like colors and stunning scenery—I kept pausing and rewatching scenes just to take it all in. Based on the novel written by Jane Austen in 1815, Emma takes place during the English Regency period, which refers to the period (1811-1820) when George III was unfit to rule and his son, the future George IV, ruled by proxy as The Prince Regent.… Read More

Fine Ceramics and Silver Lead Skinner Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 13

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, October 13. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

The auction opens on Friday at 10AM with over 200 lots of silver featuring a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.… Read More

Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Features Special Collection of Wedgwood and Early English Potteries, July 13 & 14

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14. With over 1000 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

Session I: Victor & Muriel Polikoff Collection

The auction opens on Thursday, July 13 at 4PM with almost 300 lots from the Victor & Muriel Polikoff collection.… Read More

Porcelain Passion: The Refined Botanicals of Flora Danica

There are a robust 35 lots of Flora Danica porcelain tableware items (from a coffee service to egg cups, butter pats and plates of all sizes, platters, tureens and more) in Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on October 7. For those who seek out Flora Danica’s beautifully rendered botanical specimens that are the “trademark” of the service, there will be something for everyone in this upcoming sale, and a perfect time to add to or start a collection.… Read More

Skinner Presents Two-Session Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 6-7

Featuring Special Collections of Wedgwood & English Ceramics

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present a two-part auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts & Fine Silver in its Boston Gallery on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. With over 850 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part II of The Paul Lauer Collection of Wedgwood and The Edward Knowles collection of English Pottery, as well as an expansive selection of fine silver and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of English Pottery Leads Skinner’s April Auction of Fine Silver, European Ceramics & Decorative Arts

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present its spring auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston gallery on Friday, April 8 at 10AM. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part I of the Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of 17th and 18th century English Pottery, as well as a broad range of fine silver flatware and hollowware from the United States and Europe; ceramics from England and the Continent; and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

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