Category Archives: Porcelain

Guy’s bowls and sporting women

Australian potter and figurative sculptor Guy Martin à Beckett Boyd was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria, on 12 June, 1923. Guy was a member of the Boyd family artistic dynasty which includes painters, sculptors, architects and other arts professionals, commencing with … Continue reading

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A tureen to help store your emotional cabbage?

Above: Cabbage Tureen by Paul-Antoine Hannong, from Hannong Factory Strasbourg, Alsace, France (ca 1754-1762) – Faience earthenware (tin-glazed), 21.2 × 34.6 × 33.1 cm (Collection of National Gallery of Victoria, International). Faience (tin-glazed earthenware) and porcelain were the principal products of the … Continue reading

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Viva Vivat Bohmen

Above: Vivat Bohmen cup and saucer, supposedly the oldest surviving Bohemian porcelain from  Klášterec nad Ohří (1794). The cup measures 5.6 cm high. Klášterec nad Ohří, was a Bohemian factory founded in 1793, by Mikuláš (Johann Nicolaus) Weber with support from … Continue reading

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Try Your Luck and Maybe Spend a Buck at the Fryerstown Antique Fair

Fryerstown Antique Fair will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in 2017. It is held on the surrounding days of the Australia Day holiday on January 25th each year. The popular annual event has grown from strength to strength each year and … Continue reading

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Joseph Coteau’s work is as regular as clock-work

Joseph Coteau (1740-1801) was a well-respected French enameller who worked on skeleton clocks during the revolutionary period from 1789-1799.  Image depicted (left) shows a gilt and enamelled bronze (chased) marble skeleton clock; (430x250x140cm) Foundation Napoleon Paris. (Donation Lapeyre inv.809). Although Joseph Coteau … Continue reading

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There’s nothing bleek about Belleek

Belleek Pottery  is a porcelain company that began trading in 1884 as the Belleek Pottery Works Company Ltd in Belleek, County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland. The factory produces porcelain that is characterised by its thin and slightly iridescent surface and … Continue reading

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Bring a plate

A tip for young players – “Bring a plate” is a term which is often used to party invitees. It’s a form of entertaining where costs and provisions are shared by all invited guests. You bring a plate of savoury … Continue reading

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The storm in a teacup which brewed in Portmeirion

Portmeirion as a town, is a tourist village located in the community of Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, south-east of Porthmadog, in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was once the film set for the 1966-67 British cult surreal … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to China – Made in Japan?

Satsuma ware  or, as written in Wikipedia: (薩摩焼 satsuma-yaki), is also sometimes referred to as “Satsuma porcelain.” It is a type of Japanese earthenware pottery which originated in the late 16th century, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and is still produced … Continue reading

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Let’s Sèvres the world

Sèvres  porcelain- The manufacture de nationale de Sèvres  Frit porcelain tendre factory is situated at Sèvres, France. Founded in 1738, Sèvres has historically been both  a royal, then an imperial factory manufacturing fine china and porcelain. The facility is now … Continue reading

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Don’t have a cow man

Bone China is a type of soft-paste porcelain that is composed of bone ash, feldspathic material and kaolin. It has been defined as ware with a translucent body containing a minimum of 30% of phosphate derived from animal bone and … Continue reading

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