by nvilla Nancy
These plates are offered, not as particularly valuable or interesting in their own right, but as an example of collectible travel memorabilia. Plates were one of my first collections because they present a great variety of forms and makers and pack so easily between layers of clothes in a bag. As I look at these on my kitchen wall, I remember where I found them and travel memories come flooding back. Before someone hastens to remind me that wire holders put stress on old china, let me say that I realize that, but there would be much more chance of stress if I set them in plate holders on the tops of cabinets where my Siamese cat roams. I do make sure that there is as little pressure as possible and rubberized tips. Click on any photo in this article to see a full size photo.
From London, one of my favorite cities, is this square ivory plate with a stencil of the Royal Exchange, with the notation that it was bombed during 1940, the blitz of London. This dates the plate to not too distant a past but certainly a historical event. It's marked Crown Ducal, Florentine (which I think is the shape with its raised border of fruit and flowers) and Made in England.
This smaller plate is typical English flow blue, valued more by Americans than the English themselves who remember it as the common household wares from their childhoods. It is unmarked, found in a shed behind a small antiques shop and purchased for only a few pounds.
This Royal Albert plate is titled Summer in their series Cottage Gardens. I bought this in a weekend street market in Oxford the summer I took part in an international school there. It was true fun pretending to be a real English University student, and I suppose I much have fit the image because I was asked for directions around town more than once. English travelers laughed when they discovered that they were asking an American for directions around a city in their own country. It does remind me of the charming English cottages and flower gardens.
Inexpensive pottery plate from Greece, typical of wares available at factories and in the Plaka, Athens city market. The bright colors recall our memories of a summer cruise of the Agean and land tour of Greece, a collage of colors, tastes and scents.
Purchased in Honolulu's Chinatown, this is a Japanese plate from the Edo period. It is mended, and when the shop owner saw me admiring it, he cut the price in half. The blue over grey is low key and one of my favorites even though I bought it at "home." I may never get closer to Japan.
French Limoges purchased in Paris at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, known to all as just Les Puces--the fleas. It was my only purchase in a full day that we spent in that huge market, so well organized into streets, each with its own specialty. I've wished that I could have that day back now that I know more about china and glass. This plate is for a fish course, the design of pink and orange fish swirling among seaweed that almost hides them.
Minton plate in flow blue with reds, found in a closed antique mall on Sunday in Cardiff, Wales. I saw one vendor working on his stall and persuaded him to open up and sell me the plate in another vendor's area. Getting it this way made it somehow much more valuable. I think I overpaid at £30, making it truly one of my most expensive.
Royal Doulton plate in an unusual design, strong sunflowers and what looks like a rolled rug on the side. It suggests the Aesthetic Movement of late Victorian times to me. It was hanging on an overhead beam in a shop in one of my favorite villages in the Cotswolds, Chipping Camden. I see the whole shop and village when I look at this plate.
Another polychrome plate in a typical English copy of Japanese design. This is from the period when the English were taken with Japanese export ware and produced pieces in that style. I bought this around 2004 on a summer trip to Newark and Swinderby antiques fairs. I've forgotten which one yielded this plate, so I suppose I have to confess that my souvenirs don't always snap my mind to where I found them. Those huge fair tents and buildings tend to run together after a few hours on my feet.
This last plate is a relatively new piece of Spode, purchased at a factory outlet in Worcester. We found that we had chosen a weekend during the factory holidays and couldn't tour the factory, but the museum and outlet stores were open. Both first and second pieces were on offer, and though this is from the seconds shop, I have never been able to tell what is wrong with it.
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by fanoffenton Sarah
Those Other Patterns…Undocumented and Under Documented Glass Patterns
The purpose of this collaborative project is to create an online resource for the numerous collectible glass patterns that aren't listed in most collectible glassware reference books. Many of these glass patterns have minimal collectible value, but unlike printed books that's not a major factor for inclusion here. [editor's note: Website owner is a fellow GPSA member, too!]
by wgpaul Bill
This fabulous Vernon Kilns figurine was recently sold on eBay for $5,000 by eBay seller lagunapottery. The piece, depicting a baboon, stands nearly nine inches tall. It is almost 100% matte white, with only slight blue and green accenting around the face and along the base. The piece was designed by renowned ceramic artists May and Vieve Hamilton who worked at Vernon Kilns in 1936 and 1937. Interest in Hamilton pieces has grown recently as more is learned about these talented sisters. Information about May and Vieve Hamilton, including a picture of this piece, can be found in Maxine Feek Nelson's "Collectible Vernon Kilns, Second Edition.”
Photo courtesy of eBay seller lagunapottery.
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