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Glamorgan Antiques Newsletter

April 2002 - Newsletter # 1

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Firstly we would like to welcome you all to this first newsletter from Glamorgan antiques.We hope that it will appeal to all lovers of Antiques, whether newcomers or more experienced Collectors.Anyway, the learning process in Antiques never ends,we all get to be more experienced but we never stop learning.

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Glamorgan antiques has a Spring sale in the Collectables Department.We are offering a 10% reduction in price on anything advertised in this section.The reason being we have new items waiting to be added,so we need to move some of the other stock first. Unlike Fashion such as Clothes, antiques are never outdated, so a sale in Antiques can be a very rewarding experience for the Collectors..Never ever turn down a good buy in Antiques,as there is always a buyer waiting in the wings who knows that a 2nd chance may never occur..Most Antiques are difficult to find, especially for Specialist buyers, and Antiques apart from Reproduction, cannot be ordered like usual shop items.

You only get "one bite of the cherry" to to speak! So, our advice to you is to take the proverbial "bull by the horns" and "grab" the opportunity while you can!!

Please look at our extensive stock list of Collectable items - Click HERE

We have been rather unhappy, for want of a better word, lately, to see Victorian Flow Blue being offered for sale on the Internet that is not Flow Blue at all ,just ordinary Blue and white transfer.Real Vicrorian Flow Blue was in the beginning a mistake by the Potteries of Staffordshire, England.This "accident" occured at the beginning of Queen Victorias illustrious and long reign, when mistakes in the Transfer process at the potteries caused the Ink blue to "Flow" into the clear white glaze that resulted in a muzzy appearance.It was originally rejected by the British public, and the consequence was, that most of it was shipped to the Americas, where it was welcomed by open arms of the eager American buyers.
Eventually, the British people also started to "like" the Muzzy appearance on their dishes, and so to the delight of the hundreds of Staffordshire potteries, the Blue was now allowed to freely flow into the white at every opportunity.Eventually, this appearance was thought of by the sentimental Victorians as being rather Romantic, and whole dinner sets of enormous proportions were stamped with the patterns, such as "Romance" and "Wild Roses".
A whole new generation of collectors now avidly search for Victorian Flow Blue items at every opportunity, but do please make sure that the Blue is Flow Blue and not just an ordinary blue and white transfer.You can read a fuller version of the delights of Flow blue in our article from the pottery section, which can be read by clicking onto this link here.

For Flow Blue Items for sale please look at Pottery Page 1 and Pottery Page 2


PLease be wary of the enormous amount of Reproduction that is being sold at Antique fairs and on the Internet.Please be sure that you all buy your items, especially Staffordshire figures, from reputable and knowledgeable dealers.Remember to always check the base of Staffordshire Comforter dogs, and steer clear of Dogs with large base holes (Not damage) or no base at all.The only small exception to this rule, is in 20th century Black glossy dogs with glass eyes.Some of these,Jackfield type,black glaze dogs have larger holes or no filled in bases at all.Check the edge of the unglazed pottery to make sure that the pottery colour is a dark brick red,this was the colour of the Jackfield clay used.If the colour is whitish grey, then the Dogs are reproduction post 1960 and modern.Most of the black dogs, especially those with glass eyes were made in the early part of the 1900's up to 1930 even.Also some Staffordshire lions with their front paw resting on a ball were also made at the beginning of the 1900's, the ball represented the world, and the Lion was the old British Empire.No Staffordshire made in the early part of the 1900's should be unduly expensive,as this was the final period of Staffordshire and the finesse and appeal in these late issues is not really present..One final point we would like to make, please remember that Staffordshire animals with glass eyes are not as old as those with painted eyes.Most people think it is the other way around, but it is not.To read a fuller account of Staffordshire figures written by Glamorgan antiques please click here.


Most continental Europe(Not Britain) porcelain is of the hard paste type, very white and glassy.Many people ask us to value European Porcelain - because their items carry the underglaze blue crossed swords backstamp,or the Vienna Beehive etc., and they are mistakingly led to believe that their own items are, therefore, by the great Meissen and Vienna factories....In fact most blue crossed swords and beehive marks are just Pseudo or mock..However, even though they are not really Meissen ,Dresden or Vienna, some of these lesser factories produced some beautiful porcelain throughout the Victorian period, and into the 20th century..At the time of manufacture, classical scenes of Ladies and Cherubs (Putti) cavorting around Italianate gardens eating bunches of grapes was considered the height of good taste, but they were only copying the scenes that were taken from great paintings of the 18th century.Some of these artists, who, incidentally had died before the Porcelain was made, have their names or signatures on the panels of these items, but please note, the artists did not actually paint these items themselves, as they are only transfer copies of the original paintings,with perhaps a touch of later hand painting highlighting these most attractive scenes.One lady artist that readily springs to mind is Angelica Kauffman.The potteries delighted in copying her wonderful paintings, but the signature is only a copy as Angelica Kauffman died long before these porcelain items were produced.


We are often asked this very question by the buying public.Our answer is always the same,"Collect whatever appeals to you". What is the point of filling your shelves up with plates and dishes you do not really like, just because a friend or someone in a magazine said that they like to collect these particular plates and dishes.. If you enjoy looking at Glass paperweights then start a collection, and, if possible buy a reference book on the subject you want to collect.If on the other hand you are drawn to Pewter, then buy Pewter. However always,always,buy from reputable sources..Ask questions and study your subject in depth before investing your money.Later on your taste may change, you may suddenly decide you want to collect something entirely different, but our advice to you is to buy the best of what you like,even though you may have to pay rather more than you wanted to,as, in the end you will be glad that you did, especially if you decide to
sell your early collection..Your "buying" the best will always pay for itself in the long run.

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