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(June 1951)

Ware, George W.
Porcelain, old and new,   pp. 29-35 PDF (3.9 MB)


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Things Not to Do
1. Don't buy anything for your permanent coll ction
which is distasteful, since you have to live with It and
beauty is the first criterion of every good collectr.
2. Don't purchase an article simply because it hb the
mark of a good factory. Inferior porcelain is sti bad
regardless of the mark.                     I
3. Don't acquire old pieces for the sake of the' age,
as antiquity adds little to the worth of an article lmless
it has historical or artistic value.
4. Don't buy pieces which are materially damaged or
poorly mended just because they are reasonably riced.
The repair bill may increase the cost to that of  per-
fect piece.
5. Don't buy pieces under poor light conditions jinless
willing to be deceived. Bright daylight is preferred.
6. Don't rush or buy when in doubt. The dealer will
usually reserve the piece for a short time while you
are making your final decision.
THE AMATEUR COLLECTOR should make a rond of
1visits to all antique shops periodically. Good pieces
come and go and one never knows where or when he
will run across a treasure. When dealers become familiar
with your interest and taste they may be very helpful
in locating and setting aside items which they believe
will interest you.                          I
It is only fair to warn the novice that good pie es of
old porcelain from  favorite factories command com-
paratively high prices. This is particularly true df fig-
urines, which are often sold for large sums. One should
realize, however, that old, artistic porcelain is' very
scarce and becoming even more so. As time goes on, it
may be expected to increase in value. Thus, good quality
antique porcelain bought at a fair price is considered a
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Trade marks of 50 of better known of later or 19th and                  
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20th century factories are arranged alphabetically by
location. These charts are not to be reproduced: they are
the property of the author, who has applied for copyright.
3. The glaze should be scrutinized for transparency,
thickness and reflective luster. Turn the piece over and
around in all directions to determine the reflections.
4. The form and contour of the item are also an im-
portant factor in determining the age and artistic value
of a piece. Many old porcelain pieces have been copied
in recent years, but an old form with a characteristic
decoration of the same period, further associated with
an old factory mark, makes a combination of factors
which practically guarantees antiquity.
5. The decoration is a decisive factor in determining
the age and quality of the piece. The pattern design,
subject of the painting, combination of colors and degree
of gilding affect the beauty and value of the piece and
in considerable measure determine the age.
6. The mismatched and restored pieces must be care-
fully checked. It is important to see that the parts of an
item and the pieces of a set matchl in quality of material,  Fulda. Food
warmer with pastoral decoration. About 1775.
in form and in decoration.                                              (Courtesy,
Museum fuer Kuist und cewerbe, Ha nburg)
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