Meiji cloisonné

The history of Japanese cloisonné

Although certain artists often exhibit characteristic techniques and motifs, no two pieces of Japanese cloisonné are exactly alike. Experts say prices range across the board from less than $200 for more commercial pieces up to the six-figure range for the most exceptional examples, however rare Japanese cloisonné remain underpriced in relation to the talent,...

Michael Polak antique bottles

Welcome to the hobby of antique bottle collecting

Bottle expert Michael Polak joins Antique Trader as a columnist on issues important to bottle collectors. Known as the author of "The Bottle Bible" Polak has a long history in the hobby and will share news from bottle clubs shows and sales, upcoming auctions and pricing results and ongoing bottle hobby events. He kicks...

vintage Alice in Wonderland cookie jar

The evolution of the cookie jar

Cookie jars evolved from the elegant British biscuit jars found on Victorian-era tables. As the biscuit jar was adapted for use in America, it migrated from the dining table to the kitchen and, by the late 1920s, it was common to find a green-glass jar (or pink or clear), often with an applied label...