30 gallon butterfly crock brings $12,750 at Red Wing Collectors Society sale

Red Wing 30 gallon crock

A 30-gallon salt glaze crock with a cobalt butterfly decoration sold for $12,750 at the July 12, 2012 Red Wing Collectors Society auction. The RWCS celebrated its 35th anniversary at this year’s convention, which brought more than 1,500 visitors to the city of Red Wing from July 11-14, 2012 to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, pottery and dinnerware. Read More +

The evolution of the cookie jar

vintage Alice in Wonderland 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 and a screw-top lid, on kitchen counters in the typical American home. Read More +

KPM Plaques: As Konigliche Porzellan reclaims post-crash highs, a fresh wave of fakes hurts collectors

KPM porcelain plaque maiden

Unlike canvas paintings that fade with time, KPM painted plaques retain their rich, vibrant colors and soft, glowing skin tones indefinitely. The secret? Dealer Afshine Emrani says it’s the porcelain. “The magic of a KPM plaque,” he adds,“ is that it will look as crisp and beautiful 100 years from now as it does today. If two paintings on porcelain are identical, today’s collectors will pay significantly more for the one produced on fine KPM porcelain.” Read More +

Japan Society Gallery offering survey of Japanese Art Deco

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The Gallery at Japan Society considers this phenomenon from March 16 to June 10, 2012 in “Deco Japan: Shaping Modern Culture, 1920-1945.”

The exhibition assembles fine examples of the sophisticated craftsmanship and design one associates with Japan-in ceramics, lacquerware, glass, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, sculpture, painting, and lithography – contextualized by colorful ephemera and goods mass-produced for the modern home. Read More +

Collecting 200 years of vintage Pfaltzgraff

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Collectors are starting to tiptoe back into the pottery market as they celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pfaltzgraff, initially produced on a small potter’s wheel and kiln on a 21-acre homestead in York County, Pa., during the early 1800s.

Pfaltzgraff’s milestone bicentennial is also testimony to the power this respected brand has and its ability to change with the times, and repeatedly give consumers a useful and aesthetic product for any finicky dinner table. Read More +