The evolution of the cookie jar

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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

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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 +

Cordier Auctions holding first fine antiques auction at new Pennsylvania facility this week

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Cordier Auctions & Appraisals is hosting its first sale at a new facility in Harrisburg, Pa, Saturday and Sunday. The 12,000 square foot facility is home to the company’s salesroom, offices and storage facility. Highlights of the 675 plus lot sale include a strong selection of Asian ceramics, a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard, two Baccarat chandeliers, and a circa 1919 Cartier diamond wristwatch in addition to a collection of U.S. and English coins, silver, furniture, and fine decorative arts. Read More +

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg’s collection full of serious Mid-century style

More than 70 pieces from Oscar-winning actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg’s cherished collection of pottery, porcelain, art deco and of whimsical pieces she has gathered over the years will highlight a Sept. 27, 2011 sale in Dallas. While Goldberg has enjoyed her superstar status as hostess to some of the most interesting minds and unique characters in the world today she has also quietly and intelligently scoured auctions, antique shows and flea markets over the years to assemble her impressive assortment of tableware and accessories. Read More +