Ceramic decorative art of the Aesthetic Movement

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The design behind Aesthetic Movement ceramics is gaining new popularity in 2012 with a new museum exhibit and better-than-expected sales in Europe and the United States. No other medium reflects the diversity and personality of the movement than its ceramics. Objects and forms are as functional as they are unpredictable, colorful, and, well, just plain odd and very affordable. 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 +

Antique firearms, Anna Pottery set world records at Rock Island Auction’s $7 million September sale

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Three major collections were up for auction this September as part of the 2,700 lots featured, the first of which was the Putnam Green Collection. This outstanding collection of rare, historic, and high condition U.S. & German Military Arms set records for four genres. The first record of this collection was a rare early production U.S. Colt Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol serial number 33 selling for $109,250 a world record for a U.S. Colt 1911 Army, making it the top lot of the auction. Read More +