October 7, 1995 |
In the 18th and early 19th century, Philadelphia was famed for many crafts, notably furniture and silver. But it also boasted other artisan distinctions, including the first successful porcelain company established by one Ellis Tucker. Next Friday at the Ludwig's Corner Firehouse, Pook & Pook Inc. will offer three groupings of Tucker porcelain at the first session of its two-day fall- catalog sale, including a tea service in a so-called spider pattern. Just to stop any jokes about the sale being a Tucker-ware party, be it noted that the service, including a couple of dozen pieces, is likely to sell for $5,000 to $8,000, according to Pook & Pook's Ted Wiederseim.
September 24, 1989 |
Eight relatives of a childless Baltimore couple will share a multimillion- dollar windfall as a result of the sale of hundreds of pieces of porcelain found in a tiny house in suburban Baltimore. Chinese porcelains collected in the 1940s and 1950s by Frederick J. and Antoinette H. Van Slyke were sold at auction last spring at Sotheby's in New York for $5.7 million. Many of the 201 pieces brought three to 10 times their estimates. This week, the Van Slykes' 18th-century European porcelain tableware and figure groups from such factories as Meissen, Fulda, Sevres and Vincennes are expected to bring an additional $1 million at Sotheby's.
June 4, 1993 |
The highest standards in porcelain have always been Chinese, and when you see the exhibition "Joined Colors" at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, you'll immediately understand why. These 79 pieces represent an extraordinary marriage of sublime form, exquisite decoration and brilliant color. "Joined Colors," which runs through Nov. 28, concerns itself with decoration and symbolism in imperial Chinese porcelain of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The discussion is somewhat technical at times, but the pieces themselves, many quite small, always pull you back to the level of pure delectation.
September 30, 2005 |
Auctions today and tomorrow could be the answer to the prayers of collectors of pewter and Roseville porcelain. In addition, a third sale tomorrow liquidating the real estate and contents of the Reading Holiness Camp Meeting Association will offer the chance to get some old-time religion. The pewter, five important pieces from the United States and Europe, is a highlight of the second session of a two-day antiques sale by Pook & Pook Inc. that will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow at its Downingtown gallery, 463 E. Lancaster Ave. It's tempting to look down on pewter as the poor man's silver, and tomorrow's session also features lots of sterling, including a Reed & Barton seven-piece tea service made about 1937 and expected to sell for $12,000 to $18,000.
January 7, 2000 |
Glaciers may appear to be immobile, but they flow like highly viscous rivers, an improbable quality that Paula Winokur has captured in the porcelain sculptures she's showing at Helen Drutt Gallery. This series, inspired by a trip to Alaska, consists of wall-mounted and free-standing pieces. Typically, they juxtapose smooth, faceted sections with a furrowed part that suggests weathered ice moving down a slope. Although the sculptures are all white, Winokur has enlivened them by created several striking contrasts.
March 6, 1997 |
William J. Kazmar, 79, a blue-collar worker who became a renowned wildlife artist and porcelain art sculptor, died of heart failure Tuesday at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Atlantis, Fla. Mr. Kazmar lived in Collingswood, N.J., and had been vacationing in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was born in South Philadelphia. He joined his father making and restoring furniture when he was a teenager. After high school, he worked as a steamfitter at several local shipyards during World War II. After the war, Mr. Kazmar worked briefly as a machinist for Boeing Vertol and then opened an antiques and furniture restoration business with his wife, Barbara Mae Neville Kazmar, in Collingswood, where they lived for 52 years.
January 26, 2007 |
Next week in Amsterdam, Sotheby's will begin selling 76,000 pieces of Chinese Export porcelain recovered from a circa 1725 shipwreck off the coast of present-day Vietnam. Because it was bound for the western market, the cargo reveals the era's fads and fashions in Europe, and precise details about the arduous journey made by goods in demand. The tale of the Cau Mau shipwreck involves connoisseurship, a treasure-hunting adventure suitable for television, and the legendary East India Trading Company (which itself has recently resurfaced in Pirates of the Caribbean dialogue)
November 2, 1986 |
"I ate a fine meal at the Ritz from it last Sunday in London," said Capt. Michael Hatcher, referring to the Chinese porcelain that he, his partner Max de Rham and a team of divers brought up from the depths of the South China Sea in 1983. London's Ritz Hotel bought a service for 24 at the auction of Hatcher's porcelain in Amsterdam last spring, and the hotel now charges a premium when it uses the china for special dinners. Hatcher made his comment when he came to New York last month to promote the sale, at Bloomingdale's, of more china from the Nanking cargo.
November 22, 1992 |
Question: My father was given this 17-inch-high porcelain bird as payment for legal services in the 1920s or 1930s. I've no idea of its age or origin and would love to know its value, though I would never part with it. Answer: Your 19th-century polychrome, porcelain pheasant, symbolizing beauty and good fortune, was made in China specifically for export to the West. Your lone figurine - the birds were usually made in pairs - is worth around $1,000 to $1,200, said dealer Robert Mascarelli, co-author with his wife, Gloria, of Warman's Oriental Antiques (Wallace-Homestead)
February 28, 1988 |
Chinese export porcelain is collected in many parts of the world, and at a recent pottery-and-porcelain sale at Sotheby's in New York there were Italian, English, Canadian and South American buyers in the salesroom. The top lots, however, were bought by Americans, and there was spirited competition for the best pieces. The sale netted $1.5 million for 486 lots, the majority of which was the porcelain made in China for export to the West in the late 18th and 19th centuries. About 17 percent of the objects were not sold, but most of those were disposed of in private sales in the week after the auction.