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George Tinworth – The Greatest Doulton Lambeth Designer

George Tinworth – The Greatest Doulton Lambeth Designer

Although Doulton Lambeth boasted many talented designers, there is one that invariably springs to mind when it comes to impressive imaginative sculpture. George Tinworth had an ability to turn his hand from humorous comical mice (click for more on the Tinworth mice) through to impressive biblical scenes. A skilled sculptor, […]

Eye Catching Optical Toys – Magic Lanterns, Kaleidescopes, Stereoscopes and more!

Eye Catching Optical Toys – Magic Lanterns, Kaleidescopes, Stereoscopes and more!

Optical toys such as kaleidoscopes have been popular for decades: children still play with stereoscopes which have been popular since the time of Queen Victoria, while projectors, toy cameras and many other optical novelties are all manufactured today.

New Hall Porcelain

New Hall Porcelain

No porcelain has been more misunderstood than that made at the New Hall factory at Shelton. It is by no means scarce, but very obvious specimens of it (on the present knowledge of its characteristics) are still sometimes ” identified ” as Lowestoft, Torksey, Wirksworth, ” cottage Bristol,” or conveniently […]

Black Jacks, Bombards And Antique Drinking Vessels

Black Jacks, Bombards And Antique Drinking Vessels

In England from quite early times leather vessels were used very generally. The black jack was a kind of leather pitcher or jug always lined with pitch on metal, of massive and sturdy build, corpulent and capacious. It quite dwarfed all rival pots, mugs, or pitchers of leather. Pictured right: A […]

Philippe Starck The Designer of Our Time

Philippe Starck The Designer of Our Time

  One of the most prolific designers of the 20th/21st Century has to be French born Philippe Starck. His design achievements include an eclectic mix of everyday domestic items, lighting and furniture to more flamboyant interior design projects, making him an industrial design genius often referred to as “The Designer […]

Victoriana, Victorian Staffordshire and Victorian Collectables

Victoriana, Victorian Staffordshire and Victorian Collectables

  The term Victoriana covers a vast and interesting group of generally low-priced, mass produced wares, typical of the period. Pictured left: A pair of mid 19th C Victorian Staffordshire spill vases. Image Copyright Bonhams. Such wares as Staffordshire chimney ornaments and printed pot lids can still be found at a […]

Vladimir Tretchikoff and His Art

Vladimir Tretchikoff and His Art

Retro and vintage have become the new buzz words with those eagle eyed collectors who seek out all things dating from the middle of the twentieth-century onwards.

Christopher Dresser and the Design Revolution

Christopher Dresser and the Design Revolution

Known as Britain’s first ever independent industrial designer, Christopher Dresser was a major contributor to the British Anglo Japanese and Arts & Crafts movement.

Armand Marseille Dolls & Other Bisque Dolls

Armand Marseille Dolls & Other Bisque Dolls

Bisque china dolls are those tranquil faced beauties we see featured on the Antiques Roadshow, with glass eyes, hand-painted features and, often, ‘double-jointed’ limbs.

Wooden Jigsaws – A Bit of a Collecting Puzzle

Wooden Jigsaws – A Bit of a Collecting Puzzle

Most researchers agree that the first jigsaw puzzle was produced in 1762 by John Spilsbury, an engraver and mapmaker from London.