Fine china sticks around. We humans don't. Who made your antique china? What's it worth? And how future antiques are made - That's my website. Join me. It's fun.
Three main areas are covered within this website:-
An insider's look at how figurines are made.
The history & tradition. An art form like no other.
Want to know a mark? Join our china chat.
Oh, and there is something else this website is known for (since 2006). Something you guys repeatedly asked for.... china valuations!
This website is designed to be an information center for the history
of the fine china industry. I've lost count, but there's something approaching 2000 pages.
It also gives some insights into how we make the stuff.
Figurines make a good a reference point due to their technical complexity compared with, say, a plate.
I write and publish this website myself.
My name is Peter Holland I am a professional ceramic sculptor (more in the About).
I am grateful for the help I have had from site visitors in developing this site. For example, they asked me to help with getting their stuff valued by trusted professionals.
I am considered a clay sculpting expert, but I am pretty fanatical about the history of fine china.
The 'china chat' section is about obscure pottery markings. This is where visitors send in their queries and we can all help with the answers.
There have been some blinding successes. We have been the first to
solve mysteries pottery marks which now help people like eBay sellers on
a daily basis.
This website IS NOT A CATALOGED ENCYCLOPEDIA, so don't expect to be able to use it like you would a specialist reference book.
USE THE SEARCH BOX!
It only gives results WITHIN THIS SITE (apart from a few Google ads at the top). Describe your mark in words. Use phrases like 'Crown with letter A'
Don't give up after one search. Use a variety of different phrases.
I am interested in the subject, and love to help people by sharing my knowledge.
Below is a couple of recent sculptures I did. They sold out pretty quick. Thanks to this website....
Apart from being hard to make, its longevity imparts a sense of heritage.
Things have to stay around long enough to become antique - and people have to like them enough to collect them and pass them on.
Fine china comes into that category, particularly bone china. Figurines sculpture in porcelain have always been collected, and always will be.
That is, despite fashions coming and going.