Antique Pottery and Antique Porcelain
Our current stock of antique ceramics, pottery, porcelain and garniture
Pair of Chinese Enamel Cloisonné Ginger Jars
Pair of Chinese cloisonné enamel ginger jars with lids. This pair of jars are in very good condition with very detailed cloisonné work. The decoration on the jars are a mirror image rather than being identical, this is a good sign of quality as a cheaper or more modern example would have the same image on both pieces.
Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects. In recent centuries, vitreous enamel has been used, and inlays of cut gemstones, glass and other materials were also used during older periods. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or affixing silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.
In antiquity, the cloisonné technique was mostly used for jewellery and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric or schematic designs, with thick cloison walls. In the Byzantine period techniques using thinner wires were developed to allow more pictorial images to be produced, mostly used for religious images and jewellery, and by then always using enamel. By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases; the technique remains common in China to the present day, and cloisonné enamel objects using Chinese-derived styles were produced in the West from the 18th century.
Chinese 20th Century £350
22cm / 8½" high
14cm / 5½" wide
Antique Dutch Drunkard Salt Glazed Figure
Classic comedy salt glazed pottery figural jar of a Dutch topper holding a mug of booze.
Netherlands, 19th century £650
Antique Pallisy Jar And Lid
19th century antique pallissy ware jar with frogs, snake and snail decoration on yellow glaze.
Palissy ware is a 19th-century term for ceramics produced in the style of the famous French potter Bernard Palissy (c. 1510–90), who referred to his own work in the familiar manner as rustique. Palissy's distinctive style of polychrome lead-glazed earthenware in a sombre earth-toned palette, using naturalistic scenes of plants and animals cast from life, was much imitated by other potters both in his own lifetime and especially in the 19th century, when pottery in Palissy's style was produced by Charles-Jean Avisseau of Tours, who rediscovered Palissy's techniques in 1843, his relatives the Landais family of Tours, Georges Pull of Paris, Maurice, and Barbizet.
This distinctive style of pottery is characterized by three-dimensional modeled, often aquatic, animals such as snakes, fish, lizards, frogs, and snails arranged onto large platters (wall plates, wall platters, chargers). Typically, each component is modeled and painted individually.
The name Palissy ware was also given by Minton & Co to their new range of polychrome lead-glazed pottery: “…what is now known as majolica was a range of brightly coloured low-temperature glazes launched in 1849 as 'Palissy Ware'. Only later did these become known as majolica ware.”
Although we are dating this as 19th century it could well be a lot earlier, although statistically speaking unlikely to be one of the 15th century ones.
11cm / 4½" wide
16cm / 6½" high
Antique Chinese Vase
19th century Chinese blue and white porcelain antique vase
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