Collecting Royal Worcester Porcelain

A Royal Worcester twin handled vase and cover, painted with blackberries and leaves to an ivory ground, signed "K Blake", puce mark and date code for 1934. Sold for £140 at Anthemion Auctions

The Royal Worcester porcelain factory is the oldest, continuously operating, English porcelain factory still in production today.  Their impeccable craftsmanship and tailored design produces fine bone china collections of iconic British luxury tableware.  The creation of beautiful porcelain items had being ongoing in Asia for centuries before and through trade the British public began to…

Robert Thompson of Kilburn – “Mouseman”

Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (1876 - 1955) was a British furniture maker, based in Kilburn, North Yorkshire. Thompson's trademark was a carved mouse, which appears on every piece he made from 1919 onward, hence the moniker "Mouseman". The story surrounding the iconic trademark, as told by Robert Thompson himself, was that one of his craftsmen remarked…

Chinese Ceramics

A 19th century Chinese porcelain tea bowl, decorated with figures, 10.5cm diameter. Sold for £20 at Anthemion Auctions

The History of Chinese ceramics shows a continuous development since pre-dynastic times and this pottery is one of the most significant forms of Chinese art and ceramics globally.  There are two primary categories of Chinese ceramics, low-temperature-fired pottery or táo (陶, about 950–1200 ℃) and high-temperature-fired porcelain or cí (瓷, about 1250–1400 ℃).  Chinese ceramics…