In Dublin’s Fair City ~ A Royal Doulton Rarity

Molly Malone is a popular song set in Dublin, Ireland, which tells the fictional tale of a fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of the city. The song has, over the years, come to be regarded as Dublin’s unofficial anthem, and, during the Millennium celebrations in 1988, 13 June was declared to be […]

Catalogues ~ An Undervalued Educational Resource

By their nature, ephemeral publications, Auction Catalogues, particularly those produced for marketing purposes by the major auction houses to promote their sales are, generally speaking, seriously undervalued as an educational resource. This same criticism may fairly be applied, albeit to a lesser degree, to Exhibition Catalogues published by museums and others to accompany transient cultural […]

Reginald Johnson ~ Staffordshire Potter Extraordinaire

Reginald Johnson was Director of Design for Royal Doulton group, working mainly for the Paragon and Royal Albert brands. His Royal Albert bird plates from the 1980s are much appreciated by collectors and his commemorative designs for Paragon have celebrated many royal occasions over the years. For the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in […]

Over the Rainbow ~ Victorian Lustres

Once to be found capturing the sun’s rays in every middle and upper class home, these highly decorative domestic accessories fell from favour after the first World War. Sadly, along with much else of purely aesthetic, as opposed to practical value, they came to be regarded by all too many as “Victorian clutter”, and were […]

Selling your Antiques ~ Our Advice

Like most Antique Dealers we tend normally to buy the vast bulk of our stock at auction. There are many perfectly good reasons for this, not the least of which is that goods purchased in this way can be shown to have been acquired both legally and fairly within a properly regulated professional arena. That […]

Collecting Royal Doulton ~ Ebb Tide

Prices for Royal Doulton antiques and collectables have for the moment retreated somewhat from the dizzy heights attained a decade ago. However, you should not allow this fact to deter you in your quest to seek out the best quality pieces available in the marketplace. Whether to concentrate on pots, plates, or figurines is an […]

Smoke and Mirrors ~ The Mirage of Falling Prices

At the moment, we are constantly hearing, particularly from television pundits, that the prices paid for antiques have fallen significantly across the board, in what might be termed the “brown furniture syndrome”. While in empirical terms the bulk of the evidence would appear to support this view, we would caution Collectors against swallowing this half […]

Antique Dealing and Social Media

Social Media can, let’s face it , be both addictively absorbing and at the same time, lots of fun. As a set of networking tools, Twitter, Facebook, et al, properly utilised, have the potential to expand not only one’s circle of friends, but in a business context, to both broaden and deepen your organisation’s customer […]

Upgrading your Collection ~ “Keep the Best and Sell the Rest”

Over the years, most Dealers will have spent a great deal of their time in auction salerooms, either viewing or bidding on goods offered for sale. This remains the case today, notwithstanding the fact that the majority of salerooms now offer online bidding facilities, typically via such portals as www.the-saleroom.com . In like manner, many […]

Victorian Staffordshire Figures ~ An English Folk Art

From the Late 18th Century, the Staffordshire Potters were successful in creating and developing a mass market for pottery figures, at prices affordable by the then burgeoning working class. These, in the form of animals, buildings and popular figures of the day adorned the homes of those who could not dream of aspiring to ownership […]