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 . 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 […]

“All Things Auctioneering” with John Crane of Cato Crane Auctions

On the last day of October, volunteers and supporters of Shropshire Cat Rescue were treated to a delightful and informative evening at Salop Unison Club, when John Crane of Cato Crane Auctions offered us a glimpse of what really goes on in the country’s auction salerooms. His fascinating talk, entitled “All Things Auctioneering”, lifted the […]

Restoration or Conservation ~ Two sides of the same coin

There is a great deal of hypocritical nonsense talked about the subject of restoration, which the application of a little common-sense ought quickly place into it’s proper perspective. After all, if a thing is judged worthy of conservation, then frequently this will necessarily involve it’s being faithfully restored, insofar as this may be deemed possible, […]

The vexed Question of Values ~ III ~ Fashion

If we accept the proposition that valuations in the market for antiques and collectables are decided upon in a manner more akin to that of the Stock Market, than a typical retail business, is it then possible to find other parallels therein which may prove useful. The answer of course is Yes, for, just as […]

The vexed question of Values ~ II ~ Understanding the Market

So, if there is indeed no such thing as “the right price”, or if such concept prove illusory, how is one to know what to pay when assembling one’s collection? The answer lies in developing a subtle understanding of how in practice, the market itself works. Some insight into this may be gained by studying […]

The vexed question of Values ~ I ~ The Basics

Perhaps one of the most puzzling aspects of collecting with which the novice Collector must come to terms is the often seemingly nonsensical nature of the pricing of goods encountered in the marketplace. How to make sense of this, and to understand the reasons behind it, is an important factor to be considered when setting […]