How do I Identify and Value my Vintage Ceramics/Porcelain?
All of us are hoping that the ceramic or porcelain piece that we inherited from our grandparents or that caught our eye and was purchased from a yard sale is worth a lot of money. But how can we identify the manufacture, age, and value of these pieces. This article gives you some guidelines and approaches that can help you do just that. While Mr. Lim’s Priceless Porcelain (www.mrlimsporcelain.com) does not deal in vintage or antique items, we hope that you love and hold on to our newly made products for a good long time and watch them grow in value. Read More
History of Ceramics (Pottery, Ceramic, & Porelain)
Recently re-dated ceramic shards from the Paleolithic/Neolithic cave site of Xianrendong in the Yangtse Basin of central China in Jiangxi province hold the earliest established dates, at 19,200-20,900 cal BP years ago. These pots were bag-shaped and coarse-pasted, made of local clay with inclusions of quartz and feldspar, with plain or simply decorated walls. These are known to be the oldest artifacts of pottery in the world.
In 14,000 BC the production of pottery began at the Amur river in modern-day Russia. The first pottery from the near east begins near 6500 BC. The oldest faience workshop in Egypt was founded at Abydos in 5500 BC. Faience is a glassy substance manufactured most expertly by the ancient Egyptians. No one knows where and when the pottery wheel was invented. Around 2000 BC the pottery wheel was introduced to the Minoan civilization of Crete. In China, A hard, dense, with green-hued glaze emerged on their stoneware between 1500-1000 BC. In 1000 BC the first Proto-geometric style pottery is produced in Greece. Starting in 900 BC the Greeks begin using a geometric style when making pottery. Read More
What is the difference between Pottery, Porcelain, and Ceramic?
Pottery fragment from Xianrendong, layer 3C1B. Ten radiocarbon dates from this layer range between 17,488-19,577 BC cal BP.
While definitions vary amongst experts, generally, pottery, ceramics, and porcelain are defined by the process of a fired or heat cured clay. Looking at it from the most general and historic standpoint, all 3 of these fall under the definition of ceramics. For the purposes of this article we will indicate the general category of ceramic, excluding pottery, as ‘Ceramic’ and the more specific subset as ‘ceramic(s)’.
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