18 posts tagged Italy

Calabria Tarentum

Coin Collecting Reviews - The Calabria Tarentum (276-272 BC) The city of Tarentum was founded in 708 BC by Spartans who had been instructed to settle by the Taras River in Italy by the Oracle of Delphi. This coin is what is known as a didrachm. The drachm was the basic Greek silver monetary unit and the didrachm (stater) was worth two times its value. Calabria, Tarentum. Circa 276-272 BC. AV Hemistater (4.24 g, 9h). Obverse with head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin Reverse with ... Continue Reading

Dorothy & Freda Doughty

Worcester Artists Dorothy Doughty (1892-1962) and Freda Doughty (-1972) The Doughty Sisters, Dorothy and Freda Doughty, probably did more to ensure the future prosperity and stability of the Royal Worcester factory than any other Worcester artists or modellers. Born in San Remo, Italy, Dorothy and Freda were the daughters of Charles Doughty, the English poet and traveller (The author of 'Arabia Deserta'and the inspiration for Lawrence of Arabia ). They came to England when the sisters were ... Continue Reading

Collectible Wedgwood Antiques

Collecting Antique Wedgwood Pottery and Porcelain. The Wedgwood Collector is faced with many imitators and must ensure they are buying true Wedgwood antiques, that are properly marked, so that the collector can confidently attribute the work to the Wedgwood potteries. Beware of pieces marked 'Wedgwood & Co', an Enoch Wedgwood mark and also wares of the 1790-1801 period by the Knottingley Pottery which are also marked 'Wedgwood & Co' Wedgwood Jasperware It took Josiah Wedgwood ... Continue Reading

Antique Wedgwood Pottery

Antique Wedgwood History & Wedgwood Marks associated with Wedgwood Creamware, Jasperware and other products The Wedgwood company is a British pottery firm, originally founded by Josiah Wedgwood c1795, and possibly the most famous name ever associated with pottery. In modern times Wedgwood merged with Waterford Crystal in 1987 to become Waterford Wedgwood. The original manufactory was a pioneer of new products such as those modelled by William Greatbach, and those coloured with lead ... Continue Reading

Rene Lalique Glass

Rene Lalique Artist and Designer. Life and career.           The life of Rene Lalique and his artistic career covered the three most significant movements in the field of decorative arts - Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.   Who was the famous glassmaker Rene Lalique? Rene Lalique was born Rene Jules Lalique in Ay, France on April 6, 1860. His mother quickly recognised her son's artistic talent. At the age of sixteenth, she  steered ... Continue Reading

Josef Riedel Glass

Claus Josef Riedel his superb glass making and the Riedel family history. Josef Riedel was born in 1925 in Polaun, Bohemia. He died on 17 March, 2004, in Genoa, Italy, aged 79. Josef Reidel was a ninth-generation glass maker He was president of the world-renowned Austrian family company from 1957 to 1994, when he was succeeded by his son Georg. Josef Riedel, as the former president of Riedel Crystal and was one of the first in this age-old craft to realise that the design of a wine glass ... Continue Reading

Antique Vaseline Glass

Tips & Advice on Collecting Antique Vaseline Glass... Collecting vaseline glass can be a minefield, with different definitions for what it is and what it isn't. So, What exactly is antique vaseline glass. The UK definition of vaseline glass : The European definition describes vaseline glass as any kind of creamy yellow glass shading to white with a colour that resembles the original vaseline ointment. In 1835 experiments with uranium as a glass colourant were being carried out ... Continue Reading

Selling Antiques Guide

The Selling Antiques Guide - How you can profit by selling antiques Buying antiques to re-sell can be very profitable but it does come with a large element of risk. By doing some careful planning, reading and studying of our guide you will minimise that risk and you might find yourself on a path to making a living by doing what you love. Sourcing Antiques The beginning of every business starts with ensuring that you have a product that is worthy of a profit margin which will make you ... Continue Reading

Collecting Antique Glass

Collecting Antique Glass offers one of the widest opportunities for the antiques collector. When collecting antique glass you are collecting some of the most delicate, most beautiful and most precious items that man has ever produced. Glass is one of the few materials that has survived into the 20th century Nothing has been developed that can replace it and the manufacturer of glass is becoming much more technically advanced. We are finding far more uses for it. The actual manufacturer ... Continue Reading

Antique Terms (M)

The Antique Marks Glossary covering Antique Terms (M) Here you will find antique terms and related words beginning with the letter 'M' including definitions and short histories covering everything from MacIntyre to the Martin Brothers, Moorcroft, Minton and Musket. Listed alphabetically, so simply scroll through or use the search function to find the word or term you are looking for. macheleid, georg heinrich (ceramics - porcelain re-invention - thuringian) Georg Heinrich Macheleid ... Continue Reading