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Friday, September 24, 2010

Peacock UPDATE:

SOLD at auction on September 23, 2010. Price Realized £109,250 or $171,413. Price includes buyer's premium.

A strong price compared to a past result of 1998, when Christie's west London, offered an example of the Minton peacock with a £15,000 to £20,000 estimate and it made £95,000.

More on this RARE BIRD! One has roosted at the Walker gallery in Liverpool since 1891. Visit this story.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ceramicists Christine Viennet new book - Bernard Palissy and his followers from the XVIth century to this day

The most famous of all ceramicists? Most certainly. But there is more to it. He remains a great name in French history for having been a model of perseverance and a passionate searcher and artist who burnt his furniture in order to reach the necessary temperature to fire his ceramics : a scene immortalized for generations in French school books and narrated by Palissy himself in his “Discours admirables”.

It is first of all, this strong and creative personality that captured Christine Viennet’s interest and the reason of her studies of Palissy. His tribute to nature, his enthusiasm and curiosity, led to the invention of his naturalistic ceramic style and has marked ceramic history.

In her book, Christine Viennet shows a thorough knowledge of the works of this multitalented man and of his followers from the XVIth century to the present days, with 300 pictures of a stunning collection of plates, vases, ewers… and notably fine pieces from the XVIth to the XXIst century.

Ordering a copy of the book is as simple as visiting the MIS Bookstore.

Minton Peacock at auction at CHRISTIE'S, London

Membership Reminder: At our 2010 Convention Melissa Bennie of Christie's shared the fact that on September 23, 2010 a Minton Peacock would be at auction at CHRISTIE'S King Street London.

Additional news! There is more. This Minton Nautilus Shell Jardinere will be in the same auction as lot #178

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Price Realized £11,250 or $17,651, the price includes buyer's premium

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Skinner Boston to sell the Kadison Collection of Wedgwood October 1st, 2010

Carita and Stuart Kadison began collecting Wedgwood in the late 1950’s but it was not until the mid 1960’s that their collecting really developed. Their early area of focus was Wedgwood and Bentley and the other fine wares of the 18th century. They traveled extensively, searching for new pieces, and also relied on dealers such as Seal Simon, Fred Tongue, Leo Kaplan and David Newbon. As time went by they also included Wedgwood majolica as a focal point, and they amassed one of the finest collections of Wedgwood majolica in the country. Much of the collection is illustrated in Robin Reilly’s two volume Wedgwood dictionary.

This important sale includes two hundred and thirty two lots and features numerous examples of Wedgwood and Bentley, 18th century jasper including a pair of tea urns and covers, and a wide variety of black basalt with plaques, wine and water ewers, stirrup cups, busts, tea wares and other ornamental wares. Variegated wares, cane ware and queen’s ware are also well in evident. The majolica encompasses over seventy lots and includes many figures and figural groups featuring a large Isaac and Rebekah group, a hefty model of a bull, and many ornamental wares and tea wares. Also worth mentioning are a fine pair of moonlight luster crater urns, fairyland luster, Emile Lessore decorated wares, and a blue jasper mounted ormolu, wood and cut glass figural mantel clock.

Preview: Thursday, September 30th, 12-8pm; Friday October 1st, 12-5:30pm.
Sale: October 1st at 6pm.

Use this link and search MAJOLICA

For further information please contact Stuart Slavid at or at 508 970-3278.