Gaudy Welsh china inspired by Japanese Imari porcelain
Published: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.
Q: I have packed away china. I have been told it is Gaudy Ironstone. I cannot find anything like it on the Internet. I have many large serving pieces. I also have plates in two sizes, maybe 30 plates. There is a huge platter, soup tureen, round platter, covered vegetable dish and small meat plate.
They are in good condition, with a few small chips on a few dinner plates. I saw the same china in the 1970s, on display in the Thomas Jefferson home in Fort Myers. If not the same, it was very close to the same.
— B.V., Internet
A: I do not doubt that Thomas Edison had some similar dinnerware to your beautiful English china. It was fashionable and popular during the time. Gaudy Dutch, Gaudy Ironstone and Gaudy Welsh were popular patterns made mostly in the Staffordshire district of England and Wales, during the early to late 19th century. The patterns are similar and easily misidentified. I think you have Gaudy Welsh, which was inspired by Japanese Imari porcelain. It was produced in massive quantities by numerous companies in England. The mark on the back of your platter indicates it was manufactured by the famous Minton Porcelain Works. The time of production based on the mark is 1830 to 1860. Potential dollar value for the small platter is less than $50.
A: I inherited two Spanish chairs from my great-grandfather from Spain. They are foldable chairs if you remove the back part. The total dimensions are 24 inches wide, 37 inches high and 21 inches deep. They are in very good shape.
I would like to sell them because I do not have space in my house here in Gainesville. Can you let me know where I can find an interested buyer, and for how much I can sell them?
— M.L.R., Internet
A: The type of chair you own is called a Savonarola chair. They have been made in Italy since the 1500s, and on into the 20th century. Folding or X-form chairs were made throughout Europe. They were generally plain vanilla, but some were inlaid with ivory, mother of pearl and other materials in very ornate designs. The one you own was made in the 20th century. They are generally very slow to sell, except for those made 200 to 300 years ago. If you get more than $100, it will be a lucky day.
Q: I have a cuckoo clock from my parents. They bought it in 1971, and it has a tag on the back. How can I identify the age? In addition, it needs to be repaired. Do you know of a well-known repair shop in this area? This clock is sentimental to me. I have another small one, too. It also needs to be repaired.
— P.R., Citra
A: Unless your parents were antiques collectors, it is likely the clock was new when purchased. To get both clocks repaired, I suggest you contact Gordon Lambert at 591-1739. He regularly repairs cuckoo clocks, and has been repairing clocks for decades. I have had many folks who have been pleased with his work.
Q: I was cleaning out my mother's home and found a collection of about a dozen, very small, cups and saucers. A friend thinks they are “Salesman Samples,” and because of the number, might be of interest to a collector. Can you tell me anything about this possibility?
— L.W., Internet
A: Due to the general awareness of the considerable collector interest in Salesmen's Samples, any item that is a small version of a full-size item is often called a Salesmen's Sample in order to make it more salable. Very often, things made for children are mistakenly included in the Salesmen's Sample category.
You have a nice selection of children's cups and saucers. Potential dollar values range from $1 to $15 per cup and saucer, depending on maker's marks.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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