George White studied art in London before becoming the chief specialist figure painter on vases, plates, cups and saucers at Doulton’s Burslem Studio. He painted figures, usually maidens in romantic scenes and wearing diaphanous garments. He uses soft and delicate colours and was able to depict the translucent quality of these robes in realistic and very lovely detail. He also decorated Luscian ware, one of Charles Noke’s many specialties. It is an enamelled pottery and tended to be decorated in the Art Nouveau style from around 1900. George’s vases and plates must have taken hours of painstaking work to decorate, and together with the rarity value of these finest pieces, it’s no wonder they are much sought after now.
A consignment of furniture from the medieval Eastington Hall, Worcestershire, boosted Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) latest sale in […]
More of a curiosity than a clock but a decorator’s dream, a life-size caricature of a smiling Chinese […]
Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) offered 12 impeccably provenanced pieces by Peter Waals (1870-1937) at Oxford on May 23. […]
A set of the monumental ‘Description de l’Égypte…’ in its specially made case was sold last month in […]
A lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that was “evidently given” by the great composer to the pianist […]
Bid to a much higher than expected $23,000 (£17,970) in a Massachusetts auction was the signed photograph of […]
Two astronomical works dating from the 17th century were among the more successful works in a recent German […]
Inscribed by Winston Churchill “…For Mrs Johnston in these great days”, a 1941 (second) edition of ‘Into Battle’, […]
A ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers that sold at auction last year has […]
A Chinese parcel gilt bronze censer, that was being used to hold tennis balls when first seen by […]
English silver has, for centuries, been accepted as the finest in the world. This is due to the unique system of Hallmarks, the zeal and zealous traditions of the Guild of English Goldsmiths. The birth of the industrial revolution and the introduction of tea as a national drink in the 18th century provided wealth for the common person. They could buy silver and the crafting of silver became a major art form. It must be noted that most English Silversmiths concentrated on good quality and design, instead of price. The high quality is the reason why English silver has lasted so long and will continue to be enjoyed by many future generations.
The sale of a remarkable gramophone collection two years ago at the Cotswold Auction Company (20% buyer’s premium), […]
A nose cone from the supersonic Concorde plane is coming to auction in Northamptonshire. Extracted from Antiques Trade […]
The very first original cover art featuring comic character Tintin has sold at auction in the US for […]
An impressive 8in (20cm) high ice pail, cover and liner made what is thought to be a record […]
When James Hadley started his apprenticeship, Royal Worcester was still known as Kerr and Binns of Worcester. Such was his skill that by 1870, he became the chief designer in the factory. John Sandon, a well-respected British authority on glass and ceramics, described James Hadley as “probably the finest English modeller of all time”. He was said to be able to work in any style or form but is best known for his decorative figures. Perhaps one of his most famous models was the “Aesthetic Teapot”. In 1875, he left the Worcester factory and set up his own. James Hadley had a somewhat turbulent career. Yet, he left some of the finest models ever produced.
Vincent van Gogh died from a gunshot wound in the summer of 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in the south […]