A Word About Reproductions & Restoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the price of Victorian Majolica & Staffordshire pottery increases and these ceramics become more scarce, reproductions are bound to turn up on the market. Some reproductions have a charm of their own, but it is wise to distinguish these newer items from original pieces. Reproductions will & should cost less than antique pieces. If we begin to see multiples of a rarer piece hit the market, we can assume that item has been reproduced. With the continued viewing & handling of ceramics & pottery, the collector comes to distinguish between the original and the copy.

 

Identifying Reproductions:

 

In reproductions, the glaze can be less intense and less uniform over the piece.

Consider the weight of the body — too light or too heavy?

Does the glaze feel too warm to the touch? Properly fired pottery has a cool temperature.

Always check the mark on the undersurface. It can be fraudulent or non-existent.

In repros, the modeling of a piece can be an accurate copy of the original but the details may be less exact and the glazing may not be appropriate. (ocean waves of brown, for example.)

Some complex pieces are not reproduced with all the segments, such as a cache pot without the underplate.

Majolica undersurfaces are ALMOST always glazed, including the outer rim – with repros there may be no glaze there.

Repros may have hollow handles indicating a poured slip mold or they may not be glazed fully on the interior.

 

Spotting damage and restoration:

 

The rarity of the item, any damage, and the extent and quality of any restoration will affect value. A poorly executed restoration will lower the value, while a professional, well done job will add to the value.

Damage:

Look at the most vulnerable areas first:  rims, spouts, handles, footings & high points. Run a finger over these areas to detect imperfections.

Look for stable hairlines, obvious cracks, chips & prominent crazing or staining.  A cracked item will not “bell” when tapped.

Restoration:

Look for slight changes in color, a peeling finish or a dusty coating.

Look for an area with an absence of normal crazing.

Feel for a change in texture, restored areas can have a relatively rough feel.

Feel for a change in hardness; Restorations are often made using a softer acrylic material. Unrestored glaze will feel  hard like glass & cooler to the touch than a restored area.

 

The items offered for sale on this site are guaranteed to be authentic with an accurate dateline. Signs of wear are to be expected in antique ceramics and other items. Pristine unrestored pieces are scarce. Some pieces will have minor flea bites, hairlines, crazing or restoration that commensurate with age. Minor flaws may appear enhanced in close-up photos so please review the written descriptions carefully.

 

 

Authentic George Jones Monkey Creamer

Modern copy of the GJ Monkey Creamer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A modern garish copy of the Parrot pitcher.

A modern garish copy of the Parrot pitcher.

An original Parrot Pitcher.

An original Parrot Pitcher.

 

 

 

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