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Collectors Book 1902. Lowestoft or Chinese ?
The link PDF below from the Smithsonian , opens to to a book published in the USA in 1902. It contains many photo's and advertisements from the period with prices. Interesting to see what was popular early in the 20thc. There is a chapter devoted to the difference between genuine Lowestoft porcelain and Asian porcelain decorated in the western taste, and further argument as whether blanks were imported into England from China and decorated at Lowestoft and then re-exported to the USA. As this debate often arises amongst collectors today thought would post.
I found some of the advertisements quite amusing if you convert some the 1902 dollar prices to today's values they paid huge money for what is basically mass produced staffordshire transfer printed wares that you might find it hard to even find a market for in 2022.
Hope it is of interest to members.
That is interesting on the Staffordshire border patterns, too; well, for me, anyway. Staffordshire blue & white transfer pieces were bringing a fair bit of money in the UK towards the end of the 20th c, then it suddenly collapsed.
A very interesting book that I’ve never seen before,thanks for showing it.
These are the Lowestoft Books that are extremely in depth.
Thank you Michael. Yes, 12+ dollars for a transferware platter when you made 40 dollars a month seems steep. Of course that 40 was in real dollars with buying power, not today's play money. Fashion plays a part as well, whether something was popular, equate it to people willing to pay big money for jeans that look like a bobcat has shredded them while chasing you out of the forest. The old adverts are fun, china repair and I wish they still had the magazine for book collectors. I subscribed to a very fine one in the nineties, titled Biblio, alas it went under and now would be online subscriptions if revived.
Thank you to those that posted a like, also to @julia and @shine thank you for your replies. When you first open the link if you scroll down a little there is a further 2 volumes of the book. If you have the time and inclination there are many interesting articles in relation to comparisons with Chinese patterns. The second volume has a chapter charting the history of the Willow pattern on English china with references to Chinese originals. There are also many examples from European makers. I found it interesting as last century I collected about a dozen or so English blue and white plates made by Clews decorated with scenes taken from engravings by Thomas Rowlandson showing the adventures or misadventures of Dr Syntax .
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