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Apart from Chinese porcelain, the English is also known for their intricate porcelain wares. English porcelain differs than that of the Chinese where they were considered to be one of the later nations to have started making porcelain as compared to the rest of Europe.
Soft paste was the style that is most associated with porcelain from England and it was believed that all English 18th century factories adopted the use of soft paste, the ones in Plymouth, Bristol and New Hall used a different type which was a hard paste mixture. Towards the late 18th century, the New Hall factories began working on new techniques which was then referred to as the hybrid hard paste?
Later on, all English factories would improve and then adopted English Bone China method. This was created by Josiah Spode which used a mixture of hard paste and bone ash to create the porcelain, a technique which is still very common today. If you have a collection of English porcelain objects, you will find that those that were made in 18th and 19th century would likely not come with a factory mark because less than 50% of antique English porcelain from that era are known not to come with them.
That means that you will have to start looking for other ways to identify the items and the major method is to looking for them through the type of paste used or at the shape and the colours applied. You could also identify them through the handle, the mouldings and other elements.
Through these factors, you might stumble across certain signs of the factory that manufactured the porcelain while there are also signatures within the item. Apart from that, you could also authenticate your findings with an expert
When collecting English porcelain, you will surely come across a lot of Bone China dinnerware which as mentioned is one of the trademarks of the English pottery makers. Using refined clay and bone ash, it was aimed to achieve in making dinnerware.
Among the most expensive bone china is sold was the 10 Wedgewood bone china coffee pots by Skinner aucton house for $300 and 2 Wedgwood bone china tea sets with trays for $325. A Devenport bone china Pitcher was also recently sold for $110 by Livingston while 110 pieces of Marlow bone china was sold for $325 by Kuehnert Auctioneers that came with a pattern.
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