Dating antique china


08-Sep-2017 12:19

In the United Kingdom they can range in price from a few pounds for the more common ones (such as "Last in bed to put out the light") to several hundred pounds for the rarer ones, the most keenly sought being the five fairings the Vienna series (uncaptioned, but characterised by a gold band around the base).As with any antique, the value of a fairing depends on its condition - they are particularly delicate and damage of any sort can seriously reduce their value - and, in the case of fairings that are paired, whether they are offered singly or with their partners.

This, and the fact that in the whole of Europe there were much fewer china manufacturers at any one time than in China, makes it generally much easier to identify the origin of an item together – based on its mark alone.European marks may be used to identify the actual manufacturer, and possibly also the year or period it was made in; this is often indicated by mark features that were modified over time.