A porcelain auction can turn up a huge variety of different ceramic articles from all over the world and from a wide range of time periods. If porcelain antiques interest you then you could find all sorts of fascinating treasures at an auction.
Types of porcelain at an auction
Porcelain is often informally referred to as china in the UK as China was where porcelain making originated and developed, however at a porcelain auction you could find pieces from anywhere in the world. The main types people tend to look for in the UK include:
- Oriental porcelain
- Continental porcelain
- English porcelain
Most of the earliest examples are Chinese, though Japan and Korea also have a long history of creating porcelain in distinct artistic styles. Collectors of English porcelain will often specialise in certain types.
How to get the most out of a porcelain auction
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of attending a porcelain auction:
- Read up on the type of porcelain you are interested in to get an idea of what you are looking for. There are hundreds of books on all types and periods of antique porcelain and the internet can also be a great source of information.
- Attend the viewing day before the auction in order to find out what is going to be on auction and to examine the condition of the pieces. This will also give you a chance to check for porcelain marks and to do any further research prior to bidding.
- Do some research to find out what similar items have sold for in other auctions and set yourself a budget accordingly.
The sheer diversity of porcelain antiques and collectibles that exist means that you could find almost anything at a porcelain auction. Do your research but don’t forget to enjoy yourself too!
Find out more about Boningtons’ porcelain auction department on our website.