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Tips for Spotting Fake Enamel Porcelain Signs

Counterfeit, reproduced and my least favourite turn of phrase used by some auction houses to bamboozle the collector ” a modern vintage” enamel porcelain signs. It never used to bother me when I would see people offering to recreate some of the great old enamel porcelain enamel signs using an enamel firing process of sorts and heavy gauge steel. They for the most part always owned the fact that they were reproduction / fantasy pieces and…

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Vinyl Record Resurgence

Vinyl records revival shows no sign of slowing down at all. Although there are no official figures for Australia, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced back in April of 2016 that  637,056 LP albums were sold in the first three months of 2016. That is an incredible number for a format that was first introduced in the 1950’s. That also represent a 62% increase on the 1st quarter of 2015 in the United Kingdom, with vinyl record…

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Mid Century Modern: A style encapsulating an era of post war optimism.

Mid Century Modern: A style encapsulating an era of post war optimism. Now more than ever it seems that Mid Century Modern Furniture and the items that accesorise them (think Bitossi pottery, West German Lava vases and Sunburst clocks to name a few) are in great demand. I think this is in no small part thanks to the great and sadly late AMC television show Mad Men. Don Draper’s apartment was both a thing of…

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A brief History of the Visionary Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff is held in the highest regard as one, if not the most, influential ceramics artists of the 20th century. Her ceramic pieces are so stunning and imaginative that her work is coveted worldwide and is only increasing in value. Here I present a brief glance at the formative years of this visionary of her field. From tea cups to sugar bowls, vases to water pitchers and beer steins to Jazz figurines she did…

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