Like porcelain, it is fired at very high temperatures (1,200 to 1,400 degrees), literally melting the minerals (usually feldspar) within the clay to create a non-porous ceramic.
This makes stoneware an excellent container for food storage, which is why so many 19th- and 20th-century stoneware pieces were made in the shapes of crocks, jugs, jars, and other household items.
Creating the necessary sense of occasion can often require experience, expertise and an international reach.
In the past decade, many satisfied clients have trusted Freeman’s with the auction of their collections, recognizing a team with immense experience in the international art market. Horst Collection of Fine Art to the spectacular Safford Collection from Vaux Hill, our track record speaks for itself.
In earlier times each valley of the Alps had its own specialty cheese that was used to pay taxes.
It may take forms including art ware, tile, figurines, sculpture, and tableware.
Vibrant, cosmopolitan, and steeped in culture, Amsterdam is one of the best and most alluring city destinations in Europe.
Highlights include the Grachtengordel (the area in the heart of Amsterdam comprising the city’s main canals, many small bridges, and the quaint 17th-century canal houses), the controversial Red Light District, its world-famous coffee shops, the illustrious Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Sexmuseum, and the Anne Frank House.
Whether a collection is the long-term accumulation of an old titled family or the more recent product of corporate art collecting, it is these elements – the storytelling that surrounds so many art and antiques – that add both kudos and value.
But seasoned observers are aware that the ability to maximise that potential in the marketplace – and generate the extraordinary prices that only the competitive environment of the saleroom provides – is less than straightforward.