Rockingham Pottery

Rockingham Pottery

Brownish glazed Rockingham pottery originated in England, where it was named after the Marquis of Rockingham, who produced it at his Swinton pottery.

Essentially Rockingham is yellow ware that is streaked or dappled with a lustrous manganese brown glaze; some is tortoise-shell or spattered yellow. The brown color is part of the glaze itself, which was spattered on the fired clay body. Variations in color were achieved by applying the glaze more [...] Click here to continue reading.


Decanters & Stoppers

Decanters & Stoppers

A great number of early early decanters were made with a heavy ‘donut’ shaped lip often referred to as a bar lip. These were designed to be used with cork plugs or what were referred to as ‘patent’ stoppers. These were much less expensive to manufacture than matching glass stoppers which required grinding by hand to the correct size. As an example of this practice consult the McKee Bros. (Pittsburg) price [...] Click here to continue reading.


Ruyi – Chinese

Chinese Ruyi

Visitors to Beijing’s Forbidden City will notice a valuable exhibit called ruyi (formerly spelled as juyi) with a head like a shred of cloud and a long body or handle in the shape of a flat S. It may be made of any of a wide range of valuable materials: gold, jade, jadeite, crystal, agate, coral, agolloch eaglewood, bamboo, bone and what not. And the workmanship is often quite meticulous: it is [...] Click here to continue reading.


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