A Little Vintage Decor

by Nicki Fettuccia 09/08/2019


 

If Downton Abbey or Pride and Prejudice speak to your inner self, add a little Victorian charm to your décor with well-placed picks of porcelain. If farmhouse style is more your thing, vintage ceramic ware can bring your design to life.

In housewares, ceramics and porcelain span the gambit from lanterns, pitchers, and vases to delicate teacups, figurines, ornaments, and even knobs and pulls. Deciding where to add your special touches is the first step. But once you know where you want it, you need to find it.

Vintage shops, antique stores, and flea markets offer a lot of choices, but not all of it is antique. And if it is vintage, it might not prove hand-painted. It might be transferware or otherwise mass-produced. So, know what it should look like before you go antiquing.

What is transferware?

Historically, as a means of mass-producing ceramic or porcelain pieces, manufacturers would create an engraving on a copper plate. The inked engraving transferred onto paper and then the paper applied to the un-kilned clay object—anything from fine bone china to earthenware—allowed the clay to absorb the ink and create the design. Then, with the paper removed, glazing and firing developed the final piece with design intact. Developed in Staffordshire, England in the mid-1700s, the area became widely known for mass-produced wares destined to grace the tables of the burgeoning middle class. In the 1820s and 1830s, many designs became popular in the United States. 

While not as valuable as hand-painted pieces, transferware is highly collectible and sought after by dealers. Modern reproductions of transferware use a different, printed technique to recreate the look of the original, but they are not indeed transferware since they use different methods to imprint the designs.

To distinguish transferware from hand-painted pieces, scrutinize the edges. If the pattern runs off the side, it's likely to be transferware. Hand-painted designs flow with the shape of the dish.

Is it porcelain?

Porcelain is translucent. That means that light shines through it. So, use your cell phone’s flashlight feature to see if the beam comes through. If you can’t see a glow from the other side, it most likely is earthenware or stoneware ceramics. 

Check for stamps, initials, signatures, and other identifying marks. Often, vintage ceramics from the Eighteenth century or older showed stamped marks while newer porcelain or ceramic ware have printed or impressed marks.

Should I buy it?

No matter what the provenance, if you like the piece and it brings you joy, display it with pride.

About the Author
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Nicki Fettuccia

 Nicki Fettuccia's integrity, hard work, contagious energy and quality of service in every detail of your real estate transaction is exactly what you've been looking for.  Nicki grew up in Broome County,however, moved to the Capital District in 1998 where she knew this was where she wanted to raise her two sons.

She started her love of helping people realize their home ownership dreams back in 1992 where she worked as a Residential Mortgage Loan Processor.  She has worked most every aspect of the industry representing Owners, Buyers, Investors,and Banks both in the residential and commercial market.

Nicki is a proud mother of 2 young men and devoted to her very supportive Fiance, Bob.  An adventurer by nature; you can find Nicki hiking orkayaking in the Spring, on a motorcycle road trip in the Summer and Fall, or a spontaneous zip line adventure thru the Catskill Mountains.

Nicki has been trained and inspired in sales by some of the best.  Speakers like Than Merrill, Sean Mc Nicholas, Simon Sinek and Les Brown; just to name a few.  She flies the United States to build strong networking relationships to continue her knowledge and education in the industry.  Always looking to be the best person and agent to her clients.

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