Maker's, Designer's and Retailer's History

We're passionate about antiques and all things collectible. We try to find out as much as we can about the history of each piece. If you love finding out about the artists, designers, retailers and makers of past periods you may enjoy browsing our pages on Maker's History. We have included historical overviews in these pages together with recommended links for further reading. Contact Us if you want further recommendations to find out more.

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Royal Doulton had an enormous influence on decorative ceramics – and it all started with salt-glazed stoneware. 

Etling commissioned and retailed high art deco items at his Paris store – promoting influential artists and designers.

Imari ware shows a vast breadth of styles – from those produced by local craftsmen to high pieces by renown artisans.

Liberty’s success grew alongside the designers he collaborated with - typified by Knox and his Tudric designs.

Establish in collaboration with Christopher Dresser, Linthorpe Pottery was renowned for its innovative designs.

Loetz captured the Art Nouveau era in glass - with glass designs and techniques that have not been replicated since.

Art glass created from the collaboration between Moncrieff and Ysart - each piece unique.

Ironstone’s popularity grew when porcelain imports ceased and ended with the development of bone china.

The Nailsea craftsmen utilised leftover material to produce unique items typical of the Nailsea glass so loved today.

Orivit’s brief but highly influential history left a legacy of exquisite art nouveau designs in pewter.

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Royal Crown Derby, one of the oldest porcelain producers in England gained huge popularity with its Imari patterns.

Their experimental glazes created each piece as completely unique - techniques now lost to history!

Spode’s key developments included transfer techniques and felspar porcelain – the forerunner of modern bone china.

From classic to high art nouveau and deco - WMF’s success came from innovative designs that epitomised the period.

A window into a fascinating period when etiquette governed how and when we made social visits.

Evolved using earlier horological developments - their popularity triggered by changes in society and how we lived.

Reflecting advancements through the industrial revolution and our need for transportation and infrastructure.

An insight into how affluent society traveled - the dressing case became a means of demonstrating status and wealth.

A different era when tea caddies secured what probably would have been the most valuable commodity in the home.

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