Accumulating Head Vases

Ceramics, Porcelains and Vases

Whether they’re high-shouldered or pear-formed, rounded at their waists or curvaceous like a beaker, vases from China and Japan are expressive vessels. Made out of jade , bronze, porcelain, and numerous other materials, their kinds are clean slates for decorations ranging from abstract patterns of dripping glazes to intricate narratives depicting scenes from on a regular basis life, menacing dragons , and religious figures such as the Buddha.

Onerous paste porcelain manufacturing came to France within the early 1740s at the Vincennes manufacturing unit, however was moved promptly to Sevres and taken over by King Louis XV, who enacted legal guidelines restricting other French manufacturers, creating a virtual monopoly. Paris’ potters, adorning studios, gilders, and merchants had been so vocal with their complaints over the restrictions, and public demand for the positive pieces was so excessive, that eventually the King’s Council relaxed the rules to allow manufacture of monochrome items with out gilding or reduction decorations.

Picked up a couple new head vase books yesterday (1-19-2014) for my viewing pleasure. They’re older books, and the values are outdated, however, however, very useful. The primary one is The Encyclopedia of Head Vases by Kathleen Cole (1996). The second is The World of Head Vase Planters by Mike Posgay and Andian Warner (1992). I am particularly interested in the second one because it has pictures of classic head vase advertisements and information about early producers and sellers. Wanting forward to getting them!

Maddy Gordon has been one busy girl over the years, between writing books and scouring the globe for heads so as to add to her collection. Maddy also established and arranged the annual Head Hunters Conference in Florida for seventeen years, in addition to writing the Head Hunters newsletter. In 2010 she stepped down, and is now enjoying her leisurely time traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Sancai wares were northern wares made using white and buff-firing secondary kaolins and hearth clays 27 At kiln sites positioned at Tongchuan , Neiqiu County in Hebei and Gongyi in Henan , 27 the clays used for burial wares were similar to those utilized by Tang potters The burial wares were fired at a lower temperature than contemporaneous whitewares. Burial wares, such as the effectively-identified representations of camels and horses, have been solid in sections, in moulds with the parts luted together utilizing clay slip. In some cases, a level of individuality was imparted to the assembled collectible figurines by hand-carving.