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At 10:08am on June 14, 2014, C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk said…

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At 1:34pm on June 9, 2014, Brenda said…

Thanks for the welcome--there's a lot to learn here but I think I'm going to enjoy learning and checking it out!

At 5:11pm on May 27, 2014, richard short said…

OH YES INDEED ITS A GREAT SITE THANKS AGAIN KATHY FOR THE WARM WELCOME STILL TRYIN TO UPLOAD A PIC ,BUT NONE YET KEEP TRYIN MAY GET LUCKY. ANYHOW NICE TO MEET YOU ONCE AGAIN SINCERLY RICHARD IN OKLAHOMA

At 11:32pm on May 16, 2014, Melanie Faust said…

i AM THOROUGHLY ENJOYING YOUR SITE. IT'S BY FAR MY MOST VISITED. I CHECK IT OUT AT LEAST ONCE A DAY. THANK YOU AND I AM REALLY GLAD I JOINED 

At 9:45pm on May 1, 2014, Verontique said…

Thank you, Kathy.  I am exploring the website.  So far, I love it!

At 6:18pm on April 28, 2014, Jerry Hurtgen said…

Thx for your warm welcome.  I'll be in Boston area five days this week, then in central PA for a full week, both trips occasioned by my interest in US postage stamps.  I’m also scurrying to flesh out a 4-wk class on vintage jazz for my lifelong learning organization.  As a result my time now is limited, but I hope to connect later with folks interested in head vases.

                                                               

BTW what’s an avatar picture?          Jerry

 

 

                                             

At 4:53pm on April 24, 2014, Dorothy Walton said…

THANK YOU VERY MUCH , I AM SO SORRY I NEED TO USE ALL CAPS DUE TO HAVING VERY POOR VISION AND MOTOR SKILLS DUE TO HAVING MS . I HOPE PEOPLE READ THIS AND KNOW IM NOT BEING RUDE OR YELLING . THANK YOU FOR THE NICE WELCOME ALONG WITH A LINK TO SEE OTHER MURANO VINTAGE GLASS CLOWNS ARE . I WAS HANDED DOWN THESE PRETTY CLOWNS  A BIT AGO AND HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT THEM I JUST KNOW THAT WHILE GROWING UP SEEING THEM INMY AUNTS HOME ALL THE TIME . SHE LOVED CLOWNS WERE I FOUND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF THEM LOL . I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM BECASUE THE CRAFTMANSHIP  IS SO WONDERFUL TO BEGIN WITH . I ALSO COLLECT OTHER VINTAGE AND ANTQUES SO ONCE I GET MOVED TO NEW STATE AND SETTELED IN IM REALLY LOOKING FORWAD TO COMING HERE A LOT . I MOVE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH SO SOON . THANK YOU AGAIN

At 8:57am on April 23, 2014, sonjasun said…

Thankyou very much ^_^

At 7:44pm on March 30, 2014, SEAN BELLIN said…

Thankyou Kathy :)

At 5:14pm on March 28, 2014, SEAN BELLIN said…

Thankyou for having me here !!! :)

At 11:26pm on March 26, 2014, Bethany Thompson said…

Thanks for the welcome. I'm looking forward to getting involved. My husband and I both lost our mamas this winter and have been going through things trying to determine what we have and what we should do with it. I've always found folks interested in antiques to be friendly, knowledgeable, and just plain fun to know. I think this is going to be a fun site and groups to get to know. Beth

At 9:33am on March 25, 2014, Mary Ann Scott said…

Hello, thanks for the welcome and info. Mary Ann

At 12:26pm on March 23, 2014, Sherry S. Knott said…

Thanks Kathy! I will definitely give a holler when I need help.  As it is right now, I haven't been able to do much to get set up really well on this site.  I am getting ready to go into a booth at a local antique mall, a very nice one! Yay!  As I'm on a limited budget for now and I'm an artist, most of my stuff for sale will be my artwork.  I will also display any unique things I might find in my "junk hunting" as I call it.  I  know a little (very little, but a little) about antiques from formerly helping run an antique shop my former in-laws owned.  I hope eventually I can bring in enough to buy some antiques to sell (or more likely keep lol).  On a personal level, I LOVE antique furniture and have a lot of antiques in  my home.  House is full of antiques and collectibles now, so I started putting stuff in my outdoor art studio. Now I've filled up that space, but just can't resist some of the things I find, so, try not to laugh, now I'm "decorating" inside and outside our barn (aka hubby's man cave ...lol) He loves it!  My booth will open April 1, so I have a lot of artwork to get finished, displays to buy, decorating and setting up to do.  In addition, I will be creating a Facebook page and (hopefully soon) a website.  All this, and doing my accounting has kept me from really getting busy here.  I suppose my main objective of being part of this site is to get advice on the value of things I might have, to help me with pricing.  When people I know found out that some of the artwork I do is taking things and re-purposing them into creative artistry, I got tons of items donated to me (everybody suddenly got the urge to clean out their attics!).  Some of those items most likely have some antique value and I will probably put them in my booth as is and not re-purpose them into art, but then again, I've made some awfully nice things using "pieces" of antique items.  Soon as I get my booth set up, I will take pics and add here and will also give link to my FB page.  I wanted to name my booth so that I could advertise, so I asked hubby for help.  He immediately said, "What Knott's", since Knott is our last name! I thought it was great and, since I also do stained glass, am making in the process of making a stained glass sign with our booth name on it! In any case, whether to sell or keep, I love antiquing! :-)

At 11:33am on March 17, 2014, Sherry S. Knott said…

Thanks for the welcome and the info Kathy! I look forward to becoming an active member here and putting my two cents worth in! I'm mostly here to learn from others so ya'll just go right ahead and educate me! :-) Sherry aka Lucy

At 7:51pm on March 4, 2014, Jeff Wright said…

Thanks, Looking forward to the great things the site has to offer. I can't wait to help and get some help.

At 10:04am on February 20, 2014, Walter Del Pellegrino said…

Re: Capodimonte Figurine

Thank you for contacting me and sharing your photos and for thinking enough of me to ask my opinion. I will offer a two part answer, the first being about the figure itself and the second part concerning the subject of Capodimonte porcelain.

Without a need to see the signature lets give this piece a critical look. As I've said before when looking at figurines of this type I pay particular attention to details. The fingers are the first test. In superior quality figurines each finger is separated from each other in a natural pose. Each digit is distinct, easily identified, and you can count ten of them, all in perfect proportion to each other. You should even be able to discern fingernails. As you move down in quality you reach a point where the hands seem to be covered with mittens. You can't see much more than a lump of clay at the end of a wrist. This figurine falls toward the middle to lower end of the scale. There are fingers but they seemed webbed,. Next, lets look at the hair. In quality pieces the hair is very defined. You can see the strands of hair falling realistically and delicately down the back of the neck or the forehead. Here we have the allusion of hair but without any detail whatsoever. Any semblence of depth and detail comes from the shading of the paint. Look at the bird. In finer examples the bird would be modeled in great detail, including the feathers. Here the bird depends more on painting rather than sculpting. In all this is a nice figurine certainly worthy of display but not necessarily a piece that a porcelain collector might pursue.

On the matter of Capodimonte porcelains there is a great deal of  misunderstanding. Capodimonte is the name of a suburb outside Naples. It is best known today for it telescope and observatory. The word literally means 'Top of the Hill'. Forget about the history of the first Capodimonte factory created by the King of Spain in the 1700's.It closed in 1799.

Neither the term Capodimonte nor the Coronet (its not a Crown) are copyrighted or trademarked. You can set up a kiln in the middle of Death Valley, fire a lump of clay and put the word Capodimonte & a coronet on it and it would be legal. You cannot, however, use the term 'Made in Italy' unless the piece was actually made there. 

There are currently several dozen companies in Italy alone using these marks. Over the years there have been hundreds using the mark. This does not include foreign companies using the mark and Chinese fakes that are illegally marked 'Made In Italy'.
Current production of Capodimonte products range from the finest, most expensive, works of porcelain available anywhere to common pottery pieces worth no more than five dollars. The majority of the less expensive examples are purchased by unsuspecting tourist who want to return home and proudly display their Capodimonte masterpiece that they picked up at a real 'bargain.

Examples of true Capodimonte porcelain do not reach the open market very often. In my years of collecting I have only seen two examples offered on ebay and neither seller realized that they were genuine. As a matter of fact neither mentioned the word Capodimonte in their sales. 

Below is a link to an article I have written for my Italian pottery Forum:

http://italianpotterymarks.freeforums.org/are-you-confused-about-the-term-capodimonte-t11.html

My Forum:

http://italianpotterymarks.freeforums.org/index.php

At 5:10pm on February 6, 2014, Marlin Martin said…

Kathy,

can you help Sue Cunningham with her question about uploading pics from and ipad? I'm not sure how to help her!

Thanks, Marlin

At 9:15am on January 22, 2014, Jym H. said…

"There was an error uploading your photo: Please try again. If you keep seeing this error, try another photo."  That's all I get no matter what photo I use.  Jym

At 4:00pm on January 21, 2014, Jym H. said…

Hi Kathy, I'm loading from my computer and I have tried all sizes, from 19MB all the way to !95MB, 10 different sizes and I still get the same error message.  Jym

At 11:17am on January 21, 2014, michael j ross said…

Re: Barrel/keg

Kathy, thanks. The holes on top actually have wooden pegs/corks in each, they seem to go with it. There are no other holes anywhere in the keg. It is about the size of a butter churn for reference. I've looked at over a 1000 photos of kegs/barrels and haven't seen one like it yet.

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