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Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Welcome to our weekly “What’s In The Box” series. Every week we hunt through boxes to uncover treasures to sell at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers. Come along for the ride! You’ll never know what we’re gonna find. Since it’s October and Halloween is quickly approaching we’ve got a spooky box for you to check out!  

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Josiah Wedgwood

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Josiah Wedgwood was the youngest of twelve children born in Burslem, Staffordshire in 1730. His home town became renowned for its pottery production in the latter half of the eighteenth century. In her early twenties, Josiah Wedgwood worked for the most renowned potter of his day Thomas Whieldon. Wedgwood became Whieldon’s partner in 1754. Josiah […]

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Royal Doulton Darling

Posted on Saturday, June 9th, 2018

The company that was to become Royal Doulton started in 1815 in Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London making ceramic bottles and sewer pipes. With the development of the Improved Water Closet, Doulton even made some very attractive toilets. By the 1870’s, Doulton started to produce decorative pottery and employed artists such as the Barlow’s. In 1901, […]

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Tea Urn

Posted on Saturday, June 9th, 2018
tea urn

Tea urns first appeared in the 1760’s. A tea urn is a receptacle that is placed on top of a tea table and held hot water for making tea. The hostess would use the hot water and refresh the leaves to brew further pots of tea for herself and guests. Because these objects were on […]

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Fountain

Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Fountain comes from the latin word fons which means source or spring. The ancient Greeks had aqueducts that terminated in fountains for drinking and washing. The Romans mastered the aqueduct. Excavations at Pompeii show civic works including fountains at regular intervals along public streets. These were fed from the aqueducts via lead pipes. Wealthy Romans […]

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Thomas Chippendale

Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale (UK, 1718-1779) was a cabinet maker who became a household name by publishing the first furniture catalogue “The Gentlemen and Cabinet Maker’s Director”. His work was copied throughout England as well as the New Worl. The slightly curving back legs of this chair reach up to form the back rest and the back […]

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Jian Ding

Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Tang Horse

What do wax Customs Export Approval seals or “Jian Ding” on Chinese items really mean? Does it guarantee the piece is an antique? The answer, of course, is not simple. Jian Ding have been used since about 1949 to approve items for export. Anything made before 1949 is considered a “cultural relic” and cannot be […]

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Torpedo Bottles

Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Torpedo Bottles

Torpedo bottles (Hamiltons to our American friends) were round bottomed so they had to be kept on their side to keep the cork moist and sealed. This form was popular in the 1840’s through 1870’s. This lot is a glass ‘torpedo’ bottle in leather holder, with leather ‘cap’ threaded through buckled leather carry straps which […]

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Asian and International Fine and Decorative Arts

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

April 26, 2018 is our Asian and International Fine and Decorative Arts auction and we have jade jewelry. Jade is a term used to describe two different stones: jadeite and nephrite. The two stones differ in chemical composition, crystal structure and hardness. There are also many stones that look similar to jade. Look at your […]

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Join Alison at an Orion Lecture in Fine Arts

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Join Alison on October 4, 2016 at 7 pm at UVic in the Bob Wright Centre, Room B150 to hear about Robert Wittman’s exciting adventures in investigating art crimes with the FBI. “Saving $300 Million in Art and Antiquities: True Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones.” Alison will finish the evening off with a brief talk about art crimes in Victoria. For information check www.uvic.ca/events or call 250-721-7942

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