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Antique teaware: Japan

The Japanese inherited tea from the empire of China: A country where the art of tea was already ages old – a gentle pleasure that ran back to antiquity. It is perhaps fitting that tea arrived in Japan in 805, the same century that saw the writing of the Cha Ching (The Classic of Tea) […]

Antique teaware: China

Qingbai porcelain tea bowl

“A cup of tea is a cup of peace.” Soshitsu Sen XV Tea is for some a repast and for others a religion. It entered history as a medicinal brew during the Han dynasty of China (206 BC–220 AD), although folk tales mention tea being drunk during the long years of the ancient Shang dynasty […]

Royal Doulton porcelain

Royal Doulton Porcelain

The secret of porcelain was closely guarded by the Chinese for generations. The method of its manufacture was highly coveted by Europe and when the Europeans finally learned the arcana of porcelain in the 18th century, a thriving industry immediately came into being. Within a century, the prime producers of porcelain were household names in […]

Porcelain – China’s gift to the world

Qing porcelain vase

China is country of many firsts. It could even be said the much of mankind’s history is the history of China. The Chinese invented what many historians consider to be most ground breaking inventions in world history: Gunpowder, Paper, Printing and the Compass. The first revolutionized warfare, the second two allowed for the dissemination of ideas and culture […]

The most valuable teas in the world

tea, da hong pao, pand dung tea, chinese tea, tea leaves, darjeeling tea, tea culture, tea ceremony, Japanese tea

In the East tea is treated with the same veneration and sophistication as Europe affords the ruby vintages of its vineyards. In the West a cup of tea is merely a soothing end to a long days work, or a wonderful way to spruce up a delicious breakfast; here its most extreme incarnation is found […]

Gemstone spotlight: Pearls

Pearls

Moh Hardness Scale: 2.5 to 4.5 Specific Gravity: 2.6 – 2.85 Refractive Index: 1.52 – 1.69 Colour: White, pink, yellow, silver, black, blue, green   Pearls are some of the oldest of all gemstones, perhaps the oldest. Valued since ancient times, specimens dating from the 6th century BC have been discovered. Traditionally seen as a […]

Our picks of rare finds on bidorbuy this November!

Fine antique Murdoch Piano

There is no shortage of interesting collectable objects and antiques on bidorbuy this November!   First of all, if you are looking to tie the knot, then consider this 2.24 ct internally flawless, G colour diamond. Certified fully by the world’s pre-eminent diamond body the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), this stone is perfect for […]

Rare finds for October

Porcelain Collectors of English porcelain will rejoice at this beautiful and rare 1940 Royal Albert Rosedrop Bone China set of six tea cups and saucers.     If your fancy is tickled by the classic porcelain ware of the East, then consider this antique Samurai tea cup and saucer made in 1891.   Furniture   Most modern […]

Spotted on bidorbuy in September!

bidorbuy is the number one spot on the net to find treasures of all types, including collectible coins, militaria, porcelain, stamps and cut gemstones. Here we showcase some of the coolest, rarest items that are currently available on bidorbuy!   Books   All seasoned collectors of Africana books rejoice!  A rare 1st edition of Jock of the Bushveld is available on bidorbuy.   If […]

The rarest gemstones you’ve never heard of

Since ancient times men have coveted the mineral riches of the earth. Iron, tin, copper, silver and gold have been valued since antiquity, alongside the various gems with which they share the dark rock.   The Ancient Greeks were the first to classify gems into two broad categories – precious and semi-precious stones. The original […]