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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 …

Antique teaware: China

"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 …

Picture postcards

Deltiology, the study and collecting of picture postcards, is thought to be third largest collecting hobby in the world.   Once upon a time, weary travellers knew that their first duty upon arriving at a destination was to buy a bunch of picture …

Royal Albert porcelain

The name Royal Albert brings to mind delicate tea cups that Victorians might have used. For a good reason: Victorians did use them.   If Thomas Wild and Co. wanted to win the favour of the upper British classes by naming their table and tea …

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 …

Dreaming of Africana

Some may miss the hunt and driving hundreds of kilometres to visit crafts markets and small stores. However, most of us will welcome the opportunity to find antique, vintage, traditional or derived South African and African artefacts on …

Bottle openers and corkscrews for collectors

Collecting bottle openers and corkscrews has a lot going for it. It is an engrossing hobby; the exhibits can fit into a shoebox; and it can be enjoyed on a shoe-string budget.   The truth is that most people start collecting openers because they …

Porcelain – China’s gift to the world

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 …

The most valuable teas in the world

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 …

Know your antiques: Louis who?

When browsing the bidorbuy antique furniture section, you are likely to come across one or more of the famous four Louis: XIII, XIV, XV or XVI. Who are all these Louis, and why is the antique furniture bearing their names still sought after, centuries …