Would anyone know the price on a stoneware sitting ballerina by Loet Vanderveen purchased at Gumps in San Francisco?
Hi - I am actually on-line looking for informatin about Vanderveen on a "sitting ceramic piece" that my mother purchased, while I was with her, back in 1971 at Gumps in San Francisco. I wouldn't even have known it was by 'Loet Vanderveen' except that I found the receipt to it while I was going through the trillion boxes of stuff of my moms (she lives with me now, she'll be 89 this summer!) It was purchased 6-22-71 and was shipped back to our home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The piece is a little old lady seated, with flowers, in her hand and with a big 'peace sign' hanging around her neck! She has a light, greenish-gray glaze. When she arrived to our home mother promptly placed her on the mantle of our fire place! The cost on the receipt says $100, plus $3.43 tax. That was the cost at the time... but who knows her value today. She is in mint condition - not a chip. I found one piece advertized on-line that showed how hard it is to find Mr. Vanderveen's signature - if you didn't know it was there somewhere you'd never know what to look for. If I hadn't found that receipt... I'd have had to take it to a professional to have found out the artist! Cindy, West Palm Beach, Florida
I don't know that it's better to bake with stoneware. It really just depends on your personal preference. Many people like to bake with stoneware, because stoneware absorbs the flavor of the food you are baking. Therefore, after you bake many things on stoneware, the stoneware actually adds flavor to your food.
Before using your Stoneware for the first time, follow these simple steps. • Rinse the Stoneware in warm water, then towel dry. • Season the Stoneware by baking a high-fat food, such as chilled, fresh croissant dough or biscuits on its surface. Afterwards, greasing is usually unnecessary. If food does stick slightly, you may lightly apply vegetable oil to the surface for the next few uses. General Guidelines for Proper Use of Stoneware • Avoid…
You purchased a stone butter churn with a blue crown and the number 2 within the crown Can someone help us identify?
The shape of stoneware vessels changed in the mid-nineteenth century. Classically ovoid shapes of crocks and jugs became more cylindrical; thus stoneware containers can be dated by their shape. Ovoid vessels date from the first half of the nineteenth century, while cylindrical containers date to the second half. Do a Google Image search, or look on E-bay for similar ones.
Stoneware is named for its resemblance to the qualities of stone. It is high-fired at temperatures over 2200 degrees F, and is hard, strong, impervious to liquids, and possesses strength and durability unmatched by other ceramics. Stoneware glazes integrate with the clay to form a scratch resistant surface. Because of the qualities I mentioned above any stoneware is oven save. However, you should not use it in a preheated oven but rather place it in…