Terms of the Trade: Prattware

Prattware is the collective term given to a specific style of underglaze coloured earthenware, often relief decorated, produced in the UK from approximately 1780 to 1840.

The light earthenware body of a piece is decorated in a palette of oxide colours comprising, cobalt blue, yellow ochre, manganese, brown, and copper green, which are applied under a pearlware glaze. This palette had been previously used as the basis for polychrome delftware.

The Makers Series: Jingdezhen Kilns

The home of Imperial porcelain manufacture from the Ming dynasty onwards, the Jingdezhen Kilns of Jiangxi province in Southern China are famed for producing the finest quality Chinese porcelain for both the domestic and export markets.

Although a comparatively remote location, Jingdezhen was ideally suited for the production of porcelain given the area’s abundance of high quality Petuntse deposits, forests to provide fuel for the kilns and the Changjiang river offering a convenient means of shipping.

Terms of the Trade: Treen

The term treen is derived from the old English word trēowen, meaning “of the tree” or to put it in more simple terms, wooden. In the antiques trade it is the collective name used to describe handmade functional items which are made predominantly from wood.

From the earliest civilizations until the birth of the Industrial Revolution wood was the major raw material used in the production of most objects. This was due to its durability and versatility as a medium, as well as the prolific abundance of material available and its inexpensive cost.

Rita Konig for BADA Week 2022

Rita Konig speaks to the BADA about selecting the colour for BADA Week 2022, her love of antique china and glass, and her top tips for decorating your home.

Thank you so much for choosing the BADA Week colour for 2022. Could you tell us more about why you have chosen this particular colour?

I love olive green and find it is a colour that almost everything looks good with.  

The Makers Series: Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti was an Italian painter, artist and designer with an eclectic style. He was a very important figure in Italian industrial design culture, to such an extent that his name is internationally known. He was involved in a variety of disciplines, including painting, drawing, graphic and product design. In the course of his career he created over 13,000 works of art and was responsible for one of the largest outputs of objects and furniture of the 20th century.

The Makers Series: Paul Storr

One of the finest silversmiths of the Regency period, Paul Storr’s magnificent neo-classical designs were much admired by Royalty and the English aristocracy, adorning palaces, and stately homes throughout Europe. His creations remain much in demand with contemporary collectors and can be seen in the collections of Windsor Castle, the V&A Museum, Buckingham Palace, The New York Metropolitan Museum, and a host of other leading public and private collections worldwide.

Terms of the Trade: Teapoy

Originally, the term teapoy was used to describe a small flat topped three-legged table and derives from the Hindi word tīn, meaning three, and the Persian word pāi, meaning foot. In the 17th century the term was usually spelt “tepoy” a name which bore no relation to the drink it at all and early examples are often mistaken for candle stands. However, the evolution of the term is intrinsically linked with the British passion for tea.

The Makers Series: Dent London

Established in 1814, Dent London quickly earned an unparalleled reputation for the accuracy of their clocks and marine chronometers, earning them the patronage of monarchs, and famed explorers, as well as some very famous public commissions.

Born in 1790, Edward John Dent was just three years old when his mother passed away and was apprenticed to his grandfather, a candle merchant, at the age of 14, finding lodgings with his cousin Richard Rippon.

International Women's Day 2022: An Interview with Louise Phillips

For International Women's Day 2022, we interviewed our first female Chairman of BADA: Louise Phillips. Louise is a second-generation dealer, carrying on the business founded by her mother, Elaine Phillips Antiques.


How did you first discover a love for fine art and antiques?

My parents were collectors. As a baby I was taken to sales at the weekend in my carry cot and it went from there.  As I grew up, I loved sourcing items of stock and still do.