Series: Antique Trader
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Krause Publ (April 25, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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This is a great "wish book" for teapot lovers everywhere. Since this is my first purchase of a collector's type price guide, I have no "benchmark" as far as comparing to other publications of that type; however, I love the beautiful illustrations for browsing. Even though most are far beyond my price range, there is always the dream of discovering something beautiful and rare at a bargain price. I am happy with my purchase.
I love this book. Good pictures and descriptions along with accurate pricing. A perfect book for teapot collectors. Many of the teapots listed are rare and expensive so for a novice collector like me I didn't have any of the beauties listed, but it sure does give you an idea what to keep an eye out for at your next estate sale.
Obviously aimed at collectors in the U.S., there are categories and genres here that exist nowhere else. For my purposes I was grateful that over half the contents were ceramics.Colonial,Federal and other silver teapots included in a price guide are risible; two identical pieces of similar age can differ by a factor of ten in price depending on maker.I must admit the author covers quite a range; there is even a novelty teapot from the Phillipines. The real novelty value of these teapots is that they are not capable of withstanding boiling water.The Kutani ware teapots are the best/worst example of the vagaries of prices. If we remove the zero at the end of the price that would be what they would fetch here in pounds.With one thousand items in colour the author has produced an enjoyable browse rather than an informed reference book.
Beautiful illustrations of the teapots. This is an overview of what is out there but there is not much information about the makers and it would have been nice to have makers marks to help identify the pots. I would have given a five star rating but found the layout very confusing. The captions for the teapots were often placed so that you had to really hunt for the appropriate one. Some captions were on another page and a few were even overleaf. I found this very cumbersome.
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