Q: Enclosed is a photo of a vase that has been in my family for many years. Both my parents are dead, and I am 67 years of age. I believe this vase preceded both my parents.
The portrait of the elegant young woman on the vase is against a background that shades from cream to brown, and the interior is a white glaze. Marked on the bottom of the vase are the words "Warwick — Ioga" and the image of a knight. It is in perfect condition.
Please advise me of it history and roughly how much it would be worth on the market today.
A: Warwick China Co. was located in Wheeling, W. Va., from 1887 to 1951. They produced a wide variety of vitreous china that included: portrait vases, dinnerware, jardinieres, bowl and pitcher sets, umbrella stands, and decorative ware.
Even though some of their pieces were hand painted, much of their ware was decorated with decals. The "Ioga with a knight" mark remains a mystery as to its meaning and was used from 1905 to 1920.
Your circa 1920s portrait vase would probably be worth $250 to $325.
Q: This is a photo of the mark on the back of an earthenware plate that I inherited from my mother. The set includes 6 plates all 8 inches in diameter, and they are in perfect condition.
They are white and decorated with European village scenes and blue and pink flowers on the borders.
I would like to know more information about them and also if they have any value.