Q&A on Collecting
Nature inspires dessert set's design
Q: Enclosed you will find a photo of a dessert set that was given to my wife and me on our wedding day in 1974. My aunt brought the set with her from Berlin, Germany. It consists of a coffee pot, cake plate, sugar bowl, cream pitcher and 12 cups, saucers and individual serving plates. Each piece is decorated with overlapping leaves, and it is marked “Rosenthal — Studio Linie.” The dishes have never been used and are in mint condition. I am not going to sell our set, but I would like to know what it is worth.
A: Rosenthal Glass and China Company is located in Germany. They introduced their “Studio Linie,” also referred to as “Studio Line,” around 1961. The designs were more modern and streamlined, and were created by well-known commercial designers that included American designer Raymond Lowey, German Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius and Scandinavian sculptor and designer Tapio Wirkkala. Your set appears to be one of Wirkkala's designs. The smooth, clean lines of his designs were inspired by nature. Your dessert set would probably be worth $350 to $450.
Q: The enclosed mark is on a set of porcelain dishes that I have. The set consists of 99 pieces and is decorated with black and white scenes of sailing ships. I am curious to know why there is no pattern name included with the mark. I am disposing of much of my estate and would appreciate any help you can give me.
A: Copeland Spode has produced fine porcelain in England since 1847. They did not always include the name of the pattern with their marks. They made several different patterns with black-and-white scenes that are transfer prints. Depending on how much you have to sell, sending your antiques to an antiques auction or having a tag sale are two options.
Your early 1900s set of dishes would probably be worth $400 to $600.
Q: I have an antique marble bust of a lady. Can you tell me how to clean it?
A: Begin by dusting the bust with a soft clean cloth. Mix warm water and mild dish soap in a bowl. Dip a clean soft cloth in suds and gently clean the bust. You can use a soft brush to get into the hard-to-reach areas. Rinse with clean warm water and dry with another clean cloth. Always avoid harsh chemicals or anything abrasive.
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