Art Deco 1910-1939

Art Deco began in Paris in the early 20th Century but it didn’t begin to flourish until after WW1. The term Art Deco derived from the title of the 1925 Parisian Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifis et Industriels Modernes, which emphasised the “Arts Decoratifs” or the decorative arts such as furniture, glass, ceramics and textiles.

The style of Art Deco is charaterised by

  • geometric and angular shapes.
  • chrome, glass, shiney fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles.
  • stylised images of aeroplanes, cars, skyscrapers and cruise liners.
  • nature motifs – shells, flowers and sunrises.
  • theatrical contrasts – highly polished wood and glossy black lacquer mixed with satins and furs.

Buildings built during the Art Deco period and which represent a strong art deco style include the Chrysler Building in New York, City Hall in Buffalo New York, The Empire State Building and The Fisher Building in Detroit.

Some big names of the Art Deco period incude:

Eileen Gray: furniture,

Raymond Templier: jewellery,

Clarice Cliff: china,

Rene Lalique: glass,

Paul Poiret: fashion.

Eileen Gray Transat Chair

Raymond Templier, Platinum, 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond bangle

A Paul Poiret design

Clarice Cliff “Age of Jazz” figures

Rene Lalique amber glass 'Archers' vase, c.1930

Art Deco fashion

Art Deco fashion

Art Deco poster advertising The World's Fair in Chicago


Antiques Roadshow

The Antiques Roadshow series began as a 1977 BBC documentary about a London auction house doing a tour of South-West England. The pilot show was such as success that they decided to change the format and began to record the series as we know it today. The long running series is memorably known for it’s opening song and sequence featuring the little green Citreon 2CV driving along the mountain roads above Hay-on-Wye. 

Over the years many towns and famous locations have hosted the show as well as Canada in 2001 and Australia in 2005. A spin-off series 20th Century Roadshow focusing on modern collectables aired from 2001-2005.

Antiques Roadshow has been hosted by Bruce Parker (1979), Angela Rippon (1979),  Arthur Negus (1979–1983), Hugh Scully (1981–2000) and Michael Aspel (2000–2007). Fiona Bruce took over at the beginning of the 2008 series. It is now in it’s thirty fourth series.

Some of the regular experts featuring on the show include David Battie, Paul Atterbury, Bunny Campione and Henry Sandon, all of which have appeared on the Antiques Roadshow for over twenty years.

Click on the link below for details on attending on the Antiques Roadshow.


Reproduction versus Original

How to tell reproduction Depression glass from the original

For many collectors and dealers, one of the main challenges is identifying which glass is original and which is reproduction. Below are some key tips to help you distinguish the real from the fake

To begin with, Depression glass is generally a lighter weight mold-pressed glass ware, made between 1920 and 1950. The original Depression glass can be identified by a number of factors:

  • Depression glass is a transparent coloured glass.
  • Usually has a raised or embossed pattern.
  • Typically have minute imperfections in the glass.

Depression glass is typically green, pink or blue. Although at times these colours vary in intensity, they should usually be a light colour variation. If the piece has deep colour tones or appears to be darker than usual, it may be a sign that it’s not original. Typically reproduction Depression glass is made in China, Taiwan, India or Mexico.

Although imperfections on original Depression glass is normal, excess or blatant discrepancies are a sure sign of reproductions. An occasional crease in the glass (straw mark), a bubble or a slight roughness on the seam or mold line is normal in authentic Depression glass. You could be looking at a reproduction piece if the glass has many creases, bubbles or extreme roughness.

Happy hunting!

Spot the difference. Can you tell which salt and pepper set is original and which is reproduction? Answer revealed on our Twitter on Friday.



Clarice Cliff

   Today, Clarice Cliff is regarded as one of the most influential Art Deco ceramics designers of the 20th century. Bold, bright hand-painted designs are the hallmarks of her ceramics. She produced more than 700 designs in her lifetime, with the majority spanning the 20s and 30s.

Clarice Cliff was born in Stoke-on-Trent on the 20th January 1899. In 1912 at the age of 13, she was hired as an apprentice in The Potteries. Here she learned guilding and later moved on to free hand painting pottery items. In 1916 she began working in A.J. Wilkinson‘s pottery factory as an apprentice factory modeler,  designing and creating Victorian style pieces.

Colley Shorter, the factory owner was so impressed by the work she was producing that he gave her, her own studio in 1927. This was the beginning of the Bizarre Range. She was given white glazed pottery, often with slight defects to work on. She began painting over these defects with brightly coloured triangles. This range became an instant success.  In 1930 she was appointed Art Director to Newport Pottery and A.J. Wilkinson.

In 1940 she married Colley Shorter and moved into his home Chetwynd House. He however, died suddenly in 1963 and Clarice sold the factory to Midwinters in 1964 and retired. Clarice died in 1972 at Chetwynd House. 1999 saw an explosion in sales of Clarice Cliff pottery as it was her centenary year and her designs still remain hugely popular today.

Clarice Cliff Tolphin jug and bowl set is dated 1929-30

Clarice Cliff ‘Bizarre’ ‘Nasturtium’ Coffee Service, c.1933.

Clarice Cliff Bonjour shaped flat sided single handled pottery jugs.

Clarice Cliff "Tea for Two" set 1930.

Hidden Treasures

What treasures are hidden away in your cupboards, packed away in your attic or tucked away in some dusty corner. Now is a great time to shed some light on these. You never know, you could be holding onto something very valuable that others are willing to pay a small fortune for!

An eBay seller from the USA was overwhelmed when a Carnival Glass Plate, inherited from her husband’s Grandfather, sold for an impressive $16,237.55.

When listing the item, she did not know the rarity of the glass plate. What made the Northwood Strawberry Pattern plate highly valuable was the rarity of it’s ice blue colour. Only three other plates of this colour are known to exist, two of which are damaged.


Another great find which set auction records was an antique Chinese vase found in the attic of a deceased woman by her sister and nephew. The vase had been in the family’s possession since the 1930’s and it is thought by experts that it was purchased by a British collector in China sometime between 1856 and 1860.

The vase measuring 16 inches is blue and imperial yellow in colour and is decorated with leaping Goldfish. It was crafted during the Qing dynasty, an era when porcelain art had reached it’s peak in China. Estimated to reach between $15 million and $20 million at auction, the vase sold for a record breaking $83 million.


Caring for your silver.

Silver is a metal which can tarnish quickly if it is not cared for properly. It needs to be gently cleaned but infrequently as cleaning on a regular basis removes tiny amounts of silver. Below are some useful tips on how to care for your silver.

– When cleaning silver only use a silver polish, not a metal polish intended for copper and brass. This is particularly important when cleaning old Sheffield or electro-plate. Rinse after cleaning and dry with a soft towel. Use a soft toothbrush to remove any polish from crevices.

– Never use wool or an abrasive cloth to clean silver as these will scratch the surface.

– Avoid contact with tape, cardboard and newspaper. Acid in these can be harmful to silver. When storing silver, wrap in acid-free paper.

– Avoid contact with rubber. Don’t fasten silver cutlery with rubber bands as rubber contains ingredients that tarnish silver. This includes latex gloves.

– Avoid salt. Remove salt from silver salt sellers after use. Salt is a corrosive element. Storing salt in the sellers will damage them along with any other silver items in the press because salt will permeate the air.

Came across this great video featuring silver specialist Matthew Barton, where he gives some tips on how to clean your silver. Enjoy!


Gift ideas for all occasions.

We stock a wide variety of items ranging from hat pins to wardrobes, all at very affordable prices. Whether it is a gift for a birthday, wedding, christening or just a simple thank you, at Darcy Antiques & Collectables you will find the perfect item.

If you are unsure as to what to buy we offer an advice service, where we pick out two or three suitable items to help narrow down your search. All our stock is of excellent quality and 100%  original, no reproductions here!

Darcy Antiques & Collectables

Located 5km off the main Enniscorthy to Wexford road, Darcy Antiques & Collectables offers a wide range of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, vintage china, paintings, prints, glass and collectables. We also offer a replacement service for any china pieces you may be missing.

We are open 7 days a week, all are welcome to come and browse. Find us in The Golden Pages.