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How Do I Collect Russian Porcelain?

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To collect Russian porcelain, you should first establish guidelines for the pieces that you want to obtain. These guidelines might determine whether the collection will include porcelain strictly related to a specific era, brand, color or pattern. They should might dictate whether the collection will incorporate any other ceramic items that are unrelated but equally visually attractive. After you have established guidelines for your collection, you can begin shopping for items. This can be done through various sources, such antique shops, rummage sales or online.

Russian porcelain is a unique collectible. The word "porcelain" is normally associated with dinnerware, including plates, bowls, teacups and saucers. It might also refer to vases, figurines and other objects as well. Creating a collection of Russian porcelain can take years to complete. Even though it is a time-consuming task, it can be both interesting and lucrative.

A Russian porcelain collection begins with a single piece. You should first explore the availability of Russian porcelain in your area. It also can be purchased online from import companies or porcelain manufacturers. With the added costs of shipping, however, these pieces usually cost significantly more than those that are found locally. For this reason, it is best to begin shopping within your home market.

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Collectible pieces can be found hidden away at rummage sales, flea markets or antique stores. They might even be available at online auction sites. Before purchasing any particular piece, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the markings that are authentic to the pieces that you want to obtain. Determining authenticity is not an easy task. Age and wear might cause many Russian porcelain pieces to appear to be genuine when in fact they are not.

Additionally, you need to be aware that modern copies of seemingly authentic Russian porcelain pieces might be on the market. These items can be difficult to distinguish. Although they still are visually appealing, they traditionally have little financially value. If you are unsure about the authenticity of a piece, it is a good idea to seek a second opinion from a trustworthy auction house or other experienced source.

With many treasures to be found both online and offline, the hunt for a collectible piece of Russian porcelain can be as thrilling as having the pieces in a collection itself. You can obtain your ideal collection with a little time, patience and persistence. This process will make your collection much more than an accumulation of ceramics — it will be a collection of memories as well.

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