October 2017  Newsletter

The Tanners Show is NEXT WEEKEND!
October 7th and 8th
 It's hard to believe that it's almost October already, where did summer go???  The Fall Tanners Show is coming up the 7th and 8th.   We have a nice show again this time with many new vendors along with most of your favorites. You can always check the Attending Vendors list on the website to see who is coming. 
If you are coming from out of town the Reno Ramada has rooms available for $50 a night plus taxes (totals about $58). Click here for info.

We are constantly striving to improve the shows so if you have any ideas please let one of us know.
Please remember to shop at our small local stores for unique gifts. The antique stores I list here and places like the Buy Nevada First store in the Reno Town Mall are excellent places to shop and it helps your LOCAL neighbors.

Below is the schedule of upcoming  shows
November 18th and 19th
Magic of Santa Craft Faire Dec 2nd and 3rd
January 27th and 28th 
April 21st and 22nd
August 4th and 5th
Oct. 6th and 7th
Nov. 17th and 18th
Magic of Santa Craft Faire Dec. 1,2
I'm sorry if any of the dates conflict with other shows,
I do my best to work around them
I'm also constrained by available dates at the Events Center

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Hand-painted China, Ladies Painting Bee's 
    You see examples at mall shows and gathering dust in antiques shops. Sometimes they're very good; other times so ugly you can't imagine why anyone would buy them.
    Yet, the varied examples of old hand-painted china were a symbol of American women's most popular hobby. Chances are your grandmother and great aunt painted designs on china blanks and signed them with pride.
    These days they are among the most underpriced antiques around. For beginning collectors they can be confusing because there are as many different signatures as examples.
    China painting began as a woman's accomplishment, in the class of needlework, among the fashionable women of mid-Victorian England and Europe. However, it wasn't until after the Civil War that American upper and middle class women turned it into a fad that lasted to the 1920's.
Interest grew in the 1870s when the first academic class was organized by Benn Pitman, director of the Cincinnati School of Design. It was also taught in classes as mineral painting in New York City.  In the 1870's the prestigious gallery of Howell and James in England had exhibitions of painted china that drew upwards of 10,00 visitors to view and buy upwards of 1000 original works.   By 1887,  articles began appearing on china painting in the Ladies Home Journal and other magazines. In that same year, a magazine, The China Decorator, printed directions, designs and gave sources.
Many factors fueled the widespread interest in china decorating. In an increasingly industrial society, prosperous post-Civil War Americans enjoyed unprecedented leisure time for artistic and cultural pursuits. Major exhibitions, such as the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, introduced Americans to the 
exotic cultures  of the  Near and Far East  as well as to the English Reform and Aesthetic movements, which advocated that art be reflected in all aspects of life.
    While china factories in America as well as Europe and the Orient made the blanks, the most popular were Nippon from Japan and such American firms as Taylor and Knowles, Willets Mfg. Co. and Ott & Brewer.  In Europe Belleek, Haviland, Rosenthal and Limoge made quality blanks.  By 1900 porcelain blanks were sent by the thousands from the Limoges factory in France to America where hobbyists, mostly women, decorated tea sets, bowls and other decorative objects.   Less expensive pottery blanks were   also  offered by American companies in vases and other decorative forms.  In addition, Cincinnati A rt Pottery made deep blue and white pottery in the form of ancient Greek and Roman vases and urns. The mark Kezonta is impressed in these pieces.
These days a variety of pieces are coming to auctions marked "Limoges, France" and sometimes with the name of the artist, and the date. These can be confused with the factory painted pieces done at the Limoges factory in France that command higher prices when artist signed. If you see a fine example of Limoges painted china that is signed it can be worth your time to research the name.
    Many techniques were used by the amateur painters. Most used overglaze, where the painting is applied to the previously glazed and fired surface. The new colors are then re-fired.
Most popular during the turn-of-the century were cups and saucers, fish and game sets, dessert plates and berry sets.
The key to successful hand-painted china collecting is selectivity.
First, use a critical eye on the quality of the painting. Collect the forms and designs that appeal to you and always buy the best examples you can find. Keep an eye out for designs reflecting Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the Arts And Crafts eras.
Ask yourself if the subjects or designs are above average. Or, are the glazes unusual?  Next look at the form itself.  A rare find would be a photo album, it looks like a flat porcelain waste basket with two compartments. It was passed around at Victorian Era parties filled with photos. 
Compotes, punch bowl sets and unusual shaped dishes will have more value than cups and saucers. The quality of the blank itself also is important.
China painting was done by people of all lifestyles. Do a little research, perhaps the painter was a person with an interesting bio aside from china painting.

Estate and garage sales as well as auctions offer good opportunities for discoveries and bargains. Not everyone appreciates painted china.
If you are interested in trying this fun hobby do some Google searches and check with your local ceramics shop, there are many groups that still get together and paint on their favorite media.

Ref: Crafting the woman professional in the long nineteenth century by Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi and Patricia Zakreski - 2016, Hand-painted Plates Mostly Hobby Work ANTIQUES DETECTIVE  November 18, 1989 | By Anne Gilbert. Wikipedia Wikipedia.com, The Metropolitam Museum: Women China Decorators
Fall Jokes

Daffynition:   Retreat - To get another piece of candy on Halloween.
Tom Swiftie:  "I'm not eating too much candy," Tom said sweetly.
Daffynition:   Pocahontas - A card game that comes back to scare you.
Teacher: Does anybody know why we celebrate Columbus Day?"
Only one student tentatively raised her hand. "It's the day the Indians discovered Columbus?"

Q. What do you call wood when it's scared?
  A. Petrified!
Q. What do mummies like listening to on Halloween?
  A. Wrap music!
Q. Why did the policeman ticket the ghost?
  A. It didn't have a haunting license.
Q. What are a ghost's favorite rides at the fair?
  A. The scary-go-round and rollerghoster!
Q. What's worse than being a five hundred pound witch on Halloween?
  A. Being her broom!
Q. Why couldn't the ghost see its mom and dad?
  A. Because they were trans-parents!
Q. Which ghost is the best dancer?
  A. The Boogie Man!
Q. What's a ghoul's favorite game?
  A. Hide-and-ghost-seek.
Q. Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators?
  A. It raises their spirits.
Q. What do you get if you cross Bambi with a ghost?
  A. Bamboo.
Q. What is a ghost's favorite dessert?
  A. Booberry pie.
Q. Why don't ghosts like rain on Halloween?
  A. It dampens their spirits!
Q. Why did the monster's mother knit him three socks for Halloween?
  A. She heard he grew another foot!
Q. Who do monsters buy their cookies from?
  A. The Ghoul Scouts.
Q. What is Dracula's favorite circus act?
  A. He always goes for the juggler!
Q. What do you do if you want to learn more about Dracula?
  A. You join his fang club.
Q. What can you say about a horrible mummy joke?
  A. It Sphinx!
Q. What is a vampire's favorite dance?
  A. The Fang-Dango.
Q. Why are vampires so easy to fool?
  A. Because they're suckers.
Q. What did the tree say to autumn?
  A. Leaf me alone.
Q. How do you fix a broken pumpkin?
  A. With a pumpkin patch.
Q. What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
  A. Squash.
Q. Why doesn't Dracula have any friends?
  A. He is a pain in the neck!
Q. Why is it hard for a ghost to tell a lie?
  A. Because you can see right through him.

Origins of Halloween (Samhain)

We can trace Halloween back to Celtic festivals which celebrated the new year on the 1st of November (not 1st of January). One thread that runs through all Halloween legends is the belief that the night of October 31st was the time when ghosts of the dead returned to earth. The ancients name for this festival  was Samhain** and its role was to mark the boundary between the old year and new.

With the spread of Christianity, the Church emphasised All Saints day on the 1st of November. This date was also known as All Hallows and gradually, the name for the night before All Hallows changed to hallow's eve, then hallow e'en and finally Halloween.

**Samhain - In medieval English 'mh' was pronounced 'w', hence: Sow-en.
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Places to Stay:

Ramada Reno Hotel and Casino, (Tanners Host Hotel)
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512, 775-786-5151
Ramada Website
Click Here To See The Ramada Special Offer
The Ramada will reserve a block of rooms for us at a greatly discounted rate of $50 per night plus taxes.
To book your rooms, Please call Robin Robinson directly at 775-954-2521
Please call in advance.

Motel 6 Reno Livestock Events Center, 866 North Wells Avenue, Reno, NV 89512, 775-786-9852
I-80 at N Wells Avenue, Exit #14,  Motel 6 Reservations

Days Inn Reno, 701 East 7th Street, Reno, NV 89512, 775-786-4070

Sands Regency Casino, 345 N. Arlington Avenue, RENO, NV 89501, 775-348-2200
Let's make this a fun forum to keep interest and excitement up for the shows!


Dan and Paula Clements 
Tanners Marketplace  
P.O. Box 618, Fernley NV  89408  
Email Dan Clements  dan@antique-antics.com 
Dan and Paula Clements
Your Hosts
Dan and Paula Clements
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2017 Show Schedule
At the Livestock Events Center
Tanners Marketplace :
January 28th and 29th
April 22nd and 23rd
August 4,5,6 Cowboy-Con at Reno Conv. Ctr
October 7th and 8th
November 18th and 19th
Magic Of Santa:
December 2nd and 3rd

Please Visit the Somewhere In Time antique mall at 1313 S. Virginia St.
(Paula and Dan are there on Mondays)

Weekly Auctions
Auctions by Sammy B
Lightning Auctions
A Fun Antiques and Clothing Store


Buy Nevada First
Gift store in Reno Town Mall

 The above vendors are listed as a local resource.  They have not paid to be featured.
Some Painted China Examples