Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-thought, thro’ me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
These cheery words were written in mid June 1806…..and we complain about our summers these days, eh readers!
Don’t worry, masterspy isn’t that depressed yet and neither I fancy was Coleridge. At least he didn’t reach for something sharp, or the ever popular Hemlock – he lived a further 28 years! It is getting cold in England now though. The happy prospect of the achey-breaky knees and hips to look forward to – oh joy!
Over Optimistic EBayer of the Month
There is so much choice these days, as sellers do not seem to have noticed that the market for ceramics is competitive. Hello, out there! Consequently, I am positively spoiled for choice, so I will list two pieces and you can choose yourself. Firstly, is a Walking Ware clock. All very nice if you collect Walking Ware and good on you if you do, but do you fancy paying £350.00 for it? No? Nobody else did either. Luckily readers, you do have another chance as it has been relisted (of course it has).
Naturally for Deco fans there are often plenty of highly priced items, but Azalea 4140 is not a particularly high flyer. In the last 3 years not a single piece of this pattern (that I have seen) has made over £100.00 on eBay. However, US seller samjoelin has listed an 8” water jug for the not-so-watery price of £763.13. Now, as it happens I like Azalea and have a piece of my own – a nice diamond shaped dish – but would I have paid well north of £700 for it, or anywhere near? Say no more.
This lovely picture of….errrr, I am not sure what it is, was listed by seller canvasartmedia for £19.99. Fancy having that staring down at you late at night when you hear a floorboard creak in the silence? No? Frankly, I don’t either.
Bargain of the Month
One of the above mentioned high flyers was sold by wallybelp an Aussie seller from Melbourne, a single candleholder in Parkland 3524, which went for £83.69 to a very lucky buyer indeed. Only damaged pieces of Parkland are in masterspy’s sights these days, not that there are many to be seen.
This Month’s Action
Straight away I am going to cheat and to admit to a serious failing on my part! (masterspy…. I am shocked – ed…. I know, I know, but it does happen occasionally ed, lol). I missed a superb pair of 10” lidded ginger jars in CHINALAND 3014.
These had the petrol blue ground and sold late in October by US seller antiques143 for the not inconsiderable sum of £1358.36. Luckily, the buyers are known to me and passed on the details afterwards, for which much thanks from me. It would have been impossible to leave them out had I known about them at the time.
As an example of the way some prices have inched down this month I offer a lovely 6” bowl in the pale matt blue Fantasia 3388 pattern listed by saints542 which I would think might have made up to £200 a year ago, but only made £104.50 after only 4 bids this month.
An old favourite of mine is TUT 2706, which is the pale blue version of the pattern and much less common than some of the other colourways.
The shape of this 6” slender necked vase is lovely and two main elements of the pattern are shown, which is good on a slender vase. The buyer paid UK seller lucydownes £121.99, which also seems a bit on the value side of things to me.
Next up, is something a bit more “cheap as chips”. It shouldn’t be so cheap really, as this coffee pot is in the wonderfully Deco PARISIENNE shape in decoration 3965, plain Rouge Royale, rather than one of the more elaborate decorations found on this wonderful shape. Seller pottmadd of Stoke got £29.00 for it. Mind you readers, in some ways I understand the price, because the buyer is a right royal cheapskate and wouldn’t pay much more for anything (would you my friend lol?).
I know there are many of you out there who love the gloss pale green colourway. A 10” vase on TEMPLE 3130 might well also float your boat, but the large chunk lost from one corner of the top rim, restuck on rather than restored, might put some off from paying somewhere just south of £210.
The HANDCRAFT Flowering Papyrus 3242 is a sock you in the eye sort of pattern and one which some seem to love and some seem to hate. I am on the side of the lovers of this pattern myself, but can see why some don’t. Seller decoskin_decorative_arts_ltd (are you sure it was wise having such a long name?) auctioned a stunning 9½” 406 shape example, which suits the pattern so well and was rewarded with 8 bids to £150.00. Still cheap for the largest and rarest size of 406 methinks. What do you think buyer? Do let us know.
UK dealer ron.ok decided to part with a fantastic Nightingale 3562 5½”er. Don’t know why. Would you part with it if you had it, buyers? No? Bet you wouldn’t and neither would I. It is a lovely pattern. Fantastic contrast in colours and so “deep” you could almost fall into the vase. Sighhhhhh.
From Flowering Papyrus to Hiawatha 3589 in one mighty bound! Is it possible? Yes indeed people, decoskin_decorative_arts_ltd achieved it with another dramatic (but marmite-like) offering. This time it was a 6” globular vase. It was offered as a BIN/ONO and was snapped up for somewhere less than £350.00. A very, very, very, kind gentleman gave me a jug vase in this pattern and colour once (and bless his little cotton socks for his kindness).
I don’t do a great deal of embossed patterns in my blogs, so it is time to slip one in now, I reckon.
Midlander sparkly210 had drunk all the tea he or she could manage and sold a tea for two in BUTTERCUP 3993 for a very reasonable £140.00. First up, best dressed as they say, eh buyer!
Seller lily4547 from deepest, darkest cider (or should I say zzzoiderrr) country in Gloucestershire chewed long and fiercely on a whole bale of straw to aid his much diminished cogitations. What did he slowly cogitate upon readers? Well, he had to decide whether to accept an offer for his DAISY 3691 10” REVO tray. Fortunately for his stomach (and parts further south) he eventually made up his mind (or what passes for his mind) and took the offer. It can now be seen on another website located even further into zzzoiderrr country, so if you weren’t quick enough this time you can still grab a good buy.
Kentish Lady lucydownes auctioned a VICTORIAN LADY 3491 7” bowl and after 6 eBay swains had left their calling cards and doffed their top hats to her in courtly fashion she was enamoured by the £138.00 that was offered for her hand. Naturally, she took it and left 5 of her swains swooning with unrequited love. Which is fair enough, seeing as this is one of Carlton Ware’s most romantic patterns.
As you all know I greatly like Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3355 in green matt, but it has to be said though that the bird itself is one odd looking avian. Its head has a raptorish look to it, but no raptor would ever have a tail like that. It would get right in the way. Oh well, who is masterspy to question CWs brilliant designers? Good old favourite glad-findings pocketed £116.99, but that figure again seems a little low to me. The black interior looked pretty shiny to me in the pictures, so perhaps people thought it had been restored and held their bids down.
One lucky buyer has a lovely yellow (or “puke yellow” as a friend of mine says) coffee set for four persons in TEMPLE 2928.
Apart from a crack on the cream jug it looks to be in very nice condition and sold for £173.00. I would certainly love to have won this beauty, but sadly, I didn’t.
Turquoise is a little more restful on the eye, especially when it is the colourway of a 9½” Devil’s Copse 3817 bowl such as the one auctioned by massie0, but this bowl has a little staining and some marks inside, so it didn’t fly to the heights usually seen for this pattern and colour. Old “Mephy0” had to make do with the wages of sin only amounting to £162.89. A paltry sum for a soul in torment somewhere out there who fed his sinful Carlton Ware addiction with this addition to his or her collection. Have you stopped shaking and twitching now buyer? Are you ok till your next fix?
Right next to the Devil’s Copse lies a certain garden. In the garden grows a gnarled old apple tree. On that tree is a host of APPLE BLOSSOM 3522.
Adam and Eve didn’t manage to get a nibble on this fruit though because an eBayer got there first. The serpent on this occasion was none other than UK eBay seller decomouse2012 who auctioned a trinket / ciggy box which unfortunately had some damage – a large juicy bite taken out of one side. Consequently it only made 15 pieces of silver (yes, I know I am mixing my old and new testaments, readers).
Last month I mentioned that I don’t often mention Carlton China, well the masterspy is on a roll now! Here we go again. This month I can report on the sale of a beautiful trio in SYLVAN 4903. What a cracker! Even the cup handle is a fantastic piece of design. This set was sold by kyoto007 (not of Japan, between Tokyo and Osaka, but of Shipley between Bradford and Keighley, in Yorkshire lol). One thing it did prove, other than that some sellers pick the oddest names, is that Carlton China is an absolute bargain – £22.99 for design and quality like that – say no more. Oh, it also proves that masterspy is a total muppet. Why didn’t I bid on it? I don’t know, so answers on a postcard please to…..
Scottish seller jub486 declared independence (well he or she could afford to anyway) when the auction closed for an 8” tall 406 shape vase in Floral Comets 3405. In almost mint condition it made £510.00 and certainly another cracker. Who knows, perhaps we will see it again one day on eBay.
The ever popular ANEMONE 3694 made another appearance under the auspices of glad-findings. This time it was a stunning 6” globular vase and once again (despite some crazing and rubbing) it grew to £235.00 after a hard fought 5-way battle. No fertiliser was needed here, was it readers?
I hope Aussie seller wallybelp has some CW left, readers, because the rest of my blog is devoted to a mammoth sale of some top CW all by this one eBayer. Aaaaaand without further ado………..
Who wants a 7” RIVER FISH 3971 jug with the wavy handle? Somebody did and paid £445.36 for one and swam off with a good piece of this sought after pattern for a very good price. Excellent, if not almost mint condition, too.
Another good buy was made by an eBayer who bagged a 9” diamond tray in my fave colourway the blue shading to pink or vice versa in Lacecap Hydrangea 3969 for only £111.34. A lovely piece and no mistake. That will teach me to dither readers.
And then up crept a cream jug in yellow BELL 3774. It poured all over eBay and was lapped up by a happy buyer for £306.19. There is some crazing and some fading to the matt black interior, but I reckon the Persian kitty got the cream this time. Purrrrrrr.
There are 12 different variants of the highly popular Heron & Magical Tree including my favourite, the blue / green version, number 4160. Needless to say, the 10¾” 226 shape vase listed by wallybelp was snapped up pretty darn quick for £835.05. I have a vase in the same size and shape in a different pattern, so I can safely say that this is a stand out performer in any collection. Hope there is room for it.
Next up was a beautifully decorated 6” 406er in ruby CHINALAND 3015 which has only a little gilt wear on the rims to hold it back. Again, it went swiftly for £306.19. Of course it did, it is a lovely vase. I would imagine another happy buyer and why ever not?
A big piece of pink WAGON WHEELS 3813 can roll along the California Trail to around £2k (yeeeh haaaah), even in these straightened times, but this little vase is short of 4” tall. The lack of stature didn’t stop it attaining a price of £528.87 did it readers? Nope. I barely had time to pine and lust for it before it was gone…. Cruelly whisked away by a fellow eBayer (not that masterspy could have paid that much anyway)! Sighhhh.
Lastly, for my blog at least (wallybelp did sell several other pieces though) is a superb Scimitar 3652 REVO tray in the smallest size CW made, which was 7½” x 5½”. Good things come in small packages as they say and this piece is no exception. A truly magnificent piece on which to finish for this month readers and a pretty good buy at £339.59.
Dah-dit-dit-dah-dah-dit-dit………. News just breaking. Australian seller pixie5144 is back listing on eBay. She has been absent from eBay for a whole year for personal reasons. Welcome back!!! Get those CW pots listed!!!
Well, that’s it for this month folks. Don’t forget to write in with your opinions and comments using the form provided.