“O my Love’s like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in June.” ~ Robert Burns (1759 – 1796)
“There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter.” ~ Billy Connolly (born 1942)
So here we have two quotes about June, both by Scotsmen. Both true in their own way and yet utterly different in conception, purpose and outcome from one another. Whilst very funny, Billy’s quip isn’t exactly romantic. On the other hand Robbie Burns’ is probably the ultimate romantic line. As CW collectors I suppose we must all have a little romantic stardust sprinkled in our innermost selves somewhere. I know I do and if you don’t believe me ask Mrs Masterspy (ed. What? Are you serious?). I suppose my purpose in offering these wildly different quotes about June is to reflect the fact that June has been a month of contrasts, certainly in our weather here in the UK. One minute we are having storms, then it is cold and the next minute it’s cracking the flags. Weird City.
While we are talking weird, why don’t I start with the Mad Items of the Month (and pay well deserved homage to the eternamadness that is eBay U.S.A.)?
Maybe repulsive is a better word to describe my first item. It is a 12” tall wooden doll which has been made into an “artwork” (?) by the US based eBay seller justinaerni. Mr Aerni offers his magnum opus to the gullible out there across the ether for a mere £63.75 ($99.99). He has thoughtfully included himself in one of the pictures of his doll, which he calls Marcie Misery. At least we can see what he looks like so we can avoid him on the street if necessary. JULY12Pic1
Another one for the deeply gullible and terminally stupid is another item from the U.S of A. This is a ring in the form of a buckled belt made of sterling silver with gold plating incorporating some extremely small gemstones. In other words it has an intrinsic value of maybe £30 to £50 on an exceptionally good day. Well p.s_youwontforgetme feels it is worth a whopping, not to say outlandish, £273.56 ($398.00). Why I hear you ask, incredulously? Well, it allegedly belongs to an old witch named “Clara” who will cast a spell on the ring (for four whole hours) and make any man your love slave forever. Try a spot of makeup, some nice clothes and a winning smile, girls. You are more likely to make Tom Cruise your man that way (topical, eh?) than with a “magic” ring. What total rubbish.
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Over Optimistic EBayers of the Month.
Prime candidates for the honour (?) of scooping the inaugural “Golden Plonker” award for Over Optimistic EBayer of the Month are…..
Kent based cky_him_rule and Canadian seller davidjwalther. Amongst cky_him_rule’s finest work is his persistent listing of a Golly playing a piano sugar bowl for the ridiculous amount of £700.00. If you find anybody stupid enough to buy at this price I would be glad if you would direct the purchaser to eBay masterspy. He can certainly buy my collection for £5 billion any time.
davidjwalther misguidedly believes that somebody will pay him £2438.79 for a collection of ceramic tomato-shaped pots manufactured by many different makers, including CW. As if this isn’t unlikely enough, his first try was an even more unrealistic £2840.90. Regrettably, sometimes you just want to laugh. Luckily, I was brought up “proper like” and I am far too polite to do that, but feel free readers.
“……….. and the winner this month is………. cky_him_rule” – fade out the sound of sycophantic deafening studio canned applause.
Are You Ready for the Serious Stuff?
I suppose it was pretty unlikely that the pace of the last 2 months was going to be kept up indefinitely and so it has proved. There have still been some really spectacular items this month, but slightly less than in April and May.
Nevertheless, here we go. Where to start? Well, last month I praised seller cpm1947 for keeping the faith and persisting in the face of some rotten luck. I am pleased to report that cpm1947’s luck has changed! The mauve ground cream jug in Fantasia 3389 which I mentioned in my previous blog got 5 bids and didn’t curdle until it reached an extremely pleasant £161.99. That’s much more like it. Stylish little jug this one and one which I think you could have without owning other pieces in the same pattern. Are you happy with it, buyer? I bet this one cheered you up, didn’t it, seller?
The same seller also sold a lovely little pin dish in Crested Bird & Waterlily 3529 (a.k.a. Crested Bird & Water Lily) on blue for a not so little £124.22. For me these small pieces are so flexible for a collector, which adds to their desirability. They could be displayed in a large or small display case, either amongst other small pieces, or filling in gaps on a shelf too small for a larger piece, or they can simply be placed where originally intended, on a sewing work table in this case, or a dressing table.
I know there are multitudes of adherents to the primeval religion that is WILD DUCK 3924 and all the many different variants which CW created. Keeping with the small piece theme for a minute weeshred quacked his hunting lure and up flew a 4½” trefoil conical dish. 3 bidders blasted away with their double-barrelled salvoes and 1 bidder winged the little blighter at a height of £80.00.
Another little 4½” trefoil conical dish was put up by samsam111s in PRIMULA 3745. This one went for £27.51 which points to another advantage of the little ‘uns, as they are very affordable to collect (and ship, even to or from overseas) and yet, displayed with others will make an extremely attractive display.
A buyer of such Handcraft patterns might have considered a squat jug in shape 1309 in the same pattern PRIMULA 3745, which also came up under the auspices of seller lynfarmcat. This one made a very similar £22.75. So 2 matching pieces of CW, both in good nick for £50 plus postage. Can’t be bad.
Whilst mentioning squat jugs I must include one in an unusual pattern. sense_antiques listed a squat jug in INCISED PEWTER WARE 3902. Again this little piece went for a reasonable £22.00, so very affordable for all. So unlike most other CW patterns is this. It almost has a look of much later studio pottery to me.
Sliding up the cost scale, but keeping with the trefoil conical dishes, Canadian seller harwil listed a beautiful 9”er in Hedgerow 3874. Despite a tiny missing piece of enamel and some rubbing of the dark pink part of the rim it went for £159.40 and I am not surprised (ed. masterspy was lusting again, readers).
Recently we have had CW sellers from a quite a number of countries and this may have woken up seller mago777 in Argentina who has been hiding a 5½” ginger jar (unfortunately minus its lid and regrettably slightly disfigured by a hairline) in DEVIL 3765. When this devil came up from hell, twirled his moustache and smirked his little smile 10 bidders made a pact to sell their souls to him. The price of the eventual buyer’s eternal damnation, readers? It went for £358.32. I wonder if the buyer thinks it worth it, down there in hell, stoking up the fire ready for the next DEVIL buyer. Mmmmm, pass the brimstone!
Iceland Poppy 3507. I simply love it (ed. here he goes again lusting, readers). A lovely pattern and lovely colours. Delicate yet fiercely striking (ed. ok, masterspy cool it). A truly stunning ball-footed trinket box was sold by glad-findings and blossomed to £280.00.
Another piece I mentioned last month was a 7” lidded ginger jar in Eden (Tiger Tree) 4241 on rouge which had been unsuccessfully BIN/ONO’ed by royaldoultonworldwide for £1150.00. It received 1 offer of £800.00 which was not accepted and was then relisted as a normal auction. The seller should have accepted the offer because the final selling price was only (?) £820.00. A week of stress and extra listing fees for £20.00. Sometimes a bird in the hand is indeed worth 2 in the bush, even when the offer isn’t close to the asking price. Think on, sellers.
You wait for one bus to come along and two arrive at the same time, as they say. So, of course, another piece of Eden (Tiger Tree) 3989, this time a 6” vase on blue, caused a stirring of the Whomping Willow’s boughs and topped out at £390.00 for seller tofvoszi.
Seller glad-findings made a quick trip from Middlesborough to the Middle East (Qué? Nahhh!) and found an exotic belly dancer of a 15 piece coffee set in Babylon 4168. Despite the presence of a chip on both the sugar bowl and cream jug 7 buyers lined up to ogle this gorgeous damsel throwin’ her sinuous Middle Eastern shapes and the winner paid £427.00 to be thrilled, no doubt for years to come, by this “Private Dancer”. Pass the hubble bubble pipe, seller. Is it as exotic as I make out, buyer?
A nice 6¾” black-handled jug vase in Liberty Stripe 3662 was auctioned by stentonglider. A little all over crazing and a tiny bit of scratching to the handle, but it was hard fought over by a number of bidders before going for a value for money £95.00. Simple, stylish and bold and in such nicely complimentary colours, I would be happy if this one was in my collection (sadly it isn’t). Hey ho.
Obviously last month’s feline onslaught by catstealer did not exhaust his copious stock of meaty CW cat food, ‘cos he was back again this month. This time a 6” vase in Lacecap Hydrangea 3966 on green caught my eye. It caught the eye of 10 bidders who clawed each other’s eyes out until the vase was gobbled up for £343.00. This time the purring was definitely in evidence and the angrily flicking tail was a thing of the past.
DRAGON is a fairly common pattern on ruby and powder blue grounds, but not on this green ground. I don’t have a pattern number for this one (so sue me, ok? – lol). Not only that, but unusually, this 7” ginger jar is complete with the uncommon flat style of lid too. Once more the kittens purred and the Top Cat bidder had to pay out £350.00. Miaowwww! Can you just hear that Cat purrrrrring. Yeah, just there behind the ear. Oooohhh!
One of the rarest CW patterns is Jagged Bouquet 3457, so a BIN wouldn’t and couldn’t last long on eBay. Indeed it was snapped up very quickly, even though it was a small piece, a pen holder in fact and carrying the burden of a chunky price tag of £395.00. I am sure the seller, royaldoultonworldwide will have something to write home about now after all – see the Eden ginger jar item above.
An even more highly prized pattern is Jigsaw 3431. Seller potteryvillage-dot referred in his listing for an 8½” vase to a very similarly shaped and sized vase which I commented on in one of my early blogs (Nov 2010). He stated that a cracked, crazed and stained vase achieved £600. To correct him slightly it made £695.60 to be exact. It was unsurprising therefore to see this one go into four figures and sell for £1020.50. Now, as it happens, this lucky seller has a second one (yeah, I know, readers, he is indeed a jammy sod), which he is BINning for £975.00. If it was me I would be keeping the second one. Mind you I collect and don’t sell, so say no more.
Another pot which didn’t last long on eBay as a BIN was a 12” x 8” two handled footed fruit bowl in, wait for it, wait for it, wait for it….. TUT 2711….. sighhhhhhhh….. (ed. Oh no, he’s going to start lusting again, just when he was beginning to calm down again – CALM DOWN, MASTERSPY!). Ok, ok, ok (puff, pant) I think I have a grip on myself again now, thank you Harvey. tofvoszi offered us some juicy Dates on this beauty and it was whipped off eBay by a buyer pretty smartish who paid £450.00. Bargain!!!Perhaps after that I should go and lie down in a darkened room for a month. Nah, not just yet. Just a few more before I go.
Now I reckon that all sellers are prone to exaggerate “hugely” in my experience and some of the things they say in listings have to be given the old quizzical raised eyebrow (think of Roger Moore as James Bond here and you will get the “look” that I am trying to convey). Masterspy blog favourite catstealer is no more immune from this strange phenomenon than any other seller. Fancy listing a 9¼” vase as “huge”, I don’t know, I really don’t. Now come on Cat, no need to go OTT, a 9”er is a mid-size vase. What are you like? Despite having 3 star cracks about its body this vase in HOLLYHOCKS 3819 made it all the way to what I call a “huge” £526.66. One thing is for sure; my money says the Cat still has a “huge” Cheshire Cat grin on his face (even after my “huge” tongue-in-cheek leg pulling).
As you all well know by now, I do like a damn big statement piece and a CW 13” gondola comport in any good deco pattern is almost certain to float my boat. Two came up together which I thought were both excellent. glad-findings listed one in PARADISE BIRD & TREE 3155 in tip top condition. The gondolier definitely warbled in tune ‘cos it fetched £461.50. Tuneful indeed (especially to glad-findings).
Almost immediately after the above gondolier finished singing his song another one cleared his throat, but that is as far as he got, ‘cos seller skirrow2 withdrew his listing of a pedestal gondola in CHINESE BIRD & CLOUD 3275 as it was “no longer available”. Hmmm. The seller had been asking £395.00.
Wouldn’t you know it? The same thing happened again soon after. This time seller paulpanex offered and then snatched away from us a two handled footed comport in FAN 3557, before it could really cool us all down. I wonder what happened to it?
Everybody likes a fluffy bunny and CW’s Rabbits at Dusk 4247(U) pattern vases are no exception. A 10½”er from dantiques01 was cuddled by 12 eBayers and smiled at by an amazing 609 (I can’t remember a higher number of viewers)! Wow, but did the buyer spend too much at £415.50? Only the buyer knows, as there are a few slight flaws in the glaze on this piece. Are you happy with it buyer, do let us know.
11” tall shape 443 vases in Egyptian Fan don’t grow on trees, except for Scottish seller nunraw. He tried to BIN one at £1500.00 last month, but it wouldn’t shift, so an ordinary auction followed this month and it made £720.00, which, whilst obviously nowhere near what the seller was looking for, was at least far higher than the last time it appeared on eBay (£330.00). I predict we will see it again soon, for sure.
Ok, enough is enough. One final piece to mention. My parting shot for the month is aimed at a 6” matt pale blue Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 shape 406 vase listed by rowcrofthospice, whose needy coffers have been swelled by a slightly surprising, but truly mighty £412.00. Very generous of an eBayer somewhere. But it is a lovely piece to end on for the month.
Perhaps I can go and have the lie down I need after all that CW lusting now. I think I need it. Oh well.
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In the words of Victor Meldrew “I simply can’t believe it!” Unbelievable as it may sound, some presumably sad, lonely and desperate person has actually paid the asking price for the cheap witch’s ring. Words just fail me (and as you may have already decided about me, that happens only once every Preston Guild). My gob is smacked. End of.