Every now and again an eBay seller gets a really unexpected result. I spoke to seller Patsy of patalan during the auction for her Rainbow Fan 3700 trinket box. She said she was surprised by how much interest there had been in the box (especially as it had a very small chip under the lid which was fully and clearly shown and described in the listing). As I have often said in these articles I am only a poor boy and my interest in such an item was mainly academic (imagine me readers with my rosy cheeks and runny nose pressed tightly against the Carlton Ware sweet shop window). I thought it might go to £600 – £650. Not a bit of it. 2 people wanted it a lot more than that. It finally went for £983.00; a fine result indeed. I suggested to Patsy later that champagne might be in order. She might well have taken my advice!
In general April was a really good month for big ticket CW items on eBay. Amongst the pieces I had on watch there were 36 which finished above £200 – tribute to the superb quality of work CW achieved over its long operating life. What was my favourite piece this month I hear you say? Well, I loved the 8″ Rosetta 3505 jug sold by oscarpops. This jug was not quite perfect, having had a small restoration to the rim, but what a dramatic display item. Are there any jug collectors out there who would like to send a photo of CW jugs to us (anonymity will be respected of course by our webmaster if desired)?
Naturally, I would also give a mention to the magnificent Mandarins Chatting 3654 12″ lidded temple jar and the 10½” ginger jar both sold by an American seller called summkit for £734.46 and £974.87 respectively. OK summkit, spill the beans or I will get the thumbscrews out, whose collection have you raided for the huge number of top quality CW you have auctioned recently (and is there any more to come)?
Also sold during April by the prolific summkit was a 12½” lamp base in CHINALAND 2948. This piece was fought over by 11 different bidders and went for £323.76. Any chinoiserie lover would have been thrilled with this one.
Summkit’s biggest lump of the month was a 16″ lidded temple jar in Mallards 4499. Another 11 bidders wanted this chunk of CW all the way up to £493.49. Another dramatic one; I hope the winner has a house with high ceilings!
Just beating the £200 by 25p, celticartlover sold a lovely 9″ tri-footed conical bowl in the mottled ruby Hedgerow 3862. There were only 4 bids for this. I would have thought it might have gone a little higher. If you read this article celticartlover, did you hope or perhaps expect a little more?
Another piece in a very similar shape (this time with the round foot) but smaller in size, being 7″ in diameter, was sold in Lacecap Hydrangea 3969 by A1robox123. I like the delicacy of this and the skill with which it was produced. It sold for less than any of the above (£164.99), but demands much admiration nevertheless.
As you might surmise from the above items I like flowers (my father was a lifelong gardener and imparted this to me, along with a love of raspberries right off the cane). Another flower bearing item was the Summer Flowers 3926 10½” vase sold by jayne1512buyingfor £205.00. There is a little wear to the gilding on the top rim, but none of the usual crazing seen on this pattern (as far as I could see), so the price must have delighted the buyer.
Babylon is a favourite of mine, albeit in the yellow and green colourway 4125, it is usually crazed (see above). A lovely triangular tray shape 1601 came up for auction this month from seller balmoral1957 and attracted 23 bids, ending at £332.60 when time ran out.
This month’s rarity was a 5″ vase shape 464 in STAG 3359 sold by rgames52w.st. I am informed that there are few of these known worldwide, unsurprisingly therefore despite a rim full of small chips and scrapes it sold for £176.71. Or do you know better, have you got one on the top shelf at home readers?
Blush fans will no doubt be envious of the buyer of the PEONY 1091 10″ handled pedestal vase sold by UK seller carltonwarecollectionfor a very reasonable £45.00. Considering this vase was made in 1900 it has remained in remarkable condition. Perhaps it had “an easy paper round” as they say in the North of England.
The last ”biggie” in April was a 9″ x 6″ rectangular fin handled plate on pale green ground in Rabbits at Dusk 4257 sold by US seller samjoelin for a mere £506.63, despite having wear to the gilding on the rim and crazing.
This month I can’t end my article without mentioning (yet another) of my pet hates, the practice of ending an auction early. I was very interested in the green ground Iceland Poppy 3507 footed trinket box and wanted to make a bid, but the item was withdrawn without explanation. Surely I can’t be the only one this annoys.
I hope you have had a successful month on eBay this month readers and wish you all the best of luck (unless I am bidding on the same item of course) in May. Don’t forget, I welcome your comments whether on any of the items I have mentioned or on matters which have aroused your interest.