October 2011

No prizes for guessing what is the top pot this month, it is the 10″ lidded ginger jar in JAZZ 3353 which went for over £5000. What a price! Did you buy it? Is it as good as it was made out to be? Drop us a line, anonymously if you wish. Tell us about your triumph. Are there any more out there anywhere? Who knows?

JAZZ 3353 ginger jar

JAZZ 3353 ginger jar

I rarely mention items which haven’t sold, because by definition they were overpriced and you know my thoughts on that. I do want to mention 2 particular items, however. Firstly there was a Nightingale 3562 vase in a very unusual shape offered by andyh1116 for £1000. 

Nightingale 3562 vase

Nightingale 3562 vase

Secondly a Scimitar 3651 footed and handled dish with some considerable wear to gilding offered unsuccessfully by roskilly a seller from the USA for £1200 (and since reoffered for £1050). These items should sell easily, so come on lads or lasses, give us all a chance and list them at a price people will bid on.

Scimitar 3651 footed fruit

Scimitar 3651 footed fruit

Speaking of Nightingale 3562, last month you may remember I included an item on a tall pedestal gondola. I mentioned there was more to come on this, but at that time I could go no further. Well, the tragedy is that it arrived broken! The buyer, as you can imagine, was absolutely mortified. I was sent this picture by the buyer and when I opened it I let out such a cry of pain that a person in the next room came running in thinking I had hurt myself. Come on sellers, you know what the post is like. There is no point in this whole exercise if the pot ends up broken.

Damaged Nightingale footed gondola

Damaged Nightingale footed gondola

mackems1, a reliable and frequent CW seller from Darlington in England, placed a nice 10″ REVO bowl in the highly colourful HANDCRAFT pattern DAISY 3673 on eBay which received 25 bids and sold for £127.50. This is a pattern I like because of its exuberance and the freedom of expression used it its design and execution.

DAISY 3673 REVO tray

DAISY 3673 REVO tray

Another stunner from mackems1 was this superb 12″ lidded vase in CHINESE BIRD & CLOUD 3275. A magnificent piece – Carlton Ware right at the top of their game. It went for a bargain price of £349.99 after 16 bids.

CHINESE BIRD & CLOUD 3275 covered vase

CHINESE BIRD & CLOUD 3275 covered vase

6″ Geometrica 3566 vases don’t come up on ebay very often, so to see a pair for sale was possibly unique. 40 bids were made on them and the price went up and up like a conversion in rugby to £533.62.

Geometrica 3566 vases S406

Geometrica 3566 vases S406

A nice pedestal powder bowl, or footed puff as it was called in sales literature, in Orchid 3255 was auctioned by anglo-french-antiques, but for some reason (perhaps that it has a hairline) it only attracted one bid, so it sold for the starting price of £39.95. Even with a hairline that seems a bargain to me.

Orchid 3255 'footed puff' bowl

Orchid 3255 'footed puff' bowl

 Mrs Masterspy has a phrase for large, ostentatious diamond rings; she calls them “dobbers” (you can take the girl out of…. etc). So in that spirit inspiration54 a seller from Scotland sold an 18″ (yes, I did say 18″) lidded temple jar in CHINESE FIGURES 3199 for the Buy it Now price of £395.00. This “dobber” would break your toes if it dropped on them (so be careful out there guys).

CHINESE FIGURES temple jar

CHINESE FIGURES temple jar

Weeshred, a seller from Northern Ireland, climbed aboard and set sail on a very unusual shaped large BARGE 2519 11½” vase. There were only 4 bids, but a price of £200 was achieved. Still a good buy, methinks, me hearties, ooohh arrrh (sorry, I was on nautical overload there).

BARGE 2519 vase

BARGE 2519 vase

Another BIN was a late 1950’s coffee set in ORBIT. This pattern seems to be gaining in popularity. andrew07734, yet another Scottish seller, gave it the whole 9 yards in his description of its attributes and place in history and obtained a selling price of £425.00.

ORBIT coffee set

ORBIT coffee set

A few pieces of Tendrillon 3858 have come up recently (and in one case has disappeared mysteriously “no longer available” – I was not amused). One which was sold was an 8″ lidded ginger jar. It went for a healthy £200.00 after 9 bids were made.

Tendrillon 3858 ginger jar

Tendrillon 3858 ginger jar

Another piece featuring black as a major colour was a 9½” vase in Cubist Butterfly 3190. In excellent condition (which can be a problem with this pattern) it sold on another BIN for £350.00. This was eBayed by nunraw ANOTHER Scottish seller. What is going on north of the Border? Don’t you like CW anymore?

Cubist Butterfly 3190 vase S406

Cubist Butterfly 3190 vase S406

Described as a plate in the unusal Flower Mountain 3463, a piece was auctioned by charliesgal. This 10″ x 8″ plate was called OCTAGON CAKE in factory shape records. 6 bidders fancied it and it went for a massive £512.00.

Flower Mountain 3463 'OCTAGON CAKE' plate

Flower Mountain 3463 'OCTAGON CAKE' plate

A rare survivor, a Dragon & Traveller 3656 10″ REVO bowl (not to be confused with the REVO tray shape in the next entry) complete with its original stand, pulled in 17 bids and finished at £380.00. A super piece, which regrettably is not part of my collection despite my best efforts…. aaaahhhh.

Dragon & Traveller 3656 REVO bowl & stand

Dragon & Traveller 3656 REVO bowl & stand

veryluckysilverpig (another of my favourite seller names) sold a Needlepoint 3815 10″ REVO tray with only a little gild rubbing on the edge to worry about for £181.86 after a 7 way duel. This is a terrific pattern and rarely seen on eBay. The buyer of this one is a lucky boy or girl.

Needlepoint 3815 REVO tray

Needlepoint 3815 REVO tray

Finaly, a Mad quote of the Month…. 

I quote from Wikipedia…. “Carlton Ware was a famous Stoke-on-Trent based pottery manufacturer. The company is best remembered for its often rather garish tableware”. How dare they???? They know nowt!  

The unseeing have used this word when colour is used in adventurous ways; Klimp, Picasso and Wahol have all been accused of the same! 

Work by Gustav Klimt, Picasso and Andy Warhol

Work by Gustav Klimt, Picasso and Andy Warhol, all accused of being 'garish'!

Do I see a smile on Marilyn’s face? Carlton Ware is in good company!

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Happy ebaying,

EBay masterspy

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17 Responses to October 2011

  1. Chris says:

    I received this Ginger jar last week and I can tell you the accolades were more than justified. It is superb in every way. The box it was sent in is also a masterpiece of competent packaging at the highest level. I have been waiting for something like this for decades!!!

    Chris

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello Chris,
      You lucky man! Glad it arrived safe and sound and the seller gave the piece the respect it deserves in transit. What a tragedy it would have been if the same fate had befallen it as befell the Nightingale gondola. The one thing that I found a bit of an “enigma” was that in picture 9 on the listing the jar was shown propping up some books on a shelf. A less valuable bookend might have been a good idea. What do you think? Anyway, thanks for letting us know it is safe and sound and glad to have you as a reader.
      Feel free to comment in the future on any of my articles,
      Best wishes,
      Ebay Masterspy

      • Chris says:

        Luckily, In 2004 I bought from this Argentina ebayer so I had no hesitation in bidding. One wonders what it may have achieved if it was offered in the UK or USA!
        Kind regards

        Chris

        • ebay masterspy says:

          Hi Chris,
          Having shelled out as much as you did I imagine you are extremely thankful that it wasn’t! See further post below from Terry Wise.
          Best wishes,
          ebay masterspy

  2. Charlie says:

    Hello and as always a great & interesting place to check out CW ebay sales.

    In regards to the Scimitar footed tray that was on ebay twice and didn’t sell. The piece was in the USA, but per the shipping info they ONLY posted to the UK??? Strange, they would not post even in the USA. Probally an error by the seller, but they cut out a lot of bidders.

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hi Charlie,
      Thanks for you post. Even ebay masterspy hadn’t noticed that detail.
      Cheers,
      E M

      • Charlie says:

        Hello masterspy…not every ebay seller or buyer may be aware of it, but unless the seller checks/marks on thier ebay auction that they will ship worldwide or to the country you reside in, ebay will BLOCK your bids.
        So if you see an item on ebay and your country or worldwide is not listed as posting to, then I recommend you contact the bidder and see if they will change the ship to, (some will some won’t) BEFORE a bid is placed. Once a bid is placed then “ship to locations” is locked in place and can’t be changed! (The only way to change it is cancel the auction, correct the info and then relist the item.
        FYI-Charlie in Calif.

  3. steve says:

    just discovered your excellent site very interesting
    wondered whether you or any of site users might have any helpful advice where i might find a large ginger jar cover (which smashed) for a cw jar pattern 3199.
    any advice welome
    cheers

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hi Steve,
      Glad you have found our site and my page and that you have found it interesting. If you still retain the pieces have you considered having the lid restored? There are some magicians out there. If it is in a lot of pieces it may be quite expensive, but it may possibly prove very difficult to obtain a lid in the correct size and pattern. Having said this I think Harvey (the webmaster – an eminent expert on Carlton Ware) may have some ideas to help you. Keep looking at this page to see if he can come up with something.
      Thanks again for looking at my page. I hope you continue to drop in every month.
      Kind regards,
      ebay masterspy

  4. Terry Wise says:

    Your survey of September Carlton Ware ebay sales included two items which currently justly lay claim to that overused term, rare. ie The 3353 Jazz ginger jar and the 3463 Flower Mountain plate.

    Prior to October 2005 pattern 3463 was only known to Carlton Ware World (CWW) via The Cochrane-Pettit Archive (CPA) following examination of the original factory pattern books. No official factory name appears so CPA appointed the name Flower Mountain. The first example seen was a spill vase, shape 217, sold on ebay on 18/10/2005 for £730. The plate sold in September is only the second example of 3463 that CWW is aware of and explains the substantial £512 selling price.

    Examples of the highly desirable 3353 Jazz pattern do occasionaly appear. What made the example in September so special was the large (10.25″) size of the popular ginger jar shape and the similar jar in The V & A Museum London. In fact three such examples are known to CWW. The V & A item, this September example selling at £5059 and one auctioned at Stoke UK on 15/07/2000 realising £9834 including buyers premium and VAT. In this context, event within this rarifed price range and allowing for the softening of prices since their peak around 2000/2001 this latest purchase must be viewed as good value.

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hi Terry,
      Thanks for the excellent and pertinent information. I bet Chris thinks he’s got a right royal bargain now! Cheap as chips as David Dickinsom would say. lol.
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

  5. David says:

    Hello Masterspy,

    I was the lucky purchaser of the Needlepoint dish. Probably got it at the bargain price because inexplicably finished around 12.00 noon. Not the best time for max exposure.

    Have also purchased the Nightingale Rocket vase for £531. I know this one was purchased at a Lincolnshire auction last month for £580 plus commission where it had a guide of £60-£80.

    David

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello David,
      Good to hear from you.
      I am sure the 2 of them will give many years of enjoyment.
      Even more so when they don’t cost as much as one had feared.
      I bought a Devil’s Copse large size footed comport for a bargain price once on Buy it Now. I was suspicious of the piece as it was so cheap. I was nervous opening it, but it was perfect, totally mint.
      Can’t take my face off it every time I go in the room. Brill.
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

  6. Jack Segal Melbourne Australia says:

    Hi Masterspy,
    I thought you my like to know the the Summer Flower dish I purchased in September is in perfect condition once cleaned the gold gilding is looking like new, I am very please with my purchase,
    Cheers for now,
    Jack.

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello Jack,
      It’s great when you get a bargain isn’t it…. and you certainly got a bargain there? See my last comment above.
      Even with the postage and (if you have to pay it in Australia), the import duty, it must have cost a lot less than the £250+ which it might have achieved on many another day.
      As I said in the article Mrs Masterspy and I are lovers of Summer Flowers, indeed, it is her favourite pattern. We have a cup/saucer, a large vase, the smallest conical bowl, a large posy bowl and a powder bowl. I must also say that the pattern really fills the whole of your diamond dish, which is brill.
      Do let me know if you get fed up with it and you fancy selling it at the same price you bought it for (ha ha).
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

      • Jack Segal Melbourne Australia says:

        Hi Masterspy,
        dish only cost me 95.00 Pounds including postage no duty a real bargain!!!!! Summer Flowers is also one of my favourite patterns I have five vases all different shapes footed bowl and the dish they look great together NOT FOR SALE sorry.
        Keep up the good work like reading your comments and photos,
        Cheers,
        Jack.

  7. Catherine says:

    Hi,
    I am writing about the cubist butterfly 9 1/2 inch vase 3190 S406, you say that it being in good condition can be a problem, just wondering why this is so? What problem would this present?
    Many thanks
    Cath

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