“Oh, to be in England now that April’s there……”
Of course the poet Robert Browning couldn’t possibly have been talking about the all time record rainfall April we have just had, could he readers? No indeedy. Mind you, half the country has a hose pipe ban. Couldn’t script the stupidity of it, could you? Rule Britannia, eh!
It has been an absolutely mega month on eBay for us CW addicts. It has been raining ceramic magic all month from beginning to end. Sorry Harvey, this month it will be a very looooooooong blog! In fact I could have written 2 equally good blogs this month, so let’s get right into it…………
I am going to start with 3 bits of early blush for a change this month. andrew.crossley.antiques listed a lovely quatrefoil shape teapot in the PETUNIA 1987 pattern. Real quality. Unsurprisingly it attracted blush fans far and wide and raised £157.99. Is it as pretty as it looks, buyer? It certainly looks a lovely piece.
This is the earliest pattern number I have featured (so far) in my blog. olliesdad1943 gave us a beautiful dessert set in POPPY 752. I can’t understand why only one bidder was interested in a complete and undamaged set from the very beginning of the CW story. The £23.00 which was paid does not do this set justice in any way in my opinion. Once again, I am compelled to ask you, readers, what are you doing?
Right at the front of the file marked “What a pity” was a pair of early slender and elegant ewers numbered 56/1752 sold by johnfandmaryp. Current thinking suggests this numbering style was used on higher price items such as these splendid pieces (top of the range as we say now). Both the pattern and the shape are extremely rare. One of the leading collectors of blush commented to me that although they were damaged he had to have them as he had only seen the pattern once before in all his years of collecting. Say no more.
It is always interesting to see an item on eBay having previously seen it in the flesh. potteryvillage-dot did a little restoration on a JAZZ 3352 ruby ground DON vase, often now called an ice bucket, which he had bought at auction in January. After a 20 bid exchange it went to a lucky bidder for £728.00, but she had better move it sooner rather than later, or one of her cats might knock it off its perch. I don’t think this pot deserves any more oopsy daisy dropsy, do you?
A really lovely BELL 3788 7” conical dish in the same colourway followed very soon after. 9 bidders wanted this little gem. The winner had to pay the seller mosaic787 only £150.00 owing to a tiny chip to the back of the rim. Is it as small as it looks, buyer? Is it in pride of place where another pet can’t get at it?
12” tall Mandarins Chatting 3653 temple vases don’t often come by in pairs, even with some restoration to both. UK seller lujesjaz offered said rare jars though and sold them for £650.00. What a display they will make! If they are bought for sale, you wanna sell ‘em, buyer? Lurrrrvly!
Enough ruby lustre pots, for now at least. A tea for two set in the floral embossed ANEMONE offered as a Buy it Now by 1stepahead at £395.00 was soon snapped up despite a couple of small chips and some crazing. Always sought after, this pattern and set usually finds a buyer at prices in this bracket and this lot was no exception.
Readers will no doubt remember the 6” Sunflower Geometric 3334 vase sold by diddybox for £275.00 recently, well it made a speedy repeat appearance this month having been briefly in the care of david010746 and this time reached a much higher £500.00. You never know, it might appear again one day.
Jaxwel67 probably likes MIKADO 2364 candle sticks. He probably likes them even more after he auctioned a nice pair for the considerable sum of £157.22. Happily, I am informed that they are just perfick.
On the other hand, well known collector/seller cpm1947 has probably ended up disappointed for the second month running when selling a lovely HANDCRAFT Carre 3658 cigarette box and making only £57.15. Another case of what is up with you readers? Ok, it had a couple of tiny chips, but I have seen it on display and it is nice. The buyer got a bargain here I reckon.
Similarly, ungaas may well have felt the same when only receiving bids from 1 bidder for a 13” Eden (AKA Tiger Tree) 3989 charger. It probably deserved a much higher price. I bet the buyer is delighted.
Back to the ruby lustre again. Lightning then struck ungaas right in the wallet again as exactly the same thing happened with a 10” triangular dish in Heron & Magical Tree 4159. This time the price was £647.99 with only 1 bidder prepared to pay the opening bid price. Having said which, if ungaas is very, very old and had it from new, the label on the back says that it was sold originally for 11/6d (this is 56½ pence in decimal currency), which has got to be a good profit, though the average week’s wages was then about £1! Patience is a virtue as they say.
Another lovely piece, this time in BELL 3788 was a 7” covered vase which was Buy-it-now/ONOed by vanilla-pods. It found a taker at £600.00. Almost mint, by the looks of it. A pride of place piece, if ever I saw one.
Keeping with the ruby theme (and it really has been a theme this month, readers) glad-findings brought to the table a cracker barrel in an unusual deco shape in SKETCHING BIRD 3889. This one reached £360.00. Considering the rarity of the shape and the nice pattern, were you disappointed by the final price, seller?
Nightingale 3562 lamp bases don’t come along very often, either, do they? Two were hatched out this Spring in quick succession. One was not sold as it didn’t reach its reserve price, but the other one, listed by mel1online soared skywards to £515.00.
My personal favourite piece this month was a fantastic 9” Devil’s Copse 3769 conical dish in yellow (yes, I did say yellow)! After 7 bidders had landed 15 mighty blows, seller mackems1 can pocket a highly satisfying £759.00. Luvly jubbly, Rodders! I am sure both the buyer and seller will be delighted with the outcome. Are you both?
mackems1 was on a roll now. Next up was a GUM FLOWER 3794 ginger jar. A big lump this one, at 11” in height. GUM FLOWER always does fairly well, so mackems1 will have to make enough room in that bulging pocket for another £102.00.
A stunning FORREST TREE 3238 cigarette box on little bun feet and with lashings of 24 carat splashed all over it pushed the GUM FLOWER ginger jar out of the way and demanded our attention. 7 bidders “went down to the woods today”, but nobody “got a big surprise” when this pot made £304.00 for markyeva1968.
Things were hotting up now, as even the French started to get in on the act, with the charmingly named seller spit941 (love it, another great id name – as the seller is French registered, I wonder if it is really El Hadji Diouf – football fans only) offering an 8” lidded ginger jar in Holly 3418, a HANDCRAFT pattern, which spiked its way up to a massive £1156.22, but alas readers, all was not well. After the end of the auction the buyer was informed the lid had a number of very visible cracks. Now, this buyer doesn’t do cracks, let alone when not advised of them until after the auction ends, so he emailed me to tell me how mad he was (quite rightly). Needless to say the sale was not completed and the item was listed again as a Buy-it-now/ ONO with the damage pictured. It went quickly for £413.92. I bet the first buyer felt like somebody had nicked his ice cream before he even had one lick.
Before we had time to wipe our brows and draw a raggedy breath another piece of HANDCRAFT with Scroll, this time a 6” vase in a pale blue colourway came up. Thankfully, this piece was said to be mint. Only 2 eBayers bid this time, but what lofty bids they were! tyler*95 found himself £1177.13 the richer, but what a beauty he has lost from his collection, readers. Did it hurt to part with it? Let us know.
Yet another wonderful rarity was soon available. This time it was a 5½” PERSIAN GARDEN 3894 vase on a sumptuous graduated turquoise ground. My little gob was proper smacked, let me tell you. I would have loved this one, but it went stratospheric, making £620.00 after 34 bids. Buyer, please tell me, is it as good as it looks on screen? I bet the seller, potteryvillage-dot is as happy as only a happy thing could be. Are you happy with the outcome too, potteryvillage-dot?
A seller who is not quite as actively selling CW as she used to is carltonwarekath. I suppose it is getting harder and harder to find good stuff at a resalable price. However, she found a nice 6½” vase in the red ground Lacecap Hydrangea 3969. 8 bidders fancied it, so it made £93.87. Are you happy with this amount, Kathy? I do hope you and Tony are well, by the way.
Birds on Bough 3394 is a pattern I am not too keen on, but plenty of you are. Despite some wear to the gilding on the handle, the 7¾” jug listed by appitantiques made a creditable £80.15 after 10 bids. As I say, not my cup of tea, but I am sure the buyer will find it eminently drinkable, so to speak.
Only 30 minutes later, another similarly sized and shaped jug ended, this time in JAZZ STITCH 3655. I am a big fan of this pattern, but my hand was stayed by the wear to the gilding. Nevertheless, this is a seriously deco pattern and always makes money. Despite the wear it reached a chunky £294.00 for seller getcarter3.
As the end of April raced toward us, a nice little Crested Bird & Waterlily 3529 6” vase did too. wenynot put this one up for sale. It had a little bit of crazing on the pale colours, but nothing excessive. Unfortunately it only made £112.00. I predict we will see this one again one day.
Lastly……. Play the Game
In some respects I am of course highly flattered to be quoted verbatim in a seller’s listing, but if you are going to do so, I would be very grateful if an extra zero is not added to the price I have quoted for a sold item, the currency is not changed and the wording itself is not about a piece with completely different attributes. This is absolutely not acceptable to me as it is misleading for eBay buyers and I will not be any party to that. I am not all prissy about this, but please get it right, or please don’t do it! They don’t call me eBay masterspy for nothing, so I will spot such transgressions, wherever in the world they are perpetrated, xuout1971.
Mad Items of the Month
Previously I have given my advice to the ladies on sartorial elegance eBay style and on what to do when out doing a spot of “Ruby, don’t take your love to town”. Now, eventually ladies, there will inevitably come a time when you just need to get shut of that boring old CW obsessed nutter you are stuck with. Worry ye not, eBay has all the answers.
Speaking personally, I think the thing I fear most deeply is a bunch of marbles left at the top of the stairs. After all, once the perpetrator has heaved your prone and broken body out of the way and picked them all up, there is no evidence left at all. Ladies, 116thdream has provided you with the opportunity to commit the perfect crime for only £0.99! What a bargain! I hope ‘er Indoors never reads this bit!!!!!
I have to say however, that the tradition of evil murdering women going way back to Lucretzia Borgia and well beyond is that the weapon of choice is poison, so I can offer you 2 alternatives. You could always use some good old fashioned and traditional ground glass (just think of the pain he will be in). Don’t stint on it, ladies, it may take a fair quantity to remove your little problem from the face of the earth. frostautorestoration has enough to do the job properly. 25Kg for only £19.99. Another absolute bargain. In fact you will probably have enough left over to finish off all his relatives too – you don’t want to share the inheritance, do you?
Perhaps you feel that your man has been a rat (I can understand that, buying yet another piece of CW on the quiet, hiding it in plain sight in a busy display cabinet – hell, I’ve done it myself and I know one or two others who do the same). That obviously calls for a good dose of industrial strength rat poison. Seller swiftbuys234 can solve your problems. Nothing worse of course than your hubby clinging grimly on to his miserable life and frustrating you (despite the obvious and highly satisfying massive internal bleeding), so I recommend that you buy a full 2.5Kg tub of happiness for only £21.95.
Ladies, I am not a greedy man. If my advice has helped you solve your intractable problem, a mere 10% of his estate paid into my account at the Bank of Switzerland, a/c no. 1234567890 would be most deserved and thoroughly welcome. Surely, that is the biggest bargain of all. I think that finishes that series off nicely.
Finally, as you know my blog has been littered with tales of magnificent pieces of CW broken in the post. My thanks go to eBay seller doc_julio, who has sent a really useful guide to packing fragile items to withstand the rigours of our postal system. It will appear on the website shortly.
As ever, I welcome your responses (and this time, your cheques as well).
Good eBaying next month and let’s hope it is as good a month as this one was.