Two Months of Biggies Running…. I am Positively Reeling (and not Just from eBay either).
Where Have You Been, masterspy?……….
Mrs Masterspy and I have just returned from a week in a cottage in Normandy timed to coincide with the 68th Anniversary of the D Day Landings! My apologies, therefore, for the late arrival of my monthly blog. It has been a very moving double experience watching the magnificent and utterly British Diamond Jubilee celebrations on TV while here in France, and then, almost immediately following, seeing the heavily be-medalled veterans, some still surprisingly sprightly and all quite rightly proud of having done their duty, parading and remembering, and tragically, too many lying in the beautifully kept war cemeteries.
I pay my tribute to them all, those still with us and those sadly not (and in particular to Mr John Shanahan, an Irishman born in Cork and therefore under no obligation to join the British armed forces, a true gentleman 90 years young who had the time to talk to me and Mrs Masterspy and tell us what happened to him on Sword Beach on D-Day, with a sense of humour, but without any trace whatsoever of any personal aggrandisement in his story).
Without their courage and sacrifice, lasting for years, not just a day, many of us wouldn’t be here today and certainly wouldn’t have had the same lives as we have had and be looking forward to, for our children and grandchildren.
Now to The Subject in Hand…..
Last month saw a really big haul of pure CW gold. I was a little worried that this month would be pretty boring in comparison. Luckily, loads more wonderful CW stuff has appeared. During May I added a few little pieces to my collection and I am working my way gently towards buying another new Ikea Detolf display unit. No more room downstairs, so I am using spare space in one of the bedrooms now.
Early in the month a dramatic pedestal gondola in PARADISE BIRD & CLOUD 3144 was BIN/ONOed (Buy-it-Now / or nearest offer) by mackems1. There was a little bit of restoration to the gilding on the handles, so the asking price of £450.00 was not achieved, but perhaps £350.00 probably satisfies both parties.
One of the top patterns in my opinion is FLOWER & FALLING LEAF 3949. Yankee seller jcole8307 auctioned 2 little vases. One was the offset handled job and the other was a little covered vase both in the ruby colourway. The latter had a couple of hairlines inside the rim and sold for the ludicrously small sum of £45.40. The offset handled vase was fought over and ended up at £262.69. Much more like it for this pattern.
Not to be outdone, the Canadians answered via seller harwil, who parted with an 8½” baluster vase in FAN 3557 on powder blue. This one caused a bit of a stir as you could imagine and the hammer came down at a chunky £426.89. Did it arrive safely, buyer? Is it as good as it looks on screen?
A pair of nice little Tachette 3916 CONE candle holders followed soon after from Scottish seller andrew07734. Not normally a pattern to achieve 3 figures, I have to confess to some surprise when they reached the not inconsiderable sum of £124.99.
BELL 3786 on matt green is a highly sought after pattern, so when a bowl stand was put up for sale by cobwebschoice it reached £132.00. That isn’t for a bowl you understand, your £132.00 just buys you a stand to place a bowl on! Ouch!
After an eBay rest lasting for more than 3 months catstealer, “The Cat”, is back on eBay again! The York based seller listed plenty of goodies in May. Amongst the most striking was a pair of fan shaped bookends in green and black. Basically, these beauties are as deco as you can get and unsurprisingly went mega. Despite a small “spelch” on one of them (this is apparently Yorkshire dialect for what the rest of us call a chip) they went for a huge £231.95.
catstealer also auctioned as separate pieces a part coffee set in MEDALLION & LAUREL BORDER. An unusual pattern this one, however it did not do too well, with pieces fetching only their opening prices. Perhaps it looks a little too traditional and Edwardian in style for Carlton Ware collectors. What do you think, readers?
INCISED DIAMOND 3901 isn’t one of my personal favourites, but others do like it, which is fair enough, CW is a broad church, after all. A chipped cigarelle box was sold this month by bhf_shops. It attracted several bids and topped out at £18.25. Damage makes a big difference to price.
mik.duck launched a little 3¼” Eden Canopy 4249 vase and it took off like a rocket, reaching £301.12, that’s almost £100 an inch, wow!
GREEN TREES 3569 is another pattern I love. I only have one small vase in my collection and I am not going to be able to include any more for a while. Whilst I was wasting time considering putting in an offer for the very nice 7½” covered vase, somebody nipped in and agreed a price of £180.00. More a case of Gr(rrrrrrr)een Trees, or even Green (with envy) Trees, than Green trees, readers.
Then back roared The Cat again and brought forward an unusually shaped 8½” vase in FLIES 2131. Sssshhh, don’t tell The Cat, but I think this one was a good buy for somebody. Are you happy with the price, buyer?
Next up from The Cat was an 11″ high shouldered, narrow necked vase in TEMPLE 3003 on red. This one also attracted interest and rose to £160.00. Bet The Cat was well pleased with that. Well, Cat, are you purring with happiness, or are you flicking your tail angrily?
Another nationality joined in the fun in the shape of Dutch seller albion-antiekwho thrust a 7″ SKETCHING BIRD 3889 jug vase into the dyke. It kept the powder dry right up to £194.59. Not as good as a stubby little Dutch finger for dyke plugging, but hey, not too bad all the same.
royaldoulonworldwide had an 8” Eden 4241 ginger jar and asked £1150.00 BIN/ONO for it. Ooh err, missus! It did get an offer (which wasn’t accepted), for a somewhat less stratospheric £800.00. The seller is going again this month with it as an auction, so let’s see what happens, readers.
Another regular seller, potteryvillage-dot put up a sumptuous Egyptian Fan 3696 10″ REVO dish in excellent condition which went for only £260.99. Surprised me, did that. I would have thought it would do better. Do you think you have bagged a bargain, buyer?
The last piece of Rainbow Fan 3700 auctioned on eBay made £983.00, so when another piece came up for sale it was definitely destined to have a right crock of gold at the end for seller potteryvillage-dot. After a good old battle this ashtray finished at £560.00. I have held this piece in my hands and know it to be in excellent condition, so presumably the lucky buyer is now 7 lovely shades of happy. What say ye, buyer? Are you delighted? Let us know.
Seemingly perennially unlucky seller cpm1947 tried again this month with a sugar bowl in Fantasia 3389, the rare mauve matt colourway, which went for a singleton bid of £50.00. There really is no justice on eBay sometimes, readers. Never daunted (ya gotta admire this seller’s spirit, not to mention determination) the next one under the hammer is the matching cream jug. Let’s see how that one finishes up. More in next month’s blog, readers.
Blog reader/seller tyler*95 had an incredibly rare HANDCRAFT pattern and shape combo in the form of an 11″ vase in Zig-zag 3357. A beautiful piece. A deco masterpiece. Use all the superlatives you want, but it received only a few bids and went for (only!) £727.21. Unusually, it has silvering instead of gilding. Somebody got a real bargain here, in my opinion. Love it, love it, love it.
Many collectors are devoted to Heron & Magical Tree 4325. To see a 5½” lidded ginger jar in powder blue is a rarity, surprising then to see it sell for only £165.33. Now I bet that buyer was definitely delighted. Is it in as good condition as it looks? I do hope so.
Now, we all know how highly prized JAZZ 3352 pieces are. Perhaps the orange colour is more prized than the ruby, but £555.00 for a 6″ bowl is going some, isn’t it readers? I haven’t seen seller chilled-pc before in connection with CW. I wonder whether any more goodies are lurking in seller chilled-pc’s cupboards. Only time will tell, as they say.
Some time ago a little vase in AUTUMN TREE & FERNS 3517 came onto eBay and had to be withdrawn part way through the auction. Up it came again this month and despite only being 3½” high went to an astonishing £283.33. I am very much amused by the seller’s highly appropriate id, which is laughteristhebestmedicine.
Then, with one mighty feline bound, up popped The Cat again and listed a 10″ PARADISE BIRD & TREE with CLOUD 3143 vase. 10 bidders chased The Cat right up the tree to a topmost branch of £435.03. You will most certainly need the help of the local fire brigade to get down from so high up after that auction, Cat!
Not content with being chased up a tree once; the Cat went for it again with a superb 6″ CHINESE BIRD 3544 globular vase. Glutton for punishment is our Cat! Another high branch was found for this lovely vase at a height of £349.99 (and not one penny more). Must be purring by now, Cat???
Always good for an eBay fight, seller glad-findings came back for another piece of the action. This time it was a 10″ mushroom-shaped posy bowl (unfortunately minus its flower frog) in the rare pale blue colourway in HOLLYHOCKS 3819. What a striking piece, readers! I would have loved it in my collection. Again, 10 eBayers put their money where their mouths were and took this one up to £218.55. This shape is not easy to display, so a good result all round, I reckon. I have my 3 examples (including a nifty HOLLYHOCKS on black) on the top shelf of a sort of half Welsh dresser.
As you will well know by now, one of my favourites is FLOWER & FALLING LEAF 3948. Also nailing my colours to the mast I have 14 ginger jars in varying sizes, some with and some without lids. So to see a 6½” F & FL GJ complete with lid and in lovely condition in one of my favourite patterns was a real treat. Obviously, others thought so, too. 8 bidders this time and a final price of £410.00.
You don’t often see items on eBay auctioned by occasional seller trampuss, but when his lots do appear, oh boy, watch out for real gems. I would love a complete lidded preserve pot and stand in Explosions 3452, but I was going on holiday and I had spent up and…… so, there you go. It went very reasonably in my mind at £167.00 (especially as there is a 6″ vase on eBay currently, that should probably have a lid and hasn’t, for which £645.00 is being asked). Are you happy, buyer, do let us know?
They just kept on coming right to the very end of the month, readers. Again a pattern I would love to own is Iceland Poppy 3507 on the matt green ground. Good ol’ glad-findings found a 6″ cylindrical vase for us and was rewarded by seeing 7 bidders bidding to £397.99. Chuffed? Surely.
Ding dong, if the next one wasn’t an inkwell (minus well and lid, a pity that) in BELL 3788! It also had a tiny chip underneath, which would not be seen on display, even by the eagle-eyed. I was surprised, when even having said this it only made £102.09. Somebody has a good ‘un with this one.
Well readers, once again this month I could have easily written a blog twice as long, there was so much action. As the writer of this blog I find that the most difficult thing is always choosing what to leave out, rather than what to include. In a way, that is tribute to the brilliance and wide variety to be found in Carlton Ware, isn’t it?
As always, I really do welcome your comments and feedback, so feel free to comment on my blog at any time and at any length, whether you are a new reader or a previous correspondent.
Good eBay hunting this month readers (unless I am bidding, of course – lol),