In a response to my recent Introduction, I was asked by Ian and Sue if I could post an article which would be of interest to non-collectors. A tough challenge indeed and I don’t know whether I will achieve my aim with this particular offering, but here goes….
One of the things which annoys eBay buyers is non-disclosure of damage. Surely honesty is the best policy. Anyway, here are 4 items which were auctioned in October and were described by the sellers as damaged or restored. They still managed to sell and in the case of one of the pieces fetched a really high price.
Firstly, a 9″ Scimitar 3651 bowl which was quite properly described by the seller as broken into 2 pieces and poorly restuck with 2 base rim chips.
This lovely pattern is of course rare and highly sought after and a bowl such as this would normally realise many hundreds of pounds. This one attracted 12 bids and sold for £109.05. Not bad, considering the level of damage.
Secondly, a 7″ hexagonal Temple Jar without lid in FOREST TREE 3250.
This is described as having been possibly restored by the seller at the top rim and it certainly looks that way. This time there were 5 bids finishing at £62.00. This is a long way below the price a perfect jar would have fetched with its lid, but at 62 quid you wouldn’t skip it either, would you?
Next I saw a remarkable 7¾” vase in Explosions 3452. This piece had 3 separate hairlines and a small rim chip.
These flaws didn’t stop 317 eBayers looking at it and 4 of us dooking it out to £189.00. Again this is a fraction of the price for a perfect pot, but still worth having.
Finally, and this month’s top damaged pot, a rare 8″ vase in Jigsaw 3431.
This one had a short hairline, which was disclosed in the listing, but the seller also revealed, when questioned, that it also exhibited crazing and was stained inside. Another 314 folks viewed this and 8 eBayers placed 21 bids to £695.60. If that is what a damaged Jigsaw pot is worth I hate to think how much it would have been worth perfect! Oh, to have half a dozen in my shed!
The point is, I guess, all the buyers would be happy with their purchases because 3 items were correctly described and the damage properly described. It is only a pity that in one case enquiries had to be made in order to disclose the full extent of the flaws, but at least they were disclosed in the end.
The other point is, if it falls off the shelf reach for the phone to call a restorer and not the dust pan and brush.
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