Readers…… again, I apologise. What must you think of me, missing yet another month’s blog? Sadly, I have had major problems. My puter broke on 22nd November and sadly is now (hopefully) rebooting in Emergency Ward 1010 (that one is for TV, maths or ‘puter nerds only….. and only old nerds at that!). The techies are doing everything they can, but the damage was extensive and the longed for recovery, extremely slow, so I am having to write this blog on a borrowed and ancient laptop…. I hope it stays the course, or you will never read this.
Still with me? Good. It must have made it to the winning post after all readers!!!
Mad Item of the Month(s)
I don’t know about you, readers, but my life was significantly and adversely affected by the banking crisis of 2008 and the consequent economic woes which sprang therefrom. So to see a game glorifying the behaviour of bankers being sold on eBay for £14.00 (indeed, having sold out, in fact) raised my eyebrows I can tell you. The product description includes the following “The Really Nasty Bankers Game brings out all the best family values of double-crossing, scheming, bluffing and greed! Just sit there like a picture of innocence knowing you’ve gambled too much of the bank’s money and hope that nobody has the nerve to challenge you. Never mind honesty, integrity and ethics… now you can feel exactly what it’s like to squander away billions and earn yourself a big fat bonus along the way!” Makes one feel all warm and fuzzy inside readers.
Over Optimistic eBayer of the Month(s)
Glasgow seller lmcd909 seems to imagine that a MODERN WARE sugar bowl in plain decoration 4151 is worth £250.00 and has been resolutely relisting it for some time. Can’t see it happening with the decimal place situated where it is currently. Can you?
Bargain of the Month(s)
Once again unlucky seller cpm1947 provides us with the Bargain this Month – this time a superb 10½” pitcher in Heatwave 4092. Ok, there are a couple of little blemishes on one side of the handle, but £65.23? The lucky buyer is a friend of mine, but nevertheless I am quite happy to inform you readers that said eBayer is a serial CW thief!
Two Months’ Worth of Goodies
Where to start? Why not with a jug vase in Spangled Tree 4163? Not one of my personal favourite patterns, but it has its adherents! Seller plush-puppy listed a good example which 2 well known eBayers fought over and raised the bar to £70.77. Not far from bargain territory.
Talking of raising the bar, next up for a shout out was seller 007baza who listed an uber rare 16” charger in JACOBEAN FIGURES 3956.
Masterspy took one look at this and thought…. I am not embarrassing myself by making a puny bid on this, it’s going Down Under anyway. 50% correct. My bid would have been puny, but it didn’t go to Oz. In fact it travelled less than one thirtieth of the distance to where I had thought it would end up. The seller trousered a massive £2106.00 on this beauty. I particularly like the way the enamelling of the figures is done in the same micro mosaic style favoured by enamellers on silver. My gob was well and truly smacked by this one I can tell you, but more importantly the buyer reports to me that it is simply magnificent!
We have all seen many pieces of SKETCHING BIRD, Feathertailed Bird, CHINESE BIRD, PARADISE BIRD, even Secretary Bird et al over the years, but very few pieces of BLUE WREN 3115 turn up on eBay. Darlington eBayer mackems1 chose to BIN/ONO list this little 4½” vase at £75.00. Got to be a good buy on rarity alone and apart from the rarity value it is prettily drawn and beautifully coloured.
Another good buy was made by the top bidder for this 4” tall cylindrical cigarette box in Moonlight Cameo 2960. Personally, I much prefer the orange ground versions of Moonlight Cameo to the matt black ones, but each to their own as I often say. There was a little crazing, primarily and unfortunately in the cameos themselves, but, £17.80??? Wow. Lucky buyer.
Second listing in this blog for seller cpm1947 – this time a lovely MODERN WARE preserve pot and cover on its stand in MODERN WARE decoration 3888. This is one of masterspy’s favourite decorations. So Deco, so opulent. I am lucky enough to own one of these preserves in Medley 3599 and it is a superb display piece. Sadly I have to report that I paid a lot more for my piece than the buyer paid for this one, which was only £45.00.
What a shame this CHINESE BIRD 3527 10” REVO tray has an old chip on the back.
Denizen of Stockton markyeva1968 may have feared the worst because of it, but needn’t have worried, pocketing a reasonable £87.11. This pattern has a lovely blend of colours and an imaginative design. I am very fond of this one.
I have no doubt as to why the finned diamond shaped dish does not get the highest of prices, it is extremely hard to display in a way that does not take a large area of cabinet space. However, it is a great platform for displaying the majesty of some of CW’s greatest Art Deco patterns.
This one had a little gild wear primarily on the fins and was listed as a secret auction, neither of which helped its cause, price wise, but at the end of the day BELL 3788 on the mottled gloss ruby lustre is one of the best. The colours and detail in BELL are superb and the ruby ground suits it very well. In the listing the seller, magpiesantiques said he or she would have liked to keep it, but needed the money. Well, the back bin was swelled by the sum of £123.11, so presumably starvation was at least temporarily avoided.
I have always wanted to buy Mrs Masterspy one of CW’s lovely pedestal powder puff bowls.
So far this prize has eluded me. So it did again when jamesmiles2012 listed an example in PARADISE BIRD & TREE WITH CLOUD 3252. This bird was keen to climb despite those silly tail feathers and rose to £167.00.
As I often say, when a very rare pattern comes on to eBay out pop another couple lickety split. There was a little rash of Mondrian 3570 pieces a while back for example. So here we have another JACOBEAN FIGURES 3957 piece, a 7” lidded ginger jar in ruby.
In fact it was another piece from deepest darkest Argentina listed by shicosland. Somewhat over optimistically it was listed for USD4999.99 but was sold to a best offer of USD3000.00 (approx. £2059.31 – exchange rate at time of writing, not at time of sale). Owing to currency exchange rates, the buyer will have paid 2% to 3% less in their currency at time of purchase, which of course raises an obvious but interesting issue…. When is a good time to buy from a foreign country? Answer, never if one lives in the UK, but happily for the buyer of this pot, residence in the benighted land of the UK is not an issue. Go on, figure it out… answers on a post card please.
Another piece displaying a different historically inspired lady appeared 250 or so years later so to speak on this charger in VICTORIAN LADY 3451 listed by soula-art of Glasgow.
Sadly, this has a rim chip, but that didn’t stop it swirling the crinolines round to £385.00. I reckon the buyer has by now exhausted every flat display position in his abode and has now resorted to stuff he can hang on his wall (hopefully anyway readers!!!). Yeah, right…. No chance, eh buyer?
I like my little flights of fancy readers and I have just had one relating to this footed REVO shaped comport in Chevrons 3657 listed by betinbe_2xdo7 of Bastogne in Belgium.
History buffs will know that the town of Bastogne was heavily fought over during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 because of its strategic importance. Bastogne is sited on wooded high ground and hosts a major road junction. I imagine I can see a symbolic representation of the high ground in the triangular shape in the middle, of the woods in the curvy shape on the left and of the skyward pointing guns in the shape on the right. (What a muppet you are masterspy – Ed… Sorry, Ed – masterspy). Anyway, the piece sold for an extremely cheap £91.84 probably due to poor pictures and lack of condition description.
10” 443 shaped vases are very nice, particularly in SKETCHING BIRD 3891. £250.00 would be a fair price at the moment I would reckon.
This is a good ‘un. emmamaria79 auctioned a 9” vase in FOREST TREE 3244, which caused a right old punch up between nine eBayers and ended up at £231.00. Good colours.
Most will have seen examples of the dogs from the RIBBED STONEWARE range, but I imagine far fewer will have seen, or even know of the existence of the RIBBED STONEWARE RAT! (Yes, in shape records it’s called a rat Ed.)
I don’t think there are many of these about. They are cute enough to have sold initially in the 1930s, but that tail was an accident waiting to happen (as it has done on this occasion) and probably led to many being thrown away. Consequently, the price rocketed to £182.70. I happen to know that the winner was delighted, but shocked at how much had to be paid to secure it, whilst the under bidder was distraught at having missed out. There can only be one winner in an eBay auction readers.
The winner of this auction was pretty determined to win, placing 40 bids in that thoroughly annoying a few more quid at a time fashion. Seller cooperterry (I wonder if the seller’s real name could be Terry Cooper lol) launched a lidless 6” ginger jar with a hairline in the rare Jagged Bouquet 3457.
It finished up at £205.00. A high price for an incomplete piece with damage.
I like jugs. I like Rosetta 3505. Ipso fatso I like this one, listed by forresusa. Sadly, so does half the CW world. My bid would not have troubled the scorers as they say in cricket. A gorgeous cover drive for 732.00 runs needed to win this game.
Now, if this 8” ginger jar in yellow BELL 3774 had been perfect (it has a restored lid) and had been listed with the pictures the right way up (corrected here) christopher7837 would have made some serious cash. As it was, it still made £708.00. I am sure the buyer will endeavour to place it the right way up on display. Wouldn’t want it to roll off the shelf!!!
A friend of mine is having a somewhat difficult time at the moment, so here is one which I hope will cheer her up a little, it is an 8” jug in her favourite pattern, HOLLYHOCKS 3972. As it was a secret auction it might even have been her wot bought it. Perhaps she might tell us.
I don’t know much about this 6” 464 shape vase. I have not seen the pattern before. It doesn’t appear in pattern records so is likely to an out decorated piece. Perhaps it is unknown, or mebbe decorated out. It does have an order number underneath together with the blue script mark (unsmudged), but no pattern number. Has anybody seen this pattern before? Somebody may have scored a rare one here for £75.00. Opinions? Further information?
One down on the shape numbers is 463 and this nice 5½” example in SPIDER’S WEB 4243 was BINned by tyler*95 of Cal-eye-forn-eye-ay in the good ol’ US of A for £75.66. As you know I am not a particular fan of this pattern, but this unusual colourway is very delicate.
And now a fond return to my dear friend’s favourite colour, which she nicknamed “Puke Yellow”! Some, including my friend, may not like it, but at least the pattern stands out on this colour. What pattern? Oh yes….. Dragon & Traveller 3660 on a 5” globular. This one didn’t do as well as I expected and only reached £173.00 before running out of fire. Dunno why. Looks a nice piece to me.
FLOWER & FALLING LEAF 3948 on a 6” 406! The only question is where were the serial 406 bidders? Only two bidders for this cracker. I can only assume that the areas of “matt” gilding commented on in answer to a question persuaded some not to bid. Oh well. Not ever likely to clap me peepers on this one, so I will never know. Is it restored, buyer? Do let us know.
I simply luuuuurve Tendrillon 3858. I have a small piece and a large piece, so I am out of this game, but that doesn’t stop me salivating. Oh no indeedy not. Londoner ros-at-rrltd sold a 7” lidded vase for £285.00. It looks like this one is beginning to go up in price, readers!
Yorkie seller gemsantiques BINned a proud upstanding candlestick in HOLLYHOCKS 3818 for £135.00. A very nice one by t’looks on’t.
Another of my faves as you all know is ANEMONE 3694. On one of my fave shapes too. Yum yum. Scottish seller april_antiques used to own a 10” example, but sold it for £192.33. A good buy at this price methinks readers.
In any case 12 different bidders fancied it, so I can’t be alone this time. What striking design and colours, right out of the heart of CW’s golden every one a winner Art Deco design period. Hang on. I have just had a thought. Perhaps nobody liked the pot, but people have a desperate need for a left thumb!!!!! Go on, sellers list pix of yer left thumb and see if you can beat £192.33.
Not one, but TWO perfect Mandarins Chatting 3654 6” vases were auctioned by 1pantiques.
Like the name sir, like the name. Mind you, I like the vases and so did the 9 bidders who pushed these 2 fat boys up to £761.02. So the seller will soon be able to buy loads and loads of food and become as fat as a mandarin.
Oooooh errrrr, missus, a 10” 167 shape vase in TURKISH 3071.
Triffic. I am very fond of this one too readers. A bargain at only £257.00. The good news is I will be able to feast me peepers on this one soon readers.
Last, but not least is this unsold piece. It did reach £1283.00, but that wasn’t enough to surpass the Queen of Cleveland’s reserve price. Somewhat surprising that it didn’t go any higher. After all FAIRY 3564 is rarer than rocking horse poo.
Must be because it is a 9” bowl and not a vase. Gawd knows what it would have sold for if it had been a 9” vase!
So, there we are then. It is 50 days since my puter broke down. I have tried to do my best on a borrowed lappy, but, no excuses. I hope you enjoyed it such as it was. Perhaps my puter will respond to the 1000 volts defibrillation administered by the puter nerd medics and come off the critical list. I certainly hope so. As usual, feel free to make any comments in the normal way.