Well, it has quieted down with a vengeance this month and no mistake. Is it silly season, holiday season, the Olympics, or the weather? Who knows, but come on, sellers, I have had to resort to paying a vastly inflated sum for a piece privately to avoid going completely cold turkey (gobble gobble gobble). At this point you have to imagine masterspy sitting in a corner, holding a little piece of dirty old blanket, humming tunelessly and gently to himself and rocking back and forth slowly, tears trickling down dirt-grimed cheeks, while sucking his thumb till it dissolves. Not a pretty thought, or indeed a pretty sight, so get your fingers out sellers and put some nice pots up for auction. If it wasn’t for the Cat and his new career as an art seller (!!!) things would be unbearable.
As if that isn’t enough to throw a person out of kilter, your very own masterspy is about to become a grandfather for the first time. OMG!!! To be honest, at a mere 25 years of age I don’t quite feel ready for it, so if I have missed a pot or 2 this month I hope you will understand and forgive my lack of attention and my tardiness.
Da ditditdit da daditdit…. Stop press….. Great news, I am a Granddad and all went well (except being kept awake all night by ‘er Indoors worrying – what an elbow the woman has!).Gorgeous little girl. Anybody got a microwave? I could eat her.
Now then, where to start after that? I think something soft and cuddly would be appropriate, so how about this one? Seller inzeebox put up a nice birthday card which I hope you will enjoy. Ahhhhhhhh (sigh).If anybody asks if the picture is of me I will hunt you down, ok?
Mad Item of the Month
US seller p.s_youwontforgetme strikes again. Unbelievably, somebody has paid the BIN asking price of £416.69 for a “magical djinn ring” made of the usual cheap materials including a “hint” of diamonds (gasps). This little beauty is going to “give you what you want when you want it” (5 numbers and 2 stars next time of asking might be a good start). The listings are a work of both art and fiction.Luckily the seller currently has over 60 spells and unique trinkets which allow for all pocket depths from £25 to £1425 (and yes, the expensive ones are just as much cheap tat as the low priced ones). So roll up, roll up and get yourself some bona fide (?) magic. Sad or what?
Over Optimistic EBayer of the Month
This month’s easy winner is UK seller mairsantiques who has been trying to sell a 4” trefoil conical dish in Medley 3587 for an astounding £265.00 for a long, long time. Come on, it is worth £75 at best in today’s market.
Let’s Get Back to Errrrrr “Normal” Shall We?
First up and giving the month a kick start was seller call94 who often lists good CW pieces. This time it was a large 9” x 10” jardinière in Moonlight Cameo 2944. A couple of scratches and a little wear on the base inside as would be expected for a jardinière, but unsurprisingly it rose and shone brightly to £211.00 – a bargain methinks.
Forming a similarly coloured bookend at the other end of the month was a 6” bowl in Oriental Watergarden 2505. Seller myngswyk asked £195.00 BIN/OBO for it and struck a deal at £175.00. Not bad for a piece with slight wear and damage.
Sandwiched in between were a number of other red, orange or terracotta pots, so let’s have a look at some of them. First up was the Cat (catstealer) with a stupendous 10” DRAGON 3145 vase. What a beauty! I wish I owned it (see comment above re waiting for 5 numbers and 2 stars), but I don’t. Still, somebody got a reasonable deal at £293.99 though. Was it you? Is it right in the middle at eye level on the top shelf, taking the rightful place of honour as any self-respecting dragon should? Do tell us.
As many readers will recall, I have long yearned for a vase in 777 shape, believing it to be quintessential deco. Well, bumble.bee sang a Medley 3591. Unfortunately a hairline sent the seller’s warbling a little off key, but £36.00 was still achieved. The beauty of Medley as a pattern is that it doesn’t have a display side and a non-display side, so stick the crack to the back and tell all your visitors it is perfect, buyer.
Having said which, like a small runny-nosed child with his nose pressed hard against the icy sweet shop window, I also similarly fancy a 10” finned dish. Northeast seller markyeva1968 had such a piece in HOLLYHOCKS 3972. Not any more he hasn’t. This one raised the sum of £103.99 for the seller’s red wine fund.
More copious quantities of delicious red wine can be purchased by the same seller after the sale of his 5” terracotta vase in Dragon & Traveller 3594 for £180.00. A bit of gild wear here and there, a little missing black paint inside and a little crazing, but a good piece of CW nonetheless.
What do you know? Yet another super DRAGON 3145 piece reared up, this time a 9½” bowl was eBayed by Essex seller thevintiquechamber and this time the dragon’s roar was good for £182.99.
And finally in the CW July red/orange/terracotta fest we were offered a handsome little TREE & CLOUDS 4217 vase by seller laughteristhebestmedicine. I had hoped to pursue an interest in this little gem, but it went too high for me. Oh well and hey ho.
Well, we don’t want the other colours to get all sullen and dangerous and threaten to throw their pots off the top shelf, do we? Better look at some of the others before their bottom lips start wobbling.
So starting with blue, petrol blue in fact, billysmarket caned us with an 8” 217 shape vase in Stork & Bamboo 2932…. owwww, the buyer’s wallet is smarting as the final reckoning was £170.00. Again there is a little wear to the top rim gilding, but hey, we can forgive that. Just how opulent does this vase look?
Over to Blush in flow blue for my next item, a 4 footed 9” vase in CHRYSANTHEMUM 1635. The Cat auctioned this one and had a £109.99 reward. My father, an avid gardener, used to grow hundreds of Chrysanths every year, so I have a bit of a soft spot for this pattern.
Once again it was The Cat who auctioned a lovely 6” Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 vase and trousered a healthy £275.00. Are you sure you are doing the right thing, dealers, staying out of the market and letting The Cat have it all his own way? He’s making a fortune while you lot do nowt! He’s a Cheshire Cat now.
Seller rent15c listed this piece as “sadly a/f”. I would go so far as to say a crying shame! As you know PERSIAN GARDEN is one of my favourites, so to see a 9” footed and handled dish in powder blue 3892 with such a grievous crack is such a sorrow. However, 5 bidders obviously like the pattern as much as I do and it still managed to go for £66.00. A fraction of its perfect price.
Keeping with blue glad-findings found us a nice pot pourri in Hedgerow 3872, unusually complete with its lid, although this had its finial restuck. So all in all, a good buy at £64.89. I bet you love this piece buyer, don’t you? I would if I were you.
Lastly with the blue stuff, I hope you aren’t going to use your NEW MIKADO 2814 coffee set for slurping the vile brew, buyer. Somebody probably has done in the past and has chipped the cream jug on the base rim. Careless devil (or she-devil…. must remember to be PC…. WHAT? YOOOU? PC? Editor). Considering the BIN prices some sellers want for some plain coffee sets this must rate as a bargain. However, fair play to seller, gordon504 this one was started at £29.99. Happy with it, buyer? Do tell us.
Let’s switch to green. Green is for envy and I am seriously envious of the buyer of this 11½” lidded vase in Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3383 auctioned by glad-findings. Ok, it has had a little restoration, still has a little hairline and a little gild wear where the lid sits, but what a stunner. Happy? I bet you are buyer.
The Cat cattily clawed a bank balance swelling £333.00 by selling an 8” 326 shape HOLLYHOCKS 3818 vase in pale mottled green gloss. This piece has CW’s million mile deep black gloss at the base as well. I love that gloss black. What a colour!
Sometimes you buyers amaze me too, readers. mackems1 finds a 10” rectangular finned tray in Babylon 4125, a highly sought after pattern, with no crazing (!!!) and only a little gild wear to one fin and all you can manage is a paltry £200.00. I know there is a recession on, but come on! Wake up you lot. This is a cracker.
By way of comparison, another green pot, this time a 6½” biscuit barrel in BELL 3786 with a broken and badly reglued lid (in need of restoration to make it look anything like its best) auctioned by blackstot, rose to £117.00. A fair amount for such serious damage.
Partly to include a pattern I haven’t blogged before, I will start the yellow section with a nice 9” vase in Corn Marigold 4277. This was a maisy-patcheye special, a bit of a hairline and some crazing, so it only fetched £16.50. It is a lot of pot for the money though, isn’t it?
Back to The Cat again…. His cream SKETCHING BIRD 3891 oval Aztec handled tray flew up to £298.73. The customer is always right as they say and 12 different bidders wanted this in their collection. The cream will always rise to the top and The Cat will happily lap it up.
Another cream piece, a MODERN WARE preserve pot complete with both lid and saucer in excellent condition was auctioned by heatherinhayle and achieved a very creditable £67.00. Is it alone or among plenty of (MODERN WARE) friends, buyer? Do tell us.
A swift sideways slide into black reveals a 4 piece cruet in black and gold pattern number 3846. Almost poke you in the eye Art Deco with the pieces resembling 1930’s New York skyscrapers such as the stunning Chrysler Building. Seller decoseek priced this one just right because a singleton bid of £39.99 was enough for the Post Office to have to do their thing.
To bring the month to a conclusion I have 2 final offerings. Firstly I think I can finally bring to an end the long-running saga of the bouncing JAZZ 3352 6” bowl!! collectors.corner has parted with it at last (to an underbidder, I leave that one to your imagination readers) for £431.33. Perhaps if it moves home again it can do so without any more shenanigans.
And Finally……. You didn’t think I was going to forget the super 8” jug in Secretary Bird 4918 sold by UK seller lujesjaz for £400.00 did you? Not a bit of it. A masterpiece and still so despite a small restoration to the rim. Do you like it, buyer? Tell us what you have done with it.
Well, another month goes by and masterspy is no longer only a father, but is also now a grandfather. OMG!!! If you have any comment or response to my blog please feel free to have your say.