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Noteworthy Lots

(Updated 12/12/18)

Items of particular interest which have changed hands in recent sales:

Shelley Harlequin and Floral 21 Piece Teaset

Shelley Harlequin and Floral 21 piece teaset
An interesting lot sold on Ebay this week. The description reads "A 21 piece teaset by Shelley in a nice Harlequin and Floral pattern, hand painted and signed by the artist dates from 1956, all pieces in vgc". No further details or photographs of the backstamps provided so is this aftermarket decoration? Whether or not this is so, fourteen bidders were attracted to this set, placing a total of thirty two bids, the set finally realising a sale price of £990.00


Wileman Intarsio 'Time O'Day Timepiece
Wileman intarsio timepiece time by Frederick Rhead
This wonderful piece by Frederick Rhead sold on Ebay this week. Described as stunning and vibrant and in remarkable condition save for a small slither chip on the back of the clock, the piece measures 21cm high x 28cm long x 6.5cm wide. As anticipated for a rare item such as this, it was hotly contested by seven bidders who placed twenty seven bids in total. The winning bidder secured the piece with a grand bid of £520.05


Shelley Vogue Teaset for Six

Vogue Coral teaset for six pattern n. 11739 This teaset for six people, pattern No.11739, comprising milk jug , sugar basin, six cups and saucers, six side plates and two sandwich plates was on sale at Potteries Auctions on 10 November. Described as painted in red and black with simple floral band and triangular filled handles, this set quickly realised a hammer price of £950.00 + commission.


Vogue Burgundy Cup & Saucer Shelley Vogue Art Deco Burgundy Teacup & Saucer

This rare unusual colourway duo appeared on Ebay this week. Described as in fabulous condition the piece was fiercely fought with six bidders placing twenty five bids between them. The final bid securing the duo for the successful bidder was $330 (£251.23)


Pair of Foley Intarsio Vases 3469

Wileman pair of blue Intarsio vases No. 3469

On sale at Richard Winterton Auctions, Lichfield was this pair of damaged Intarsio vases Model No 3469. Described as watermill landscape, printed factory marks to base, approximate height 23cm. One vase has a broken rim with pieces loose. Despite this the pair attracted some interest and the hammer price realised £460.00


Jill Burridge Collection
Wileman six handled vase Rd.330305 3021
Several items belonging to the late Jill Burridge, a former member of the Shelley Group, were sold at Adam Partridge Auctioneers, Macclesfield sale on 1 November 2018. Jill had a fabulous collection of mainly Wileman pieces and although there are too many to list individually on this page, a supplement has been produced which my be accessed via this link.


Vintage Art Deco Foley/Wileman Bouquet Ribbons & Bows Tea Set

Wileman Bows and Ribbons 21 piece tea set This Art Deco stunning rare Wileman Bouquet Pink Roses, Ribbons And Bows twenty one piece tea set, has just sold on Ebay. Comprising six cups, saucers and plates, plus sugar basin, bowl and cream/milk jug, all with garlands of pink roses with swags of blue ribbons tied in bows, gold handles, borders and trims, with Wileman factory marks, this set attracted huge interest. Nineteen bidders placed a total of one hundred and seven bids to reach a final sale price of £2260.00 - Wow!


Shelley Queen Anne Twelve Person Tea Set
Shelley queen anne blue iris 12 person tea set
Another lot in the recent Bamford's Design auction was this twelve person Queen Anne tea set in Blue Iris pattern No.11561 designed by Eric Slater. Comprising cake plate,milk jug, sugar basin, twelve cups saucers and side plates - thirty nine pieces in total, the set exceeded the estimate of £150-250 to reach a final hammer price of £320.00 (+25% buyers premium)


Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell Figure Group 'Our Pets'

Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell figurine 'Our Pets'
Sold at Bamford's Design auction on 17 October was this large china figure group by Mabel Lucie Attwell. The piece entitled 'Our Pets' showed two young children, one holding a doll, watching two rabbits, was 21cm high and carried the usual factory backstamp and facsimle signature. The final hammer price was £500.00 (+25% buyers premium) which was at the lower end of the estimated sale price range.


Wileman Faience Grotesque Pottery 'Dog of Foo'
Wileman Faience Dog of Foo blue by Frederick Rhead
Another rarity which excited three bidders on Ebay this week - a Faience Groteque 'Dog of Foo' designed by Frederick Rhead. Measuring 15 x 8 cm. it did have some damage being chipped to the tail with some surface wear and a glaze chip to the ball but this did not deter the bidders who competed with each other to raise the final bid to £1020.05


Shelley Art Deco "Lucy Dawson Dog Studies" Lamp Base c.1936

Shelley lamp base  Lucy Dawson Highland Terrier
This rare Shelley Art Deco lamp base in the Mercury shape has just sold on Ebay. Lucy Dawson was a 20C dog illustrator whose illustrations completely focus on the dog with an absence of background. Rarely do her pieces come up for auction. This piece was described as being in very good and clean condition with no chips cracks or crazing, the paintwork all in good order with no fading to the pattern. Five bidders placed a total of nineteen bids - the winner securing with a final bid of £255.00


Wileman Intarsio Miniature longcase clock Wileman Intarsio Miniature Longcase Clock

Halls Fine Art Auctioneers - Shrewsbury featured this clock in their sale on 26 September 2018. Described in the catalogue as' ..circa 1900 Art Nouveau style designed by Frederick Rhead, decorated with a woman blowing dandelions, the script reads "Prithy, What's O'Clock", printed factory marks in black and the numbers '3116' alongside Registration Number, 33.5cm high.' The the piece sold at mid-estimate for £420.00 + commission.


Wileman Faience 'Old Chelsea' Lidded Vase

Wileman twin handled Old Chelsea lidded vase This pretty Wileman two handled vase is decorated in the 'Old Chelsea' design. It attracted three bidders (including one who alone placed twelve of the fourteen bids to secure this piece) when it appeared on Ebay last week. The vase measured 5.5" high x 7" wide and stated to be in generally good condition with gilding and colours very bright and strong. It was noted however, there was a chip to the underside of the lid and a crack across the top of one of the handles. The winning bid - £66.00

(15/09/18) .

Mammouth cup and saucer in Seasons pattern James F Wileman C1885 Aesthetic Oversize 1 Pint+ Cup & Saucer

This rare huge oversize 1.25 pint cup and saucer measuring 5" diameter cup x 4" tall, saucer 8.5" diameter has just sold on Ebay. Known as the 'Mammouth' it is fully marked with the JFW "SEASONS" backstamp (pre Shelley 1869-92) and is in a delightful Aesthetic movement pattern dating it to C1885. Beautiful rare item but also noteworthy for the price it realised - just £1.99! (plus postage £6.75)


Foley Wileman Jardiniere

Wileman jardiniere Moonlight pattern
Another Ebay auction this week involved this rare jardiniere decorated with the Moonlight pattern in shades of orange and brown. Measuring 3.5" in height and 5" square it was stated to be in 'good condition with no chips, cracks, or restoration - just a little wear to the inside paint and a small scratch to one side. Colours are strong and clear'. There were only two bidders for this piece with the winning bid being £30.99. A small sun for such a lovely item.


Floral Chintz Black/Gold Shelley Ripon Cup and Saucer Ripon chintz cup and saucer

This splendid duo came up for sale on Ebay this week. Ripon is one of Shelley's most popular blanks and this set is in a much desired beautiful black background chintz pattern number14196. Twelve bidders placed a total of thirty one bids between them with the winning bidder securing the duo with a final bid of $482.88 (£372.69).


Foley Hand Painted Plates by F Micklewright

Hand painted Wileman plates by F Micklewright These hand painted plates by F Micklewright were listed in a sale by David Duggleby Auctioneers, Scarborough earlier this year. The set consisted of 3 plates depicting a fish, a woodcock and a quail. The fish plate was un-marked but not thought to be a Wileman piece due to the thickness of the china however the other two plates were Wileman backstamped. The set realised a sum of £120 + fees - £149.52 in total - a very reasonable price for Micklewright pieces.

Wileman / Foley Royal Trio

Wileman Royal Ribbons and Bows trio This trio has just sold on Ebay. Described as "a superb tea trio consisting of plate, saucer and cup in the Wileman Foley (early Shelley) Ribbons & Bows pattern, Royal Shape. The decoration shows a hand painted floral garland with raised, almost enamelled, turquoise ribbons and bows. The tea plate is 17.75cms across, the saucer 9.75cms and the cup is 5.5cms high, with a diameter of 9.75 cms.The trio is in perfect condition with no wear to the decoration, whilst the gilding to the edges is almost pristine. The plate and saucer shows the green mark showing " THE FOLEY CHINA" over a crown above the "C W" initials over "ENGLAND", plus the design no. "9656". The tea cup shows the design no. "9656" only. The trio attracted 12 bidders placing 20 bids between them, the winning bid reaching £223.00.

Collection of Shelley Chintz

collection of chintz patterns

A collection of Shelley Chintz cups and saucers in various designs including Marguerite, Countryside, Rock Garden, Melody etc came up for sale in the Potteries Auction on 14/7. Items included three Ripon cups and saucers, three Oleander cups and saucers and an Oleader cup mis-matched with a Ripon saucer. The auctioneers estimate was £60 - £120 but active bidding pushed the final hammer price to £800.00 +fees.


Wileman 3 Sided Clock - Carpe Diem

Wileman 3 sided clock - Carpe Diem

This Foley pottery 'Intarsio' clock, circa 1900, designed by Frederick Rhead, was recently auctioned. Described as having 'a cream circular chapter ring with black Arabic numerals, the case with pitched roof above canted sides, printed and painted with a bright yellow sun above three tall lilies, sailing boats and a banner inscribed 'Carpe Diem', the canted corners with half-length portraits in profile of Art Nouveau maidens above the inscription 'Dies Nox', flanked by further side panels of tall lilies, printed maker's marks and number '3160' to back of case, height 29.5cm'. The estimated sale price was £300 - £600 and the actual figure achieved on the day was £380.00 + fees.


Shelley Maytime Part Tea Service - Circa 1930's - 40's.

Shelley Maytime part Teaset This Shelley Maytime chintz pattern part service came up for sale in the Potteries Auction on 14 July. Comprising tea pot & lid with stand, water jug & lid, milk jug, small sauce boat (small chip to rim) & saucer, small oval platter 25cm, large circular platter 35.5cm. with some pieces bearing original black labels. The original estimate of £70-140 was well exceeded on the day with a final hammer price of £280.00 + fees.


Wileman pastello vase Wileman Pastello Vase

This Wileman vase meassuring 5.5" in height has just sold on Ebay this week. In the Pastello pattern and marked 472 and 3548 on the base this piece was not without damage - a hairline crack to the body and a small chip on the base. Despite this the item interested four bidders who placed a toal of six bids between them. The winning bid was £421.00.


Shelley Dainty Roses Tea for Two Set

Dainty Tea for Two set Rose pattern
This pretty Tea for Two set attracted a lot of interest when it was listed on Ebay recently. In Rose pattern the set comprised teapot, milk jug, underplate, two cups and saucers. The set captiured the attention of 55 people who watched the progress of the auction placing 37 bids between them. The set was finally secured by a winning bid of US$932.00 (£691.86) - a remarkable sum!


Shelley Floral Handled Dainty Cup and Saucer X 2

Blue and yellow floral handled Dainty cup and sauce Pink and yellow floral Handled Dainty cup and saucerOnce again these floral handled variants of Dainty have hit the sweet spot with collectors. In two separate auctions on Ebay these two duos in rare and unusual colourways have pushed the prices ceiling higher for such pieces. The pink variant received 27 bids from 15 bidders the winning bid achieving a sale price of US$ 685.00 (£505.68). The blue piece was similarly contested receiving 25 bids from 14 bidders and a slightly lower sale price of US$668.99 (£493.13).


Shelley Dainty White Chocolate Pot Shelley Dainty White Chocolate Pot

Just sold on Ebay this rare Dainty White Chocolate Pot attracted 5 bidders anxious to acquire this piece. No detailed description given but photos show some crazing around the inner flange on top of the pot and some staining/hairline? around the base on the inside. Generally in very good condition. 2 late bids just before the end of the auction forced the winning bid up to £206.97


Foley Wileman Imari Teaset (A/F)

Foley Wileman Imari teaset for 4 persons This stunning Wileman Imari tea set comprising teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl and 4 cups and saucers sold on Ebay recently. Generally in excellent condition with only minor wear to the pattern ond gilding on the milk jug but sadly the teapot suffered from a crack on top with a small slither missing and also a base crack with slight ingress to the side. Despite this 9 bidders placed 20 bids between them and the set was secured by a winning bid of £237.00


shelley girl advertising figure blue colourwayShelley Girl Advertising Figure

Lyon and Turnbull (Edinburh) featured this Shelley girl advertising figure in their 'Decorative Arts: Design since 1860' auction on 11 April 2018. Described as a 'Shelley Girl Advertising Figure, Circa 1925, modelled as an elegant figure in a blue dress, green Shelley backstamp to underside, 31cm high'. After a promising initial surge, bidding slowed and the item struggled to reach it's final bid of £850.00 + fees.


Shelley Vogue trio in Chevrons Design

shelley vogue trio chevron design
Sold this week on Ebay this stunning Vogue shaped Shelley trio decorated in the Chevrons design.

The cup is 2.5" tall and the matching saucer and plate 5.5" and 6.5" respectively. All items in good condition with no chips cracks or repairs. The ping is described as "bright and strong". Some very minor rubbing to the cup. Backstamped - 'Shelley China England'.

35 People watched this item with 9 of them placing a total of 22 bids. The trio was secured by a final bid of £641.00


Shelley Art Deco Flower Handle Teacup and SaucerShelley queen anne flower handle cup and saucer syringa pattern

This vibrant coloured Queen Anne cup and saucer was recently listed on Ebay. Simply described as 'in excellent condition, no chips crazing or cracks, nice ping'. Backstamped F 2194, Shelley England, Rd. 723404.
61 people were watching the progress of this auction which received a total of 22 bids from 16 different bidders. The winning bid secured this beautiful duo for $566.00 (£403.82)


King George IV Shelley Musical Whisky Jug

Shelley musical whicky jug advertising King George IV whisky

On sale from Australia on Ebay was this musical whisky jug. The seller described it as "a rare Shelley Musical Whisky Jug advertising King George IV whisky. The jug stands 18cm tall and is in stunning working condition".
The winning bidder secured this item for AU$ 360 (£276.14) against competition form 10 other bidders who between them placed 22 bids.


Shelley Miniature Cup and Saucer
Shelley miniature Dainty Green cup and saucer
This miniature cup & saucer by Shelley in the Dainty Green pattern with green trim sold recently. In very good condition. No chips, cracks, crazing. Some light scratches to backside of saucer. Saucer measures 3" in diameter. Cup 1 3/8" high, 1 3/4" diameter at top opening.
14 bidders placed a total of 18 bids between them with the final winning bid reaching a grand figure of $775.43 (£552.77)


Shelley Dainty Floral Handled Cup and Saucer

Shelley Dainty pink floral handled cup and saucerThese floral handled Dainty pieces continue to attract high prices - for the right colourway. This pink duo sold on Ebay for the princely sum of £425.37 probably the highest figure seen in recent times. Described as "Super looking Shelley Art Deco era tea cup and saucer decorated in the pink star pattern with classic Dainty form and signed on the back SHELLEY England Rd.272101... 11993...Ryrie-Birks Ltd Toronto. The cup measures 2.75" tall x 4.5" rim to handle while saucer is 5.75" wide. Set is in excellent clean sound original condition with absolutely no chips, damage loss or repairs. Pings with resonance.....Guaranteed old and authentic." What more could you want?




Shelley Mode 'Butterfly' Tea Service
Shelley Mode Butterfly Wings tea service no.11758
Thomas Watson Auctioneers - Darlington, featured this lot in their Fine Art auction on 27 Febrary. Described as 'a rare Shelley Mode tea service in the Butterfly Wing pattern No. 11758 comprising six cups and saucers,, six tea plates, cream jug, sugar bowl and sandwich plate. A sale price of £1300.00 (+ 24% buyers premium) was realised - short of the pre-sale estimate of £1500 - £2500.


Wileman Foley Basket of Flowers Daisy Shaped Trio

Wileman Basket of Flowers trio Rd115510 and Rd160786

Just sold on Ebay this colourful Daisy shape trio was watched by almost 70 potential bidders. Carrying registration marks 115510 and 160786 the gilding was said to be in very good condition, minor crazing to the side plate, but although no visible trace of hairline to the cup, it lacked the customary ping. 16 bidders placed 20 bids between them, the final bid of £77.00 securing the item.


Wileman Pastello Miniature Jug - Frederick Rhead #3548

Wileman pastello miniature jug by Frederick Rhead no.3548
This wonderful early and rare Shelley Foley Wileman Pastello miniature Jug model # 3548 and designed by Frederick Rhead came up for sale on Ebay this week. Decorated with a house with smoking chimney set in gardens. In good condition, no chips but beak of spout has been reglued but still displays well. Measures 4.25" tall. 11 Bidders were attracted to this item which finally achieved a sale price of £199.00


Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell Figure 'The Curate'
Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell LA4 The Curate

This MLA figure was offered for sale in Tennants Auction in Leyburn on 26 January. Described as "A Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell The Curate Figure, printed factory marks and THE CURATE L.A.4 Copyright 17cm. Paint nick on shoe. Firing blemishes in the black painted areas. Air bubbles. 151117." This cute figure sold for £70.00 plus commission - a very low price.


5 Items of Wileman Intarsio
Five Wileman Intarsio pieces Nos. 3543; 3336;3028;3020;3023
These 5 items of Wileman Intarsio nos. 3543, 3336, 3028, 3020, &3023 were sold as a single lot at Chiswick Auctions on 23 January. A total sale price of £900.00 + 25% commission was achieved.


3 Items of Early Faience
Three items of early Faience

No description available. These 3 early Faience items went under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions on 23 January as a single lot realising a sale price of £480.00 + 25% commission.


Shelley Dainty Floral Handled part Coffee Set
Yellow Dainty floral handled coffee set
This 1930's yellow Dainty porcelain part coffee service, pattern 11993, comprising coffee pot, cream jug, sugar bowl, six cups and saucers was sold for £1100.00 by Golding Young and Meyer in their January Antiques, Fine Art, Silver and Jewellery Auction this month. With an initial estimate of £200 - 300 this item quickly surpassed expectations.


Frederick Rhead Faience Wall Plaque
Frederick Rhead Foley Faience wall plaque of cockerel
This Foley Faience wall plate by Frederick Rhead featured in Roseberys auction this week. The description read "Frederick Rhead, a Foley Faience glazed ceramic wall plate. Printed factory marks, incised 11066A Incised with a cockerel in a ladscape grazing. 30.5cm diameter. Some chips to the glaze on the edges. Some light crazing to the glaze. Some scratches and wear to the reverse." The successful bidder secured this lot for £220.00 + fees.


Foley Faience Yellow Sunflower desk thermometer
Foley Faience Desk Thermometer

This item, although rare, has been found previously as a desk clock. Golding Young and Mawer described it as "A Foley Faience desk thermometer, the case modelled in the form of a sunflower, printed mark in brown to underside, 16cm high." It achieved a sale price of £260.00 in their Lincoln Collective Sale in January.


Rare Antique Foley Wileman & Co Grotesque Jug

Green grotesque jug
Sold on Ebay this week is this unusual green 'Grotesque' jug. Simply described by the seller as "A rare antique Foley Wileman & Co Grotesque jug circa 1900 standing approx 15cm high. It is in good condition with no chips cracks or restoration."
Eight bidders placed a total of seventeen bids with the item finally being secured for the sum of £878.05 .


Shelley Dainty Black cup and saucer
Shelley Dainty Black cup and saucer.

Continuing the 'black' theme, this cup and saucer has just sold on Ebay for $745.00 (£550.57). The seller described the duo as "a rare Shelley china dainty black cup & saucer in excellent condition. No chips or cracks. The cup measures 2 1/2" tall and the saucer measures 5 1/4" in diameter. Both the cup and saucer have the Shelley logo mark on the base. Black is a very scarce color in the dainty line." 10 bidders were attracted to this item.


Shelley footed Oleander black "Summer Glory Chintz" trio #13418/S72

shelley footed oleander trio black Summer Glory chintz
This item recently sold on Ebay was hotly contested. Described as "in excellent condition. No chips, cracks or hairlines. All 3 pieces ring. The cup and saucer are standard size. The luncheon plate is 8" in diameter." 14 bidders fought for this delightful trio placing a total of 30 bids between them. The final winning bid placed in the last minutes of the auction was $227.50 (£170.25)


Shelley 13350 HD Black set for six

Another interesting Ebay lot described as a "Shelley 13350 HP Black set for six with gold green and blue hand painting 1939 Shelley luncheon set for six people - luncheon plate, side plate, cup and saucer, teapot, sugar, creamer and cake plate..28 pieces in all. Pattern No.13550 Black with green and blue painted birds on the pieces except the saucers and the side plates...bird flowers gold gree and blue hand painting. Pre owned but a cabinet piece - in very good condition/ no chips or cracks". Just 3 bidders for this wonderful set but achieved a sale price of £734.50


Jack Heron Collection

BooBoo red unusual colourway

A number of items belonging to the late Jack Heron, former decorating manager at Shelley, went under the hammer at Hawleys Auctioneers, Beverley on 19 November 2017. There are too many items to list on this page but click on this link for a selection of the more interesting lots.


Foley Intarsio Character Toby Jug
Foley Intarsio man playing bagpipes
A lovely old  "The Foley"  Intarsio character Toby Jug modelled as a man playing the bagpipes has just sold on Ebay.  Hand painted in shades of green, brown, cream, blue, yellow and with dark pink for his cheeks and for the decoration on his hat. Marked to base "THE FOLEY INTARSIO ENGLAND" approximately 7 inches high.Excellent condition with just light age related crazing. No chips, cracks or restoration. Sixteen bids were placed by six bidders with the final bid being £255.00


Shelley Dainty Pink Coffee Tea Pot Fine Bone China England

dainty pink coffee pot

Another item which secured an unusually high price on Ebay. This Coffee pot, described as 'a beautiful Shelley "Dainty Pink" fine bone china coffee pot & lid. Made in England. No chips or cracks. Measures 8"H and 8" across from spout to handle' sold for an impressive $810.99 (£614.15). Fourteen separate bidders were attracted to this piece




Wileman Faience grotesque animal in dark blue-greenWileman 'Faience' Grotesque Animal

Grotesque items such as this rarely appear on Ebay. Described as an animal figure measuring five and three quarters of an inch in height, six and a half inches in length, three inches wide, in good condition with two chips to the front legs, a very small chip to the rear leg and a tiny chip underneath the base to one leg, minor age related wear. Eight bidders contested this great item placing a total of fourteen bids between them. The final winning bid came in at £830.50, just eight seconds before the end of the auction.


Wileman Intarsio Small Blue Cat 3321

wileman blue intarsio cat

Another rare item - an Intarsio cat has appeared on Ebay recently. This cat has a blue body decorated with yellow fleur-de-lys, and green glass eyes. It is almost 10" in height. It is said to have no chips cracks or hairlines. With a starting bid of $2250 (£1703.38) three bidders placed four bids in total with the winning bidder securing the item for $4300.05 (£3274.36)


Wileman Intarsio Eygptian Man 3076wileman egyptian man jug

This very unusual piece of Intarsio has just sold on Ebay.  It has an ivory face of an Egyptian man with the body of a duck with three legs. Said to be in great condition with no damage it is 5 1/2" in height and 6" across. With a starting price of $950.00 (£719.21) the item attracted just one bidder who paid the starting price. A great item for someone's collection.


Shelley chintz pattern miniature Westminster shape cup & saucer C.1940+

westminster chintz miniature cup and saucerAnother Ebay auction for a miniature cup and saucer described as - "very rare with stylised flowers and foliage intermingled with trellis on an all over print. Pale green cup interior. Yellow hand painted trim and cup handle. Very unusual pattern. Diameter of cup base 16mm (0.7 inches) / diameter across top 38mm (1.5 inches) / height of cup 29mm (1.1 inches) / diameter of saucer 61mm (2.4 inches). Condition stated as excellent and clean with no chips, cracks, crazing, scratching or rubbing. There is no fading to the pattern and both pieces have an excellent true sound to them when lightly tapped". Nine bidders placed a total of 21 bids with the winning bid being £238.00


pink Shelley Oleander cup & saucer floral pattern Shelley Oleander Teacup and Saucer

This single Oleander cup and saucer in pink Maytime Chintz pattern No 13416 / 59 has just been sold on Ebay for $405.00 (£306.86) plus postage £52.75 (£39.97). The item was stated as "in excellent condition, no chips, cracks or other damage". In all 39 bids were placed from 12 separate bidders


Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell "The Bridegroom" LA6  figurine. C.1937. 

Mabel Lucie Attwell bridegroom figurine On Ebay this week - an original rare hand painted Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell "The Bridegroom" LA6  figurine. C.1937. Designed by the famous children's illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell and signed on the base of the figure. This version of the bridegroom is the more desirable earlier pre-war version. This one is a "1st" quality unlike some of the 2nds which sometimes appear. Dimensions: Height  158mm (6.25 inches).  Excellent and clean with no chips, cracks, crazing, scratches or restoration. 6 bidders placed a total of 16 bids - the winning bid securing the item for £384.00


Antique Wileman - Shelley Tea For Two, Alexandra Shape. C.1886 Wileman Alexandra tea for two set

This Ebay auction was for an early Wileman pre-Shelley tea for two set - cream background decorated with gold & silver flowers on Alexandra shape. The overall condition was stated as very good with no damages,no chips or repairs. "It has been well cared for and does not show any signs of use. The pieces ring well when lightly tapped and show no glaze crazing to the eye, it may be visible under magnification, [considering the age] Gilding in good order,teapot internally clean and un-stained. Only very minor point to mention, there is a small firing flaw on the underside of the teapot".
In all 32 bids were placed between 7 bidders and the winning bid was £431.00.


Wileman Foley Intarsio Lloyd George Caricature Teapot

Wileman Foley Intarsio Lloyd George tea pot

This fine caricature teapot has just sold on Ebay. Described as 'a lovely Wileman Foley Intarsio novelty teapot depicting the great welsh politician & prime minister Lloyd George. Rd No 363131 & Pattern no 3592 to lid, no backstamp on base. Approx 4 3/4 " high.Very good condition - Overall fine crazing, no chips, cracks or restoration'. Only one bidder who secured this item in the closing minutes of the auction, for the opening figure of £295.00


Shelley Princess Shape Tea Set - Poppy Pattern
Shelley tea set Pricess shape with poppy pattern

A Princess shaped tea-set with teapot, pattern number 12226 came up for auction at Boldon Auctions, Tyne & Wear today. It had an estimate of £200 - £400, and sold for the remarkable sum of £3,500. Whilst the Princess shape is unusual, a bid of this magnitude is usually anticipated for example with a similar Vogue set.



Shelley Floral Handled Dainty Trio c1932

Shelley floral handled blue trio c.1932An unusual pattern 11995 in the floral handled Dainty series this blue and pink floral handled trio with pale blue and graduated wash attracted 13 bids from 5 separate bidders on Ebay with a final bid of £321.11 securing the purchase. The Pattern Books show this pattern recorded as introduced in 1932 and consistent with this the trio has the 'Shelley England' backstamp. The item was said to be in "excellent condition, each piece ringing clearly and thus confirming the presence of no hidden hairlines; certainly no chips or cracks nor any scratching, fading, rubbing, crazing, discolouration, etc., and no restoration."


Shelley Vogue Coffee Pot - Yellow Chevron Pattern No.11776/31

Shelley Vogue coffee pot yellow chevron pattern no 11776/31
This Shelley Vogue coffee pot sold on the second time around on Ebay. Originally (inadvertantly) described as " A stunning Shelley Vogue small jug from coffee set. In excellent condition with no damage or restoration" it was offered for sale with a 'Buy it Now' price of £795.00 although a lower unknown price appears to have been accepted. A great purchase for someone.


Wileman Intarsio Shakespeare Twin Handled Vase

Wileman Intarsio Shalespeare Twin Handled Vase

Described as
"...this wonderful & rarest of Vintage Arts & Crafts china consisting of a 22.5cm high footed twin handled vase.And  in remarkable condition with no  cracks , chips  or restoration .And  in the stunning & vibrant Shakespeare Much A Do About Nothing Federick Rhead design dating from 1903", this vase sold on Ebay for £167.00 plus postage. 4 bidders hotly contested for the piece placing 13 bids between them.


Wileman Foley Faience Wall Plaques 1894-1910 (F.A. Rhead)

Frederick Rhead Wall Plaque (1) Frederick Rhead Wall Plaque (2)

These rarely seen and lovely Art Nouveau wall plaques by Fredrick Rhead have just sold separately on Ebay. Each measuring 30 cm in diameter, and bearing the Faience backstamp, plaque (1) attracted 6 bids and was secured by a final bid of £155.55 and plaque (2) attracted 2 bids and sold for £142.00 + £12.00 in each case. Modest amounts considering their rarity.



Vintage Shelley English Lustred Porcelain "Fish" Vase ~ Walter Slater C1920

Walter Slater Fish Vase

On a second listing on Ebay this item attracted a single bidder and sold for £175.00. Described as " A most attractive Early 20th Century Vintage Shelley English Porcelain Vase by leading designer Walter Slater, decorated with a fish swimming amongst waterweed, the sparkling irridescent pale green lustre heightened with gilding.
The underside of the base with printed Maker's Mark in gilt and facsimile signature "Walter Slater" in black script. Height ~ 18cm Year ~ Circa 1920. Excellent condition".


Wileman "Urbato " earthenware shaving mug/ toothbrush holder
wileman urbato toothbrush holder
This rare Wileman & Co."Urbato " earthenware shaving mug/ toothbrush holder from between 1894 - 1910 has just sold on Ebay. Described as "This attractive English pottery stands approximately 6" high and has a wonderful arts and craft sqeeze bag design. The bottom is numbered " A 7059". There is minor crazing along with small bits of finish loss and a chip at the base which is all forgivable considering the rarity of the pattern". Despite its rarity it only attracted one bidder and was secured for a price of C$99.00 (approx £56.00) + postage.