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Noteworthy Lots

(Updated 14/01/18)



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

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 decorationg 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 proice 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.


Eric Slater 'Mikado' Vase

Eric Slater Mikado Vase

A rare and unusual vase came up for auction at Halls of Shrewsbury in their two day sale on the 26th & 27th April. The vase shows a geisha girl holding a lantern with a lantern hanging in a tree and a bridge in the background. Eric Slater called this design ‘Mikado’, it carries the Shelley back stamp and a Walter Slater facsimile signature. A condition report showed a small section of glaze crazing to the hand of the geisha girl. A hairline crack extends for 5.5cm round the bottom of the vase. The vase had an estimate of £600 to £800, it sold for £550 + commission, making a total of £682.


Shelley Floral Handled Teapot

floral handled teapot This lovely Dainty shaped tea pot with floral handle and finial, decorated with flowers and insects with yellow hand painted edging/rims (Pattern No. 2161 has just sold on Ebay.  The teapot was stated as 'in restored condition with a hot water crack part way around the bottom which has been stabilized and professionaly restored on the outside of the teapot so you cannot see but still visible on the inside. The teapot stands approx 5½ inches tall to the top of the finial and measures approx 7½ inches wide from the tip of the spout to the rear of the handle. The item attracted 15 bids, ultimately going to the initial bidder for £280.70 + postage.