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Noteworthy Lots

(Updated 16/11/23)

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

Foley and Davies Collections
Wileman large squat jug
Potteries Auctions at Silverdale showrooms on 9-11 November 2023 included items from the collections of Les and Enid Foley and Ian and Sheila Davies - former members of the UK's Shelley Group. There were too many items of interest to list all in this column however a separate summary of the more significant results can be viewed via this link. The image to the right shows a Wileman large squat vase which sold for £1400.00 - well above estimate.


Shelley Eve Lemonade Set

Eve Lemonade set
This 'Eve' lemonade set comprising jug and six tumblers was listed in Barsby's NSW October Antiques and Collectibles Sale on 22 October 2023. Estimated at AUD 80-130 bidding was slow and the set failed to reach the lower estimate, selling for just AUD60.00 (£31.23)- a bargain for the high bidder.


Wileman Dainty Kettle Handled Teapot Rd.272101

Dainty kettle handled teapot. One of the less commonly found Dainty tea pots was sold on Ebay this week. The seller's description read:- "An extremely rare Wileman Foley China Shelley Dainty White Kettle teapot. C.1896.Plain white ground. The back stamp is the 1895-1910 mark. Dimensions: base 65mm (2.5 inches) x 87mm (3.5 inches) / distance from tip of spout to edge of handle 215mm (8.5 inches) / height to top of finial on lid 135mm (5.3 inches) / height to top of handle 190mm (7.5 inches)Condition: The body of the teapot has several fine hairlines and there are a couple of more visible cracks located at the bottom of the spout. There is a fleabite chip on the tip of the spout otherwise no other chips. The lid has all over micro-crazing which gives it a slightly off white look to it.  Otherwise the teapot has a good clean look to it and does display very well. Despite the various condition issues the teapot still retains a bit of a sound to it when lightly tapped. A really rare find". Four bidders competed for this piece which sold finally for £94.89.


Suffrage Intarsio Teapot 3595
3595 Suffrage Supporter Navy blue
This satirical teapot was auctioned by Bonhams, Knightsbridge in their 'Votes for Women - The Lesley Mees Collection' on 22 September 2023. Wileman/Shelley made several tea and coffee pots depicting political and contempory figures. This rare example is thought to depict Lydia Becker (1827-90) the most prominent campaigner for women's suffrage in the nineteenth century. The catalogue entry read "Frederick Rhead for Foley 'Intarsio' teapot, in the form of a suffrage supporter, wearing a long navy blue coat, red waistcoat and a 'Votes for Women' badge on her label, a leaflet sticking out of her pocket, the head forming the lid, 'Intarsio' England marks, painted number 3595 inside lid, 180mm. high, England, [c.1900]". The piece sold for £1536.00 inc. fees."


Wileman & Co - Graduated Jugs - Pattern No.7015

Wileman graduated jugs Potteries Auctions - Silverdale listed these Wileman graduated jugs in their online auction of 20th Century Pottery Collectables & Jewellery on 8 September 2023. The catalogue described them as: "Wileman & Co gradulated jugs, pattern 7015. Heights 19cm, 16.5cm, 15cm (3)". Estimated at £20-40 there were only three bidders and the hammer fell at £25.00 plus fees. A disappointing figure despite being within estimate.


Shelley Moorcroft Style Pomegranate Fruit Footed Bowl
Shelley_Moorcroft_Style_Footed_Bowl Pomegranate.jpg

This piece appeared on recently listed as a 'Buy it Now' item for US$350.00 (£278.78) on 24 August 2023.The description read: - "Antique Shelley with Moorcroft manner pomegranate fruit footed bowl very Rare. Very good condition without damages. Diameter 7 1/8" Height 3 3/8". The piece sold on 3 September 2023 for the listed price.


Unusual and Rare Shelley Pedestal Dish (? Wine Bottle Holder)

Shelley Pedestal Dish
This unusual item appeared on Ebay recentlylisted at a starting price of £25.00. THe description read:- 'An unusual and rare Shelley Foley White Pestal Dish, ruffled edges, stamped to base.Measures 7.5" x 4.375" x 4.25" tall. In good condition, no chips has a small repair to one corner, some crazing A fine unusual addition to any collection". Four bidders placed a total of seventeen bids between them with the winning bid reaching £273.00.


Shelley Ludlow Black and Gold Cup and Saucer P/No. 13260

Shelley Ludlow Black and Gold cup and saucer
This elegant cup and saucer came up for sale on Ebay recently. Described as :- '...... Beautiful shiny gold and black porcelain panels with gold handle. This Shelley set is so artistic and cute it makes you smile. Cup is 2 1/4" tall and saucer 5 5/8" wide, Backstamp 'Fine Bone China, Shelley, England, 1940 - 1966'. Condition - Excellent vintage with no chips cracks or flaws...'.It was listed at US$280.00 (£224.62) but a 'Best offer' of unknown amount was accepted.


Wileman Foley Faience Charger
Wileman Faience Charger
This charger came up for auction in Barsby's NSW - 'Antiques and Collectables' sale on 16 July 2023. The catalogue descrption read:- "Wileman Art Nouveau Foley 'Faience' charger. Hand painted figural decoration, to centre, marked to base and Reg No. 330300, circa 1900, (diameter 36 cm. approx). With an estimate of AU$150.00 - 250.00 bidding was swift with the final hammer price reaching AU$700.00.


Wileman Foley Intarsio Coffee Pot - Lord Salisbury No.330304

Lord Salisbury charicature coffee pot

This rare Wileman Foley Iintarsio Coffee Pot p/n 330304 is a political caricature of Lord Salisbury. You do see several political caricature Teapots come up for sale but you very rarely see the coffee pots come to the market. This is a lovely piece, in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration.It measures 7 1/2” inches or 19cm high. Circa 1910s. This one was listed on Ebay where it sold this week for the 'Buy it Now' price of £850.00.


Wileman Japan Teapot with Stand No. 3476Wileman Japan teapot with stand - 3476

This interesting teapot appeared on Ebay recently. The description read - "Antique Wileman & Co Shelley Japan - 3476 teapot with stand. Pot height 18.5cm. Length - handle to spout 22cm. Stand 17.5cm. Some light wear to the gild in places and some light staining on the base and lid. Otherwise in very good condition. No chips or cracks."

The piece sold for a 'Buy it Now' price of £995.00.


Shelley 'Countyside Chintz' Miniature Cup and Saucer No.13690 C.1945-66.

Miniature Shelley  countryside chintz cup and saucer Some miniature pieces continue to attract high prices on Ebay. This chintz cup and saucer sold for US$400.00 (£320.00) recently. Described as - 'A rare Shelley fine bone china Canterbury shape miniature tea cup & saucer in the CountrySide chintz pattern No.13690 with pale green trim. The cup is
1 5/8" tall & 1 1/2" in diameter; the sauce is 3" in diameter.  Both items are in very good condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. Both have the Shelley mark in green. This Shelley mark was used from 1945 - 1966'. Seven bidders placed Sixteen bids between them to acquire this piece.


Wileman & Co Pattern Book
Wileman & Co pattern book
Once in a while a truly rare item appears at auction, in this case at Adam Partridge Macclesfield salesroom. Described in the catalogue as "Wileman & Co (Shelley); an early 20th century pattern book enclosing one hundred and forty-six watercolour designs with annotations for colours, various shapes and items including many vases. The pages measure 32.5cm x 24.5 cm. There are 150 sides of designs and 174 page sides which are blank mostly to the end. The binding is in very poor condition. Pages rounded at the corners and grubby at edges". After an initial flurry of bids there were only two main bidders, the winning bid coming from the Shelley Group (for an undisclosed amount)


Shelley 'Bubbles' Pattern 11182 Coffee Pot

Shelley 'Bubbles' coffe pot 11182
This Shelley Mocha Shape "Bubbles" pattern 11182 coffee pot attracted the interest of three bidders when it appeared on Ebay recently. The description read "...........This is an extremely rare Coffee Pot in the absolutely stunning pattern known as ‘Bubbles”.The Shelley Bubbles pattern dates between 1921 and 1926. The colours of yellow, blue and white are superb. There are no chips, cracks or crazing to the Coffee Pot itself - the spout is perfect as is the handle and the outside of the lid. There are a couple of chips to the inside of the lid however this is clearly not visible once in place.The pot measures approximately 7.5 inches tall and from the tip of the spout to the handle approximately 6.5” across." The three bidders placed 14 bids between them to secure this piece which finally reached a price of £310.00.


Shelley Queen Anne Teaset - 33 Pieces
Shelley Queen Anne burnt orange tea set
This Queen Anne teaset attracted a lot of interest when it appeared on Ebay recently. Described simply as a "thirty three piece Shelley England Bone China Tea Set - 10 cups, 10 saucers, 10 side plates, 1 sandwich/serving plate, 1 sugar basin, 1 milk jug - never used, family heirloom." Photographs showed pattern no. 11657/48 -(gold vine and trellis print on orange ground). Starting at just £0.99, 11 bidders placed a further 26 bids to take the final sale price to £520.00.


Wileman Intarsio Pedestal & Base

wileman intarsio pedestal

This magnificent Wileman Intarsio pedestal and base (minus jardiniere) came up for sale at Litchfield Auctions, Connecticut, USA. on 25 April 2023. The catalogue description read simply:- "English ceramic pedestal and base marked 'Wileman & Co' - 26.5 inches high". Estimated at US$80.00 -120.00 the item failed to attract much attention and a hammer price of just US$40.00 plus fees was achieved. An absolute bargain for someone!


7 Shelley Tropical Fish Coffee Cans & Saucers for Rowland Ward Kenya Nairobi

Rowland Ward tropical fish Listed on Ebay recently are these 7 Shelley Tropical Fish Coffee Cans & Saucers for Rowland Ward Kenya Nairobi. Produced in the 1940's they are becoming difficult to find. They are in as new condition no chips, cracks, crazing or restoration. Measurements are cups 6cm tall by 5cm diameter, the saucers are just under 12cm diameter. The cups and the saucers are fully marked on the under sides. They were quickly snapped up for a 'Buy it Now' price of £175.00.


Wileman & Co Foley Faience Vase

Wileman & Co Faience vase
This Faience vase caught the eyes of two collectors when it appeared on Ebay recently. The description was rather brief - "...stands 7” high by 6” across base and 1.25” across top. The backstamp reads the foley “faience” England. I believe this pre dates Shelley. There is some light crazing on the base of the pot...... The leaf pattern is a raised design". The ground colour is common to others but Its scarcity is that it is very skilfully tube lined and the centre of the leaves have tiny, raised dots. This decoration has not been seen before on other Faience pieces. Tube lined ware was manufactured by Wileman, with its Urbato ware, dating from approximately the same period but in a different style. The winning bid was £52.72.


Early Wileman Fairy Trio, Panelled Decoration Turquoise Enamel
Wileman Fairy trio blue enamel panels
This early Wileman trio was hotly contested when it sold on Ebay this week. Described as "..Early Shelley Foley Wileman Trio in Panelled Decoration pattern #6061. Decorated with gold gild and turquoise blue enamelled decoration on panels in the form of flowers. Rare pattern. Cup measures 3.5" dia, saucer measures 5.5" dia, plate measures 7.0" dia. Circa 1872-1890." Twenty one bids were placed by six bidders with the winning bid reaching £225.00.


Shelley China 'Bubbles' Pattern Cabaret Tea Set c.1925

Shelley china bubbles cabaret tea set This set appeared in Cheffins Art and Design sale at Cmbridge on 23 February. The bcatalogue described it as follows - "Art deco Shelley China 'Bubbles' pattern batchelor's tea set circa 1925, pattern no.11182, to include two tea cups and saucers, teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl and an oval serving tray, printed and painted marks to underside. The tray36cm wide. There is a hairline crack (stained) to the inner rim of the teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl also cracked, other pieces in good condition, noting some scuffs and wear". The hammer price realised was £260.00 plus fees.


Wileman Fola Candle Lamp
Wileman Foley Fola candle lamp
Making an appearance at Eastbourne Auctions 'Antiques Collectables and General Sale' on 15 February was this Wileman candle lamp. The catalogue description read - "Foley Wileman vVictorian aethestic Fola bamboo design candlestick - 19cm high". Although missing its shade the piece apeared in good condition. Bidding progressed quickly and the final hammer price reached £75.00 plus fees.


Wileman Foley Pink Dolly Varden Cabaret Tray - c1890

Dolly Varden pink cabaret tray
This rare Wileman Foley pink Dolly Varden cabaret tray has just sold on Ebay. Described as " Lovely condition for its age, with no cracks or chips. Marked to base with number. Dolly Varden pink pattern. Some crazing and wear from age, edge gilding faded in some areas, but this is a beautiful piece in lovely condition. Almost 40cm at longest length and 32cm width, lovely floral shape, boldly coloured in pink. Early Shelley piece. Footed tray, serving tray, tea tray". Listed as a 'Buy it Now' item, a best offer price of £310.00 was accepted by the seller.


Wileman Foley 3 handled jug with queen of hearts
Wileman Foley Waisted Cylindrical 3 Handled Vase

Bamfords (Bakewell) Country Home Interiors and Collectors Auction on 25 January 2023 contained two pieces of interest. The first, this waisted vase with three spur feet, by Frederick Rhead printed with the Queen of Hearts - 16.5 cm high, printed mark, pattern no. 3737. The sale price achieved on the day was £150.00 plus fees.


Shelley (Late Foley) Match Striker and Holder

Shelley (Late Foley) White Horse match striker

The second piece in the same sale was this Shelley (Late Foley) advertising match striker and holder for White Horse Whisky, the lower textured half in white with a White Horse blue collar. Backstamped Rd.384295 the striker measured 11.0 cm in diameter. A hammer price of £30.00 plus fees was realised.


Shelley 'Art Deco' Tazza Fruit Bowl, 'Jazz Circles' Pattern No.8462
Shelley tazza fruiyt bowl jazz circles pattern no 8462
This stylish Shelley bowl decorated in the Jazz Circles 8462 pattern against a black ground sold on Ebay this week. The description included "....The backstamp indicates it was made between 1910 and 1925. It certainly screams Art Deco, especially with the bold yellow exterior. It is fully marked to the base 'Made In England. Shelley. 509, 8462' and measures 8 inches in diameter by 7 inches tall. It is in great condition". Listed as a 'Buy it Now' item at £300.00, the seller accepted a best offer (unknown) below this amount.


Wileman Bouillon Shell shape Cup & Saucer

Wileman Shell shape bouillon cup and saucer
This 1890 Mid Era Wileman (pre-Shelley) Shell Shape Double Handle Bouillon Cup & Saucer - Pattern #4776, RN 150035 sold on Ebay on 7 January 2023. Shelley Collector’s registration database logs this as an 1890 production. 3.5” in diameter, 5” from handle to handle. 2.25” tall. Saucer is 5.63” in diameter. Described as being in "stunning condition! Minimal gold loss. Some scratching present to the glaze surface. The set has been meticulously checked and there are no cracks, chips, or repairs present. There are a few glazing flaws around the handles of the cup. Sold as is!". A best offer based on an original listing price of £290.54 was accepted.


Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell Little Girl with her Dog
Mabel Lucie Attwell little girl with her dog figurine

Just sold on Ebay on a 'Buy it Now' listing is this cute Mabel Lucie Attwell figurine. Described as "Mabel Lucie Attwell, Child and her Dog - it is in excellent condition and has the Shelley backstamp. The small statue is in excellent condition with no chips cracks or scuff marks. Although it is not marked on the foot with MBA it has the Shelley monogram underneath". The piece sold for £295.00.


Shelley Lustre Vase by Walter Slater

Shelley lustre fish vase by Walter Slater

This turquoise and cream lustre vase with fish pattern by Walter Slater came up for auction at Whitton and Laing's Exeter sale on 2 December 2022. Described as 'Shelley Lustre Fish Vase - 10" high' - on the day it reached a hammer price of £50.00 plus fees.
UPDATE - Although the original catalogue description made no reference to any damage, a subsequent condition report revealed a 50mm V shaped crack from the rim.


Wileman Foley Faience Mustard Potted Bowl
Wileman The Foley Faience mustard pitted bowl
This unusual bowl appeared on Ebay recently. Listed on a 'But it Now' basis with a price tag of £355.00 this piece was snapped up quickly. The description read - "An interesting fruit bowl, has a stunning decoration, a mustard colour on the inside a slip glaaze and the outside is all pitted with a dark glaze. It is a typical art pottery piece, it is in excellent condition. The bowl is 6.5cm high X 19 across. Has a Wileman Foleybackstamp with the pattern number 11025. A real must have piece".


Shelley Art Deco Eve Teapot - Sunway

Shelley Eve Teapot - Sunway green

This piece appeared on Ebay with minimal description and a starting price of £250.00. It is a Shelley Eve teapot Rd.756533 in Sunray - Green pattern No. 11797. The photos of the underside show the usual Shelley cartouche for 1925-45 and in addition "Lawleys, Est. Philips 1760, Regent St".The condition was stated as good. Ten bidders placed a total of five bids between them with the winning bid reaching £1,120.00.


Wileman & Co. Foley Jardiniere Stand
Wileman & Co jardiniere stand

Fieldings Auctioneer's 'Decades of Design' sale on 20 October featured this splendid jardiniere stand. The catalogue description read:-"In the manner of Frederick Rhead - Wileman & Co Foley - A large late 19th to early 20th Century Aesthetic jardiniere stand decorated with cranes flying towards the sun with water lily beneath, printed mark, height 72cm, S/D." The auctioneers estimate was placed at £120-150 but bidding was brisk and the hammer eventually fell at £360.00.


Shelley Yellow Dainty Floral Handled Coffee Pot C.1932

Shelley yellow Dainty floral handled coffee pot

This floral handled coffee pot caused quite a stir when it appeared on Ebay last week. We are used to seeing similar handled cups quite frquently and they usually attractd a good price when sold, but this piece turned out to be even more desirable. Listed as pattern no. 11993/31 in excellent pristine condition with no chips, cracks, crazing, scratching, rubbing or any sign of wear whatsoever. Height to top of finial 7.5". Thirteen bidders placed a total of twenty three bids, the final bid reaching £1019.99.


Wileman Foley Intarsio Jar and Cover
Wileman Intarsio pot and cover - 3055 Bluebells
This previously unseen Intarsio jar appeared in Golding and Young's Grantham auction on 5 October 2022. The catalogue description read - "A Wileman and Co. Foley Intarsio jar and cover, decorated with bluebells against a dark blue ground, with brown highlights, pattern number 3055, printed marks, 13cm high." The condition report suggested substantial restoration but despite this the piece sold over estimate (£80-120) with the hammer falling at £160.00 (plus fees)


Wileman Dolly Varden Tea for Two Cabaret Set

Wileman tea for two sey in pale blue Dolly Varden pattern
This lovely tea for two cabaret set in pale blue Dolly Varden pattern has just sold on Ebay for £950.00. The set comprised teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, two cups and saucers and a cabaret tray. All items were stated as in remarkable condition for age, with no chips or cracks apart from the tray which had a minor chip repair. Backstamped Wileman with the pattern number 3750 handwritten in gilt, and Rd.number 60650 for the shape, this set was snapped up quickly after listing.


Shelley Art Deco Queen Anne Tea for Two Pattern No. 11577/3 Fruit Border
Queen Anne Tea for Two set in yellow with fruit border
This listing of a Queen Anne tea for two set attracted a lot of interest when it appeared on Ebay recently. The set was complete apart from a sugar bowl and the desription noted that there was... "no damage, just a few marks which may well have always been there, on the handle of the pot and inside the milk jug. This is the "Morning" version of Tea for Two as it has the rare and wonderful small plate just 12 cm across, much smaller than the saucers. The tea pot has a capacity of one pint and is a maximum of 23cm wide and 12cm high. The tea cups are 7cm high, larger than the dinky milk jug which is 5cm high and the saucers are 12cm across". 28 bids were placed by 13 bidders with the winning bid reaching £380.00 


Shelley Dainty Blue Egg Cups

4 Dainty Blue Egg Cups Another interesting listing has just sold on Ebay this week for an undisclosed price. The items were described as 3 single Dainty Blue egg cups - not quite what the image shows! The items were listed at a 'Buy it Now' price of US $1000 with postage and UK import charges of approx US $375 in addition, bringing the total to US $1375 (£1186.42). Unfortunately we will never know the actual price as the seller acceoted a 'Best offer price'.


Shelley Dainty Flower Handled Coffee Pot 'Cornflower'
Shelley flower handled coffee pot - cornflower
On 13 August this piece was purchased on Ebay on a 'Buy it now' listing. Described by the seller as " Shelley CORN FLOWER HANDLE DAINTY Coffee Pot. Very rare and desirable flower handle to handle and lid. Shelley Rd.272101 which was first registered around C1896. Measures 16cm in height plus the lid. Condition - Excellent and without damage, chips, restoration or any tinkering - The lid and lugs are excellent too - Spout is excellent - Stamped to base". Originally listed at £395.00, an unknown Best Offer price was accepted.


Wileman Empire Tea Set 208329.

Empire tea set
This fabulous Empire tea set sold on Ebay this week.The item was described simply as - "Wileman Foley pre-Shelley lovely set. Number on bottom of set is 208329". Despite the lack of detail, seven bidders clamoured to obtain the set placing twenty nine bids between them. The final bid was £611.00 placed by the opening and eventual winning bidder. A nice little set.


Summer Glory - Tea for One Set

a tea for one set in Summer Glory
This tea for one set has just sold on Ebay last week. Described simply as " a tea for one set by Shelley in the Summer Glory pattern", the set attracted some interest. Five bidders competed placing thirteen bids between them. The winning bid reached £334.00. A nice little set.


White Dainty Floral Handled Teapot

White Dainty floral handled teapot

This plain white Dainty teapot with floral handle came up for sale on 14 May. The description read.. "a stunning and scarce Shelley Fine Bone China Dainty Teapot ~ White ~ Embossed Pattern and Florals ~ 272101 ~ Scalloped Edge ~ Approx 3/4 Pint ~Made by the Famous Maker in Staffordshire, England. Measurements Approx:  21 cms from Spout End to Handle End; 11.5 cms High. I cannot see any chips or cracks or casing, just a great piece of ware." Six bidders were interested in this piece and a total of 13 bids were placed - the winning bid reaching £331.11 in the closing seconds of the auction.


Wileman Foley Cabaret Tea Set 1887
Wileman Alexandra cabaret set
This cabaret set in the popular Alexandra design, consisting of a cabaret tray, 4 cups, 4 saucers , teapot, sugar bowl, and milk jug, was sold on Ebay this week. This design using blue and red and some gilding was registered as pattern number 88523 in 1887. Stated as being in 'amazing condition' the set did have some minor rubbing to gilding and a small chip on the inside of the teapot. Eight bidders competed to secure this for their collection with the final bid being £264.09.


Foley Wileman Intarsio Vase Swans

Foley Wileman Intarsio vase swans

This Intarsio vase pattern number 3110 appeared on Ebay this week. Described simply as "Foley Wileman Intarsio Vase as shown 13 cm  tall and in excellent condition ,vibrant colours and  no damage, super little vase" - it attracted a fair amount of interest. Eight bidders placed a total of twelve bids between them with the winning bid reaching £322.00.


Rare Art Nouveau pair of Wileman Foley Faience Urns 30cm 'Old Chelsea'Pair of Old Chelsea Faience urns

This splendid pair of Faience urns was listed on Ebay as a 'Buy it Now' option for £655.00. The very simple description read - "Rare Art Nouveau pair Wileman Co Foley Faience urns 30cm Old Chelsea. There is a repair to one of the urns ...(photos supplied)....but still stunning. Despite the damage the pairwere snapped up quickly.


Wileman Late Foley Intarsio Urn and Cover 3570

Wileman Intarsio Urn and cover This piece was sold on Ebay on 3 April. Described as " a stunning piece of early pottery resembles a lamp with twin handles. Painted in a typical Art Nouveau design in shades of blue , brown, green, purple, yellow and maroon with twin handles in brown. The urn has a narrow neck with finial shaped cover in brown, green and yellow. Measures 22.8 cm from handle to handle. 18cm to top of cover. The base of the urn carries the Shelley 'Late Foley backstamp and the number 3570. Great provenance from a private collection." Two bidders competed for this piece which finally sold for £302.00.


Wileman Intarsio Figure - Lord Salisbury
Wileman Intarsio Figure of Lord Salisbury

This Intarsio figure appeared in Anderson and Garland's Home and Interiors Auction on 5 April 2022. Described in the catalogue as "An early 20th Century Foley 'Intarsio' novelty political character coffee pot, depicting the Marquis of Salisbury, printed marks to underside RD no. 330304, 18.5cms high (damages)". Bidding opened at £25 and increased slowly to £95.00 +fees. Not a high price considering the scarcity of these charcter coffee pots.


Shelley Vogue 11771 Horn of Flowers tea trio - wonderfully rare

Shelley Vogue pattern no. 11771 Horn of Flowers

This Vogue trio has just sold on Ebay for a 'Buy it Now' price of AU$1349.00 (£769.40). Described as "a very nice, rare, excellent condition, Shelley Vogue 11771 Horn of Flowers tea trio. All pieces ping beautifully, and the colours are good and strong. These sets were produced fairly early in the Vogue production, the early 1930's and did not continue for too long. Of the 3 colours for Horn of Flowers, this is certainly the rarest, probably the prettiest, and quite difficult to get. Few typical factory marks, and maybe one or two very minor, small scratches as occurs on these types of colours, displays beautifully."


Wileman & Co. Intarsio lidded vase: Pattern no 3248
Wileman Intarsio lidded vase green cranes

This Intarsio lidded vase came up for auction in the three day Potteries Auction on 12 March 2022. The catalogue listing described the piece as: 'Wileman & Co. Intarsio lidded vase: Pattern no 3248, cranes on a green ground, height 29.5cm'. The estimate was placed between £300 - 600 but on the day the hammer fell at £750.00 plus fees - a good result.


Shelley Tall Trees Sunrise Muffin Dish

Shelley Tall Trees Sunrise muffin dish
This rare muffin dish sold on Ebay on a 'Buy it Now' listing for £500.00. The description read: ".. a stunning Shelley muffin dish from the Art Deco period. It is in the ever desirable Tall Trees & Sunrise. It is decorated with a countryside scene with the sun rising between stylised trees with a field and gate in the foreground that extends over the lid. The design is coloured in yellow, black and grey. The rims and handle are highlighted in yellow. This design of this piece is so evocative of the Art Deco period, dating from the 1930s. 

The dish is in great condition. It has no chips, cracks or repairs. The pattern is fine and bright, with some rubbing or pattern loss to small areas. It is marked on the base with the Shelley England mark & the numbers 11278. There are some firing, age & usage marks which is common in ceramics of this age.The approximate measurements are:Base: 20.5cm diameter, Lid: 16cm diameter."


Yellow Shelley Girl
Yellow Shelley Advertising Girl

Somewhat like London Buses we wait a while for these advertising figues to come along and then two appear in quick succession. Whilst the Paisley colourway is always the favourite and commands the higher prices others still attract a lot of interest. This one turned up at Windsor Auctions today carrying an estimate of just £20 - 40.00. This was quickly surpassed when bidding opened and the hammer fell at £950.00 (plus fees).


Shelley China Dainty Black & Gold Star Flower Harlequin Cup & Saucer

Shelley Dainty cup and saucer in black and gold alternating panels
This striking Dainty cup and saucer in black and gold alternating panels attracted considerable interest when it appeared on Ebay. The description read " Rare Shelley China Dainty black and gold star flower Harlequin cup and saucer.......The cup is 2 1/4" tall and the saucer is 5 5/8" wide....No chips / cracks / or repairs". Eleven bidders placed fifty one bids between them with the winning bidder securing this wonderful duo for US$273.00 (£202.33).


Late Foley Intarsio Clock Case
Late Foley Intarsio clock case
This Intarsio clock case appeared on Ebay recently. Described as "This very rare Shelley Intarsio clock case is decorated in an abstract design by Walter Slater. It is 10.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches across. It is generally in good condition but has had professional restoration to the top and the base which has been well done. The design is bright and strong. It has the original clock movement but it is not known if it is working as it lacks the winder. Marked on the back with the Late Foley mark." Advertised as a 'Buy it Now' item with a price tag of £545.00, the seller accepted an unknown 'Best Offer' price. An interesting piece.


Wileman Foley Intarsio Comport

Wileman Foley Intarsio comport

This stunning comport designed by Frederick Rhead appeared in Mellors and Kirk Nottingham auction on 11 January 2022. Described as "A Wileman & Co Foley "Intarsio" comport, designed by Frederick Rhead c1895-1900, printed and painted with a band of fish, 18cm high, printed mark, "Intarsio", Rd No 330286 and 3388. Good condition, no restoration. Plenty of interest shown in this item with the hammer falling at £350.00 (plus fees).


Shelley China Queen Anne Pattern 11512/1 3-Piece Tea Pink & Black Set
Shelley Queen Anne trio pattern 11512-1 3 piece tea pink/black set
This unusual colourway Queen Anne trio came up for auction on Ebay this week. Although listed as an auction item the starting price of £552.99 resulted in just one person prepared to bid. The item had minimal description save for the condition report which stated: "some marks to the underside on the table touching rim as expected."


Shelley China Shop Doormat

Shelley doormat
There will not be many collectors out there who have one of these in their collection so when this one appeared on Ebay it might have attracted more attention. However with a starting price of £249.00 there were only two potential buyers interested. The opening bid was placed just minutes after the item was listed on 5 December but this was beaten by a last minute bid of £254.00 just seconds before the auction ended. Will anyone be allowed to wipe their feet on it - probably not!


Foley Intarsio Salad Bowl and Servers
Intarsio salad dish and servers
Appearing in Hawleys Auctioneers and Valuers Antiques and Fine Art sale at Beverley on 5 December 2021, was this Foley Intarsio salad dish and serving spoons. Together with five other items (3 Hornsea Pottery lidded jars, a Hornsea parsley dish and an 'unknown' vase), the lot was estimated at £40-60. The condition report stated - "Salad bowl with cracks and repair, servers in good condition with signs of wear to the metal, small chip to base of vase and crackle to glaze. Others in good used condition". Once again bidding was swift and a hammer price of £320.00 (plus fees) achieved.


Shelley Part Pink and White Dainty Breakfast Set 

Pink and white Dainty part breakfast set This part breakfast set comprising a muffin dish, tea pot, coffee pot, hot water jug, sugar bowl, milk jug, egg cup, tea cup, saucer and two tea plates, went on sale at Wessex Auction Rooms on 27 November 2021. In the pink and white panels pattern but without floral handle, this part set was estimated at £30.00 - £40.00. Generally, condition was good but the tea cup had a bad hairline crack. Despite this bidding was swift and the hammer price rose quickly to reach £750.00 (plus fees). A popular lot.


Light Green Shelley Girl Shelley girl light green

Always of interest this 'Shelley Girl' appeared in the Potteries Auction 3 Day Sale 11 - 13 November 2021. Described in the catalogue as a "Shelley Art Deco figure of a seated lady with tea cup in orange and light green colourway, height 31 cm. Small chip to base edge". Although not the most popular colourway, the original estimate of £200-400.00 was quickly exceeded as two buyers competed against each other to raise the final hammer price to £1700.00 + fees.


Mabel Lucie Attwell Mug with Roden Stirling Handle

Mabel Lucie Attwell childrens mug with Roden silver handleThis childrens mug by Mabel Lucie Attwell is not often seen with a silver rim and handle. However such an item appeared in Richard Winterton Auctioneer's Lichfield sale on 25 October 2021. The catalogue description read.." Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell drinking mug with Roden sterling silver handle and bands to rims, Roden foil sticker to side of mug, transfer printed girl with doll and Boo Boos decoration (Condition report :good)". Bidding was brisk and a hammer price of £240.00 + fees was achieved.


Wileman Intarsio Arts and Crafts 'Medieval' Vase
Frederick Rhead 'medieval vase' arts and crafts

Appearing on Ebay last month was this wonderful Frederick Rhead vase. Described as "this wonderful and rarest of vintage Intarsio consisting of a stunning Persian shaped 29.5 cm high mega rare vase. In remarkable condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Just fabulous and in the stunning, vibrant and rarely seen Medieval ladies 1902 design ". This piece attracted seven bidders who placed nine bids in all with the final sale price reaching £355.50.


Hilda Cowham - Three Piece Nursery Tea Set

Hilda Cowham 3 piece nursery set This novelty childrens set appeared in Lacy Scott & Knight's Twentieth Century Art & Design Auction on 19 September 2021. Although the individual pieces are not uncommon, it is unusual to find the complete set together and undamaged. As may have been expected, bidding was swift and the final hammer price of £520.00 (+ 33% fees and VAT) was above the auctioneers estimate of £300 - £500. A nice addition to someones collection.


Shelley - Dainty Lily of the Valley Coffee Pot Creamer, Sugar, Tray
Dainty Lily of the valley coffee pot set
This Dainty coffee pot set in New York was listed recently on as a 'Buy it Now' item. Simply described as a "Very rare, mint condition, near flawless, Shelley fine china porcelain Dainty coffee/tea pot sugar creamer set". The seller paid the asking price of $2400.00 less 10% discount ($2160 or £1557.09). Wow!


Wileman Intarsio Watsons Scotch Whisky Flask - Frederick Rhead c.1903

Watsons whiskey flask

This rare antique stoneware flask advertising Watsons Scotch made by Wileman circa 1900 has recently sold on Ebay. Stated as in very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and importantly retaining its original cork stopper. Approximate height 10.5 inches. The sale price reached £360.00 after five bidders had competed placing seven bids in all.


Wileman Foley Intarsio Clock
Foley Intarsio Clock 'Keep Time'
This lot appeared in Wooley and Wallis' Arts and Crafts Sale at Salisbury on 24 August 2021. Described in the catalogue as 'A Foley Intarsio mantel clock 'Keep Time' designed by Frederick Rhead, model no.3331, printed and painted in colours with a medieval musician playing a horn, circular dial with Arabic numerals, printed factory mark, painted inscription to reverse, DRC paper label and Loan 33 paper label 28cm. high'. Estimated at £150-200 bidding was brisk and a final hammer price of £450.00. + fees was realised.


Wileman Intarsio Shakespeare Bowl

Wileman Intarsio Shakespeare Bowl
This stunning Wileman Foley Intarsio bowl features the Shakespeare play 'Much About Nothing'. It is 10 inches in diameter, in excellent condition with no chips cracks or repairs, and rings well when struck. The pattern and design are very bright and strong - it is marked on the base with the Foley Wileman Intarsio mark and Pattern No. 3502. It was listed recently on Ebay on a 'Buy it Now' basis and was quickly snapped up for the price of £325.00. A nice piece.


Shelley Dainty 'Wild Flowers' - Tea for Two Set

Shelley Dainty Wild Flowers tea for two set
Another Ebay listing featured this pretty Shelley tea for two set in Wild Flower pattern and pink trim. The condition report read "All the pieces are in good condition, the teapot is lovely and clean with virtually no signs of use. All the pieces ring when tapped, one cup has a fine hairline, but still rings well. Teapot measures 5.00 x 7.75 inches, 1 x milk jug, 1 x sugar bowl, 2 x cups 2.25 inches, 2 x saucers 5.75 inches, 2 x side plates 4.50 inches". The set attracted fifteen bidders who between them plased thirty seven bids, the winning bid reaching £340.00.


Wileman Alexandra Pattern 4160 - 6 Trios and Cake Plate

Wileman Alexandra Blue trio 4160 This Wileman set was listed on Ebay recently on a 'Buy it Now' basis and reserved by a customer almost immediately. Described as ' Lovely rare Wileman tea set featuring a turquoise blue floral basket pattern with gold gilding to rimsProduced by Wileman & Co, Foley Potteries, Fenton, Staffordshire. Wileman backstamp was in use 1890-91. The registration numbers of 60650 / 60786 date to 1886...... One cup has a tiny discoloured scratch on the inner cup rim otherwise no other damage". The set sold for £830.00.


Foley 'Intarsio' Pottery Bowl
Foley Intarsio pottery bowl
This attractive bowl appeared in Sworders Fine Art Auction at Stanstead on 13 July. The catalogue description read - "A Foley 'Intarsio' pottery bowl, designed by Frederick Rhead, the compressed globular vessel with a band of fish in colours, raised on slender brown supports on a circular foot, printed marks and numbered '338', 17cm high. The pottery appears bubbled to the rim and areas of on the plinth - otherwise condition good. The piece sold for £120.00 which was below the estimate range of £150 - £200


Very Rare Foley Wileman Advertising Plaque

Wileman advertising plaque
This very rare advertising plaque has just sold on Ebay. The description read "..This very rare Foley Wileman advertising plaque shows off the Heraldic range. It is 10" x 8" and is in perfect condition with no chips cracks or restoration the colours and definition are very bright and strong is marked on the front with the Foley Wileman mark. A very rare and collectable piece." Four bidders competed for this, placing ten bids between them. The final bid reached £355.00.


Frederick Rhead Shelley Foley China Wileman Intarsio "Geese" 3259 lidded vase
Wileman Intarsio lidded vase no. 3259
This Wileman Intarsio lidded vase by Frederick Rhead was listed on Ebay recently. Described as "A superb Foley China Wileman (Shelley) Intarsio "Geese" pattern No 3259 large size lidded vase. Pattern No 3259 Geese: Yellow, blue and brown flowers with green leaves and brown stems. Continuous ring of ducks in a field with blue sky. Dark green ground. The back stamp is the 1894-1910 mark. Dimensions: diameter of base 119mm (4.75 inches) / diameter at widest point 160mm (6.25 inches) / height (to top of finial) 324mm (12.75 inches).Condition: In very good clean condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or scratching. 4 tiny paint losses around the base of the vase otherwise all paintwork is generally in good order. Both pieces have a very good true sound to them when lightly tapped". The piece was sold on a 'Buy it Now' price for £575.00.


Shelley Art Deco Tea Service - Vogue 'Cornfield'

Vogue coffee service Cornfield PatternShelley Art Deco period tea service 'Cornfield', with a black print, golden yellow cornfield flanked by grey trees and green grass. Reg. No. RD756533 was sold by Gerrards Auction Rooms on 10 June 2021. Marked Shelley to base, Pattern No. 2110, made between 1930 and 1933. Vogue shape,comprising: six tea cups, six saucers, a tea pot, milk jug and sugar bowl with triangular handles. Teapot has a small chip to inside top rim also a small chip on lid outside, 1 tea cup has big hairline cracks also a very big chip to base and an attempt on some restoration & 1 Saucer has chip to top rim area. Despite damage, bidding was swift and the estimate of £100 - 200 was well exceeded with a hammer price of £900.00.


Boxed set of 4 Napking Rings Maytime Chintz 1930s
boxed serviette rings
Not often seen, this boxed set of napkin rings in Maytime chintz pattern appeared on Ebay this week. Described as "an original boxed set of 4 footed napkin rings, measure 2" diameter x 1.25" approx. No chips or cracks, some minor age consistent crazing. Handpainted number but no Shelley backstamp. Original box with inner branding. Externally excellent, inner tear at seam, plus foxing and black specks etc. all consistent with age." Six bidders competed with the winning bid reaching £300.00.


Wileman 'Fairy' Boer War / Robert Baden Powell Moustache Cup and Saucer c.1900.

Boer War moustache cup

This unusual Boer War themed moustache cup and saucer manufactured by Wileman in the Fairy design, came up for auction on Ebay on 13 May 2021. The description read "...the cup stands 7.3 cm. high and 10 cm. in diameter and the saucer measures 16 cm. in diameter. Apart from some minor age-related wear it is in very good condition without any damge or crazing". Seven bidders placed seventeen bids with the final winning bid reaching £48.00.


Shelley Vogue Harlequin Pattern Tea for 2 Set
Shelley Vogue Harlequin tea for two set
This set appeared on site recently.The item description read - "Shelley Vogue teapot jug sugar bowl  2 trios.  in the rare harlequin pattern.  pattern number 11741. the 2 trios and in great condition as is the jug bowl bowl and cake plate. the only damage is the teapot where there is a chip to the triangle . and a faint hairline to the edge on the spout - this is so rare".
Eight bidders competed for this set placing eighteen bids between them, the winning bid coming in at £1500.00 ( US$ 2113.20).


Shelley Dainty Black Cup and Saucer
Dainty Black cup and saucer

Not often seen on Ebay, this Dainty Black duo created a lot of interest when it was listed last week. With minimal description the piece attracted bids from nine bidders who placed a total of thirty three bids between them in an attempt to obtain this scarce item for their collections. With a starting price of US$ 99.00, bids climbed steadily with the final winning bid reaching US$ 962.00 (£696.00).




Wileman Intarsio Loving Cup No.3026 - 'Smokers'
wileman Intarsio Lovers cup smokeres no.3026
This item appeared in the catalogue of Mellors and Kirk Antiques and Collectors Sale 14 April 2021. Described as " A Wileman and Co Intarsio Coupe, C.1900, decorated with pipe smokers, 15cm H, printed mark.Good condition, no restoration." Interestingly the 'smokers' pattern does not correspond to the printed pattern number on the base. Whilst the pattern is known on other pieces it has not been seen previously on this shape. Bidding was brisk with the hammer falling at £400.00 plus usual fees.


Wileman Snowdrop Shape Trio, Paeonies on Green Background No. 9869

wileman snowdrop paeony cup saucer and plate This Wileman Snowdrop shape trio has just sold on a 'Buy it Now' listing on Ebay. The item description read - "Stunning Wileman Snowdrop shape, pink paeonies on a green background. Really beautiful combination of colour and style, typically Art Nouveau, in excellent condition, no chips, cracks or crazing. Everything pings, gilding around rims - excellent. Has the Wileman backstamp and No. 9869. Cup is 6cm tall. Saucer is 15cm across. Plate is 18cm across." Buy it Now price - £485.00


Wileman 5137 Shell Pattern - Cup, Saucer, Milk & Sugar - 3 Colour Ivy - C.1890

wileman 3 colour ivy setA real rare little gem appeared on Ebay this week. Listed as - "A Wileman pattern 5137. Circa 1890, This is known as the Shell Pattern 5137 in triple colour Ivy. Very very rare indeed! All pieces are free from cracks, chips or restoration. There is a stain however to the sugar bowl." The three pieces were snapped up for the 'Buy it Now' price of £595.00 by one happy buyer.


1916 Shelley 'Haddon' Bone China Coffee Set

Shelley Haddon coffee set on tray

This lovely coffee set complete with tray sold on Ebay this last week. Registered design No. 657898 and Pattern No. 10880 the set comprised coffee pot, 5 coffee cups, 4 saucers, a small sugar bowl and a cabaret tray, all in pristine condition. Although listed as an 'auction' item, only one bidder came forth and secured the set for the opening price of £149.99.


Wileman Foley Intarsio Flowers Jardiniere -1890s - Frederick Rhead
Wileman flowers jardinaire intarsio
Just sold on Ebay this fine 1890s Wileman Intarsio jardiniere in 'Flowers' pattern No.3215. The advertised 'Buy it Now' price was met and the bowl sold for US$299.99 (£216.87). The description read - "Wileman Foley Intarsio, Flowers Jardiniere, 1890's Frederick Rhead, Vase
Beautiful, rare piece
Opening measures 4.5 inches
Height measures 4 inches
Base width measures 3 inches"


Shelley China Art Deco Vogue Lilac/Gold Cup and Saucer

Vogue lilac and gold cup and saucer
This week Ebay sold a stunning Vogue tea cup and saucer based in the USA. The description read - " Rare Vintage Shelley China Art Deco Lilac / Lavender and Gold Tea Cup and Saucer in wonderful condition (i.e. no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs). The tea cup is 2 1/2 inches in height and saucer is 4 1/2 inches in diameter...rings beautifully...great eye appeal...would make a welcome addition to any collection". Four bidders competed for this duo placing a total of 23 bids between them. The winning bid securing the lot was US$830.01 (£600.00)


Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell ' The Gardener's Boy' LA22
MLA figurine 'The gardener's boy' LA22
This lovely MLA figurine has sold on Ebay for a 'Buy it Now' price of £1250.00. This is a very rare Shelley figurine called 'The Gardener's Boy. It is modelled as a young boy holding a basket of flowers. Described as - "in fantastic condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or crazing. The colours are wonderful and vibrant. It was modelled by the brilliant Mabel Lucie Attwell in the 1930s. This is a lovely figure, the detail is stunning, he has a beautiful and very cute face and it is very well painted. He measures 6 inches or 15.5cm high. Backstamped with the Shelley marks and “The Gardener’s Boy” L.A. 22, it is also signed “Mabel Lucie Attwell” on top of the base next to his foot."


Shelley Dainty Pastel Yellow Teapot

Shelley Dainty teapot yellow  w/blue  handle
Just sold on Ebay in USA this Dainty pastel yellow teapot with blue finial and handle pattern no. 13567. Size 1-1.5 cups it is next to the smallest in the range - height 4.75 inches. It is mounted on a matching tea plate - not the proper teapot stand. No hairlines cracks chips crazing or repairs. Twelve bidders placed a total of thirty three bids with the final selling price reaching US$1675.00 (£1210.00). Wow!


Wileman Dainty Graduated Pastel Hot Water Jug
Dainty graduated colour hot water jug

This beautiful and unusual hot water jug has just been auctioned on Ebay. Standing 6.5" high from base to tip of lid finial and 3.75" maximum body diameter at base, it starts with pale mint green, graduating down through cream and pink. Matching lid. Handle and finial in gold. Fully backstamped. This lovely piece attracted nine buyers who competed to acquire it with the final winning bid reaching £535.00.


Shelley 'Poetry in China' Price List/ Label c.1930

shelley 'Poetry in china price list
It's a strange world when catalogues and original boxes seem to command as high a price as the items themselves but we have seen this on several occasions. On Ebay this week a single fold price list, 'Poetry in China', measuring just 8cm. x 9cm. sold for £207.50. Six bidders placed twenty six bids between them in order to try and secure this rare item. (By comparison a similar sized sheet of 24ct. gold leaf today would cost approximately £1.20 !)


Wileman Foley Cabaret Set

Alexandra cabaret set Another EBay lot captured our attention (and several other enthusiasts) this week - a Wileman Alexandra cabaret set. The elaborate description read - "The beautiful gold prunus design has been skillfully hand done. The great texture to this pattern was achieved by hand applying of raised paste under the burnished gold. Many techniques will have been used to decorate this stunning set." Despite some minor damage and staining, eleven bidders placed forty six bids between them in order to secure the set. The final bid reached £1090.00.
UPDATE: No payment was received by the seller and the set was relisted, realising this time a high bid of £870.00. (18/01/21)


Shelley Dainty Cup and Saucer - Gold on White

Dainty Gold cup and saucer This very unusual colourway for Dainty appeared on over the Christmas period. A standard size Dainty cup and saucer with similar pattern to Dainty Blue/Green/Pink etc. but in Gold. Described as in mint condition, no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. Purchased by the seller from an estate as part of a Shelley collection and listed on Ebay on Christmas Eve with a starting price of US$299.00 (£220.35), the item received no bids until the final minutes of the auction on New Years Eve. Three bidders competed with the final bid reaching US$787.77 (£580.45).


Wileman Intarsio 'Anemones' Tile No. 3271
Wileman Intarsio Anemones Tile No.3271
Just sold on Ebay this week, this exceedingly rare Wileman Intarsio tile in the 'Anemones' pattern No. 3271. Measuring 6" x 6" with flowers coloured in blues with orange centres growing up through green leaves on a brown base with a yellow background, the condition was stated as excellent aprt from a few nibbles along the edges. A single bidder offered the opening listing price of US$ 695 to secure this very scarce item.


Wileman Foley 'Pastello' 8.5" Vase

Pastello tall vase

This splendid vase appeared on Ebay just in time for Christmas. Listed as a 'Buy it Now' item, it was described as "A fabulous and rare Wileman Pastello vase measuring 8 1/2 inches in height depicting a cottage with a smoking chimney. Marked with the Wileman, Intarsio backstamp, the pattern number and the shape number. In good vintage condition with no damage and no restoration. A stunning vase in one of the rarer patterns which is not very often seen." The price? - £475.00 - a wonderful Christmas present for someone.


Wileman Foley 'Empire' Teapot Pattern No.6888

wileman foley empire teapot no. 6888 This piece was hotly contested when it appeared on Ebay this week. The description read - "Wileman Foley teapot  in the Empire shape, pattern 6888 Imari Japan..this really is a clean teapot. Great condition. It has the Foley China Wileman mark to the base and the pattern number 6888 - Japan pattern. The size of the tea pot is approx 5.5 ins to the top of handle on the lid.  9 ins wide at the top. A stunning   early Wileman pot which will date to c.1895." Six bidders placed a grand total of sixty two bids in an attempt to secure this piece, which finally attracted a winning bid of £820.00.


Shelley Mabel Lucy Attwell figurine 'Patricia' LA9 c.1930

Little girl by Mabel Lucy Attwell - figure LA9
This rare figure of a little girl sold on Ebay this week. The item desctription read -"This figure of a little girl wearing a bonnet and holding a bag and parasol, in the pink & green colourway, is in beautiful condition; no chips, cracks or restoration. She is very well painted, the detail is amazing and the colours are still fresh and bright. It is very hard to find one of these figures in such condition. The figure has the Shelley backstamp underneath the base, and is signed Mabel Lucie Attwell next to her left shoe. Height:  17cm; Diameter: 7cm. The piece was listed on a 'Buy it now' basis with a price of £1450, but an unknown 'best offer' was accepted.


Foley Wileman China Planter 'Lady Shelley' c.1894 - 1910
Foley Wileman Lady Shelley planter
Another unusual item appeared on Ebay this week. The description read, "Rare antique Foley Wileman china planter 'Lady Shelley' c.1894-1910. This porcelain white china planter is in a triangular shape and on the three top corners is an elegant lady's head with sweeping hair. It is stamped to the base 'The Foley China' in green which dates this piece to Wileman 1894-1910 and it has a registered number, Rd. 150035. One lady has had a knock to her nose. There is a firing crack which has travelled down down about 1" on one side. Another side has a hairline crack. The internal base has a star crack and brown stain to one corner. Approximate sizes - height 3 ⅞” diameter 5 ½” and weight 320g. Despite the damage two bidders were attracted to this piece which sold for £138.99.


Shelley Lucy Dawson 'Dog Studies' Plaque

Shelley Lucy Dawson 'Dog Studies' plaque
This lovely plaque depicting a pair of dogs - best of friends sat next to each other, sold on Ebay this week. Hand painted by Lucy Dawson from her 'Dogs Studies' range, it measures 94mm long by 64mm. high. Unfortunately the small stand on the back has broken off and the plaque is no longer self supporting. Perfect picture, beautiful dogs, bright and vibrant and signed by Lucy Dawson. On the back is the usual Shelley backstamp along with the text 'Dog Studies by Lucy Dawson'. This piece attracted six bidders who placed seventeen bids between them, the final bid reaching £260.52.


Shelley "Imperial Crown" Faience pattern No 7666 earthenware teapot. C.1910.

crown teapot

This attractive teapot has just sold on Ebay. Described as: "A very unusual Shelley late Foley "Imperial Crown" Faience pattern No 7666 earthenware teapot C.1910 modelled on the imperial state crown which is one of the crown jewels of the United Kingdom and symbolises the sovereignty of the monarch. Blush ivory ground with gold decoration. Holds 1.5 pints of liquid. The backstamp is the 1910-16 cartouche mark. Dimensions: diameter of base - 4 inches, distance from pouring lip to edge of handle 9 inches, height to top of finial 5.3 inches. Condition: in very good clean condition with no chips, cracks, crazing, rubbing, or signs of wear. All gold paintwork is in very good order with no losses or fading. Both teapot and lid have a very good sound to them when lightly tapped. Six bidders placed twenty six bids between them with the winning bid reaching £399.00.


Wileman Foley Secessionist Twin Handled Vase

Wileman Faience Old Foley secessionist twin handled vase

Gildings Antiques and Collectors Sale on 3 November, included this twin-handled vase. The catalogue description read "An Old Foley Secessionist twin-handled vase, decorated with blue lilies against a brown ground - height 59cm." The backstamp shown was 'The Foley, JFW, "Faience", England. The auctioneers estimate was £40.00 - 60.00 and the hammer fell in the upper range at £55.00.


Bakers' Chocolate mug Shelley Bakers' Chocolate Cup

A nice little item appeared on Ebay recently, this Bakers' Chocolate mug. Described as "Shelley China England, made for Walter Baker & Co. Boston, small chocolate mug /cup, easures 3" Height x 2 1/2", no chips or cracks, a little wear on the gilt edge". Three bidders competed for this piece placing a total of three bids between them. The winning bid was US$35.00 (£27.14).


Late Foley Parian Busts

5 Late foley Parian busts A mixed selection of Foley and Shelley commemorative ware including five Late Foley Parian busts, came up for sale at Wooton Auction Rooms sale on 27 October. The busts included: Albert King of the Belgians, Field Marshall Sir John French, Field Marshall Earl Kitchener, Winston Churchill and Lloyd George. Bidding was brisk and quickly overtook the upper estimate with the final hammer price reaching £200.00 plus fees.


Two Shelley Vogue Trios

Two Vogue trios These two stylish Vogue trios came up for sale in Adam Partridge's two day auction on 23 October 2020. Described as "Shelley, two Art Deco trios in the Vogue shape with solid handles, decorated in the green 'J' pattern, no.11740 and a 'Martian' pattern example, pattern no.11867. Minimal wear, light scratches throughout, in good condition". Bidding slowly but steadily climbed way past initial estimates to reach a final hammer price of £1200.00 (+fees). A good result.


Wileman/Foley Part-Teaset (out of factory decoration)

Wileman\Foley teaset with out of factory decorationWe do not usually feature pieces which have been modified since original factory production however we have made an exception for this teaset. It is a Wileman Daisy shape, some pieces bearing THE FOLEY CHINA over the W&Co mark and some Rd.115510. A pink blush has been blown over the white body of each piece and the hand painted decoration is of high quality denoting a painter of considerable skill. The set was auctioned at Ewbanks, Surrey and realised £170.00 plus fees, despite a number of pieces having some damage.


Shelley 'Horseshoe Chintz' Ascot Trio, c.1938

Ascot trio horseshoe chintz pattern Another item from Ebay this week, a horseshoe chintz patterned tea trio in the 'Ascot' shape, dating from the latter part of the 1930's. Described as "very extensively gilded, comprising small horseshoe shaped gold wreaths surrounded by tiny gold dots against a cream ground, all pieces having a gold border and a green internal border; the cup interior and handle and the saucer and plate centres are white. The footed cup stands two and three quarter inches tall ..., the saucer diameter is five and a half inches and the plate diameter is six and seven eighths inches. The backstamp being 'Shelley, England' as applied to the factory's wares during the period 1925-1940 plus painted pattern number 12827/4. This trio is in excellent condition, each piece ringing clearly and thus confirming the presence of no hidden hairlines; certainly no chips or cracks, nor any scratching, rubbing, crazing, fading, discolouration, and no restoration." Three bidders competed with a final bid being £205.02 .


Shelley Tray, "Take Courage, LONDON STOUT"

Shelley tray 'Take Courage' This 'Buy it Now' piece featured on Ebay this week. Described by the seller as "A most unusual Shelley (ash) Tray. It has never been used. It has three Highland men all in Scottish kilts, drinking, I should imagine, London Stout. It is in an ivory background with gilded rim and letters and the men all in sepia black colour. It has the Shelley backstamp and number7799. The tray is 12 cm X 10 cm. In Excellent condition, no chips cracks or micro-crazing". The sale price - £155.00.


Shelley Vogue shape "Solid Ground" pattern 11754/4 trio
Shelley Vogue shape solid ground pattern 11754/4 trio
This stunning Vogue trio recently sold on Ebay. Described as "Shelley Vogue shape "Solid Ground" pattern 11754/4, tea cup trio. Jade green ground, gold inside cup, white base with gold handle and trim. Pattern dates to 1930. Good condition, no damage". Offered as a 'Buy it now' lot this piece was snapped up quickly for its asking price of £650.00 .


Shelley Small Figure of Pixie Watering Flowers

Shelley MLA pixie watering flowers

Another item from Potteries Auctions below is this Mabel Lucy Attwell figure (LA 17). One of the less commonly found, this piece was estimated at £60.00 - £120.00 but rapidly exceeded expectations with the hammer falling at £260.00 .


Shelley Tulip handled lemon and blue Art Deco tea set
Shelley tulip handled tea set in lemon and blue
This rare tulip handled tea set attracted much interest when it came under the hammer at the Potteriers Auction at Silverdale on 12 September. Yhe catalogue description read " Pattern 12109/8, six cups (2 noted with hairline cracks), five saucers, five side plates and a sandwich plate". Estimated at £850.00 - £1700.00 the final hammer price came down at £1350.00.


Wileman Intarsio Egyptian Women 3008

wileman intarsio egyptian women 3008 two handled urn
This Intarsio urn appeared on Ebay last week and caught the eye of just 3 collectors. It was described as follows: "Up for auction is this lovely and rare piece of Intarsio.  It is numbered 3008 and is 7" in height. There are  two handles and a total of four Egyptian Women decorated in colours amongst tall yellow flowers. This piece is in excellent condition with no issues.  I have had this piece in my collection for many years and do not recall seeing another....."
The starting price was $650.00 and with just 3 bids being placed the piece sold for $705.00 (£534.00)


Wileman Cabaret Set For Two - Dolly Varden Pattern 3750 - Demitasse

dolly varden cabaret set This cabaret set would normally include four cups and saucers but was clearly listed as only having two when it was listed on Ebay recently. Comprising tray, teapot, milk jug and sugar basin in addition to the cups and saucers, it was listed with a starting price of AU $597.00 (£328.00). Described as having no damage but fine crazing to the tray, with some age related loss of gilding and two small areas of staining, it attracted the interest of thirty six watchers. Ultimately it sold for AU $1380.00 (£757.00) with six bidders placing a total of twenty eight bids between them.


Shelley Model of a Hornbill - Rd.645774

Shelley model of a hornbill bird This interesting model bird appeared in Killens Mendip Auction Rooms Antiques and Collectable Sale on 15 August. The auctioneer's description read, "A Shelley model of a Hornbill, printed brown marks, Rd,645774, modelled perched on a tree-stump, 6cm high". With an opening bid of £35.00, the piece rose quickly to it's hammer price of 65.00 (pluse fees) just within the auctioneer's estimate of £60.00 - 80.00.


Shelley Late Foley Blue Storks 8194 Pattern Trio c.1914 Ref.5668Bute trio in Blue storks 8194 pattern

This stunning Bute shaped trio appeared as a "Buy it now" listing on Ebay this week. Described by the seller as " of the rarest patterns made, in excellent undamaged condition. Gilding is perfect - in superb condition. Looks unused. Comprising tea cup and saucer with 6⅞" side plate. The cup measures 2⅜" tall x 3½" wide and the saucer 5⅞" diameter. Absolutely stunning!". Not surprisingly this item sold within minutes of it's listing for the asking price of £275.00


Three Queen Anne Art Deco Cups and Saucers

3 queen anne cups and saucers with goold panels
These three Queen Anne duos with gilded panels, attracted considerable interests when listed on Ebay this week. Simply described as "3 Fine Art Deco Bone China Shelley England Porcelain Cup & Saucer. Marked to the bases. 14,5 cm. diameter the saucer. The cup is 6.4 cm. high and 8.7 cm. diameter. All in fine condition". Twenty eight bidders placed fifty six bids in total, the final sale price reaching $765.99 (£617.45)


Wileman Covered Sardine Box/Dish - Shell Pattern c.1890
Wileman sardine box c.1890
Not the most expensive item noted this week but certainly an interesting one. The item description read - "this very unusual Wileman/Shelley porcelain sardine box dates from around 1890. This is a most attractive piece formed in a shell pattern with a fish handle. The box measures 6 1/8 inches long, 3 1/2 inches high and 5 1/4 inches wide. Overall it is in good antique condition". Sold on Ebay it appealed to six bidders who between them placed twelve bids.The final winning bid was £170.00


Shelley Vogue Blue Deco Flower 11841 Tea trio

Shelley Vogue Blue Deco tea trio 11841 This trio sold on Ebay recently as a 'Buy it Now' item. The description read " What a great Vogue Blue Deco Flower 11841 Tea trio, rarely if ever seen, from around 1931. Smaller of the two sizes of side plates at 14cm. Ping is good, colours are good, few typical factory very minor marks – this is a really nice trio, very little wear and no crazing, very slight tilt of the cup, as you sometimes get from factory. This is Shelley at its best." The asking price - AU $2250 (£1238.47) - WOW!


A Rare Shelley Art Deco "Blue Iris" 11578 Queen Anne Shape Tea Trio. C1927.

Queen Anne Blue Iris on pink This beautiful trio created a lot of interest when it appeared on Ebay recently. The description read " A rare Shelley Art Deco "Blue Iris" 11578 Queen Anne shape tea trio C.1927. Pattern number 11578 Blue Iris:  Irises with green leaves on small panels. Stylised flowers with white dots on large panels. Dots and circles on panel joins. Pink coloured ground on large panels. White ground on smaller panels. Gold edges. Entered in pattern book during or after 1927. The shape of this trio is the Queen Anne shape which was first introduced in 1926. The back stamp is the 1925-40 green cartouche mark. Dimensions:  tea cup base 39mm (1.5 inches) / distance across top of cup 78mm (3.1 inches) / height of cup 62mm (2.5 inches) / saucer 133mm (5.25 inches) / side plate 140mm (5.5 inches).Condition: All 3 pieces are in very good clean condition with no chips or cracks. Just the odd small white mark on the pink ground otherwise paintwork is in good order with no fading to the pattern. One or two small faint light craze lines to underside of saucer and plate. All 3 pieces have a good true sound to them to them when lightly tapped.44 bids were placed with the final winning bid reaching £620.00 .  


Shelley Blue Cloisonne Tapered Lamp

Blue Cloisonne Lamp
This stunning blue Cloisonne lamp was quickly snapped up when it appeared on Ebay. Described as "a beatiful Shelley Art Nouveau Blue Cloisonne Chintz Lamp 17.75" tall,10" at it's widest point and 30" to the top of the harp. There are no chips, crazing or repairs. This was a vase converted into a lamp at some time...". The full 'Buy it Now' price of $275 (£226.80) was paid by the purchaser.


Shelley Art Deco Vogue Sunray Twin Handled Lidded Tureen

Queen Anne Sunray tureen The Vogue Art Deco patterns have always captured attention and this stylish Queen Anne tureen was no exception when it appeared on Ebay. The description referred to it as "Gainsborough - 13cm high x 30.5 cm x 26.5cm twin handled lidded soup tureen in remarkable condition with no chips , cracks  or restoration, all ring. And  in the stunning & vibrant in its seldom seen Sunray design dating from 1930's." Seven bidders fought over this piece with the winning bid of £361.00 being placed just three seconds before the end of the auction.


Shelley Rock Garden Teapot 13359
Shelley Rock Garden teapot
Another 'Buy it Now' item - this 'Rock Garden' patterned teapot was sold on Ebay last week. Described as 'A rare (have we heard that term before?) Shelley teapot , fine English porcelain, beautiful 'Rock Garden' pattern No. 13359. Size: Capacity - 1.25 pints, Length - 21.25cm, Height - 14.5 cm. Very good condition. Very small chip on the spout'. The purchaser paid the full listing price of £299.99.


Watsons whisky decanter

Shelley China Watson’s Whisky Decanter - King George V & Rt Hon H. H. Asquith.

This was made by Shelley China for J Watson and Co Dundee amd appeared on Ebay as a 'Buy it Now' listing. It has the back stamp for that including the pattern number but not the Shelley stamp. This is a well known Shelley piece. Condition is described as 'great for age with just a small crack on the interior part of the stopper which sits in the cork. The cork is tight in the decanter and the stopper comes out fine, but the cork could be replaced. No other damage or restoration, some clean crazing'. The price - £245.00.


Shelley Art Deco Rare Vogue 'Sunway' on Regent Shape Trio

Regent trio with rare Vogue Sunray design Gazelles Art Deco Ltd listed this unusual combination on Ebay last week. Described as "a very rare Shelley Art Deco Regent shape tea trio with the stunning Vogue 'Sunray' design also very rare in green and yellow. Pattern No. 12123. Perfect condition. Plate 14cm sq. Cup 7cm h". Bidding was brisk - starting at £0.99 the price had reached £ 188.99 at the end of the first day. In all, 6 bidders fought for this set placing 24 bids between them, the final winning bid reaching £601.00 in the last few minutes of the auction.


Mabel Lucie Attwell - Mushroom Village LA34
Mabel lucie Attwell Mushroom Village LA34
This scarce piece by Shelley was never put into full production and the last time such a piece was seen by us was over 20 years ago. So when it appeared on Ebay at the end of March it attracted much interest. The piece measured 9.5cm x 4.5 cm wide x 7cm high. Thirteen bidders placed sixteen bids in all with the winning bid reaching £750.00. Not bad for such a small piece compared with the Slater vases below.


More Slater Vases

more slater vases sold at Maxwells Most people would be happy to own either of these vases but to have both plus the three below sold in Maxwells Antiques Auction below is just too much of a good thing. The first of these described as "Walter Slater for Shelley, a large tapering lustre vase decorated with exotic birds and flowers in polychrome and gilt against a deep blue ground, height 38cm, sold for £660.00. The second, described as "Walter Slater for Shelley, a large tapering lustre vase decorated with peacocks in green and gilt against a mottled blue / green ground, height 38cm, achieved slightly more at £680.00.


Shelley Girl Advertising Figure
Shelley Girl paisley dress - Lockdales auction
It has been a while since we last noted the sale of a Shelley girl so the appearance of one in Lockdales, Ipswich - Fine Sale was eagerly awaited. This piece was in the preferred 'paisley design' and some damage was noted. Although the hammer price of £1450 (plus fees) well exceeded the low estimate of £400 - 600, it fell short of the figure we have come to expect from these pieces. The winning bidder must feel they have a bargain!


Unusual Wileman Foley Tea Cup & Saucer Pattern No.7035

Wileman Cup & Saucer 7035A recent Ebay listing featured this incredibly striking and unusual antique Wileman/Foley tea cup and saucer. Dating to c.1890. Decorated with sinuous flowers a really rich blue ground, lovely deep clear colours to the enamels - pattern no. 7035. The saucer is 14.3 cm and the cup is 8.7 cm in diameter. No damage or crazing to either piece. Fifteen bidders placed a total of twenty two bids, the winning bidder securing the item for £280.00.


Queen Anne Cup & Saucer - Unknown Pattern No.
Queen Anne duo in black and gold no pattern no.
Another interesting lot from Maxwells Winter Fine Arts Auction (see below) is this stunning Queen Anne duo in black and gold. It was part of a larger tray of mixed items which sold for £250.00 plus commission and fees.


Walter Slater Lustreware - Vases and Ginger Jar

Maxwells Auction Montage of Slater Lustreware
These three items separately went under the hammer at Maxwells Winter Fine Arts and Antiques Auction, Stockport on 22 January 2020. The lustre ginger jar with spiders webs and prunus blossom 23cm high but with a broken and glued lid realised £380.00 plus commission and fees.The lidded lustre vase 33 cm high decorated with carp against a shaded turquoise background and the open vase of tapering form 39cm high decorated with trailing flowers and leaves against a shaded turquoise blue background, each realised £480.00 plus commission and fees.


Antique Wileman 'Dolly Varden' Pink Plate c.1886 Rd.92158
Wileman 'Dolly Varden' pink plate

This rare c.1886 pink Shelley and Wileman Bone China Dolly Varden plate has just sold on Ebay. Originally listed for a 'Buy it Now' price of £399.00 the seller accepted a lower offer (unknown). The description read " It has Rd number RD92158 to reverse. Measures approx. 22cm x 27cm. Good vintage condition, has wire still attached to hang it on the wall. No cracks or chips".


Wileman Invoice dated 1912

Wileman Oroginal Invoice dated 1912 Described simply as a "Wileman & Co. original invoice Foley China Works Longton 1912" this item attracted the interest of six bidders when it appeared on Ebay. Listed with a starting price of just £1.99 this item looked set to sell for £25.00 but two late bids pushed the final sale price to £59.25. A nice item to start the New Year for someone's collection.


Wileman Faience Letter Rack - Golfing Theme
Wileman Faience letter rack - golfing theme

This item sold on Ebay 'Buy it Now' on Christmas Day. Described by the seller as a "very, very rare letter rack with a stunning golfing pattern on the front, with crossed clubs on each back, a very rare item to exist. Has the Wileman Faience backstamp on the bottom. Antique excellent condition, no chips or micro crazing, has slight gilding rubbed. The rack is 17cms long and 14cms high". This unusal item was snapped up by a keen buyer for £275.00.


Shelley Art Deco Hen Jelly Mould

Shelley hen jelly mould

We don't often feature jelly moulds on this page but this one, modelled on a hen, is one of those less commonly found. When it appeared on Ebay it attracted twenty three bids from seven bidders selling finally for £105.00. Described as "Shelley Art Deco Jelly mould with the Chicken design, perfect condition. No chips cracks or restorations, this is a rare mould in great condition,  very minor rubbing to the tips to be expected with use. 9.5 cm h  18 cm w and 14.5 cm d."


Wileman Intarsio Cat attributed to Frederick Rhead
wileman Intarsio cat green
This rarely seen Intarsio cat came up for Sale in Gildings' Auction of 20th Century Decorative Art and Design, 2nd December 2019 at Market Harborough. The catalogue listing read -"A rare Foley 'Intarsio Ware' model of a Cat, attributed to Frederick Rhead for Wileman & Co. circa 1900, the seated feline with applied green glass eyes, the body painted with comical running mice against a vibrant green ground, 'The Foley' Intarsio backstamp, numbered '3522', 24.5cm". Condition report -A chip to the cat's left ear tip, heavily discoloured with age. A very small chip to the baseline in the area of the cat's front paws. To the rear of the figure, along the base line, there is an area of suspected overpainting. The glass eyes may have been reglued. But no other restoration". A sale price of £1100.00 + fees was realised.


Intarsio Paul Kruger Character Teapot

Paul Kruger character teapot
Just sold on Ebay today, this character teapot representing Paul Kruger one of the dominant political and military figures in 19th-century South Africa, and President of the South African Republic (or Transvaal) from 1883 to 1900. Described as "In very good condition, 2 minor glaze flakes minor hairlines to lid as shown, a bit of internal crazing, but only commensurate with age". Four bidders were attracted to this piece which finally sold for £77.12.


Wileman Faience Vase 1894 - 1910wileman Faience Vase

This previously unseen vase appeared in Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH's auction in Germany on 13 November. The auction catalogue described the piece as 'Wileman & Co., Foley Potteries, Longton, Staffordshire, Vase, 1894-1910, H. 13.7 cm. Faience, polychrome slip painting on yellow-brown. Marked: Manufactory mark THE FOLEY FAIENCE ENGLAND (black glaze stamp), 11014 (incised).' The auctioneers have witheld the final sale price but a source informs that there was only one bidder who secured the piece for 300.00 Euros (£256.40) plus buyers premium of 32%.


Shelley Pale Green Miniature Cup and Saucer

Shelley pale green miniature cup and saucer
This lovely miniature cup and saucer has just sold on Ebay. Described as ' Vintage Shelley china pale green mini cup and saucer. Marked on both pieces (with mfrs mark). No damage, both in excellent condition. Saucer is 2.5 inches round and cup stands 1.25 inches high...'
Five bidders placed eight bids between them, the cup and saucer finally going to a private bidder for $455.00 (£352.58)


Shelley green lustre eagle 18.5cmShelley Green Lustre Eagle

This unusual green lustre Eagle was included in Potteries Auctions' 20th Century British Pottery and Asian Items sale at Silverdale Newcastle-under-Lyme on 9 November. Simply described as "Unusual Shelley green lustre eagle / falcon. 18.5cm", the piece was listed with an estimate of £20.00 - £40.00. Bidding was brisk and the final hammer price rose to £75.00 plus fees. Perhaps lower than we have seen for other Shelley birds.


Harry Rhead - 14" Charger - The Foley Faience England
charger by Harry Rhead

This Ebay lot was spotted by one of our USA members. Listed as either by Frederick Hurten Rhead or Harry Rhead (subsequently believed to be the latter) this charger depicts rabbits near a carrot in the foreground, with a raised white heart and line decoration around the outer edge. Some loss to the raised heart decoration and some breaks in the white line decoration. As well there is some wear that creates a rough feeling round the edge of the charger. Three bidders were attracted to this piece which was finally secured by a winning bid of $790.00 (£630.00.


Shelley Old Sevres lidded chocolate pot with side handle Shelley 'Old Sevres' Lidded Chocolate Pot with Side Handle

Here is an unusual beautiful small and slender chocolate pot 5" high x 3" wide. It is in surprisingly fine condition. This old pattern dates back to 1910-1925. According to the description on Ebay it came "...complete with underplate and both pieces are in excellent condition with no chips, no stains, and no dings. The gold trim looks bright and appears in very nice condition with little wear. The colours are stunning featuring exotic birds and floral design." Only two bidders vied for this unusual piece which was sold finally for $265.00 (£216.80).


Shelley Mode Shaped Trio - Shades and Lines

Shelley Mode trio "Shades and Lines" Another Ebay sale this week - this Mode trio. The item description read "Shelley mode shaped trio decorated with the rare 'Shades and Lines' pattern no.11760.The cup measures 3" in height, the saucer is 5.5" in diameter and the plate is 5.5" square. All pieces are in very good condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or restoration. The colours are very bright and strong and all pieces ring when tapped." Ten bidders were attracted to this set placing thirteen bids the final price reaching £340.00 ($419.41)


Rare Shelley Queen Anne Style Cups And Saucers, Pattern 12121, Tulip Handles

Queen Anne floral handled cups and saucers Four gorgeous teacups with matching saucers have just sold on Ebay this week. Described as "Queen Anne style, one pink, one blue, one green, and one yellow. They have distinctive and delicate tulip flower handles on the cups. They are in beautiful condition with no chips cracks or repairs. ..... the only imperfections ... are the tiniest little black dot inside the pink cup, and a small spot under the yellow saucer which appears to be in the manufacture of the piece, not a chip or crack."Six bidders chased the final bid to $2883.99 (£2320.00) WOW!


Shelley China Dainty Shape "Stocks" Miniature Cup & Saucer

Dainty miniature cup and saucer 'Stocks' pattern

A recently completed sale on Ebay was for this miniature Dainty cup and saucer. Described as ".. a rare Shelley china dainty shape mini cup & saucer in the 'Stocks' pattern. The rare set is in excellent pristine condition. No chips, cracks, stains, flaws or repairs. Cup and saucer are both marked on bottom, with the Shelley England logo. The saucer measures 3" in diameter and the cup measures 1 1/2" high. Beautiful stocks floral decoration, matching on both cup & saucer. One of the most difficult mini sets to find".
Seven bidders placed nineteen bids between them with the final bid reaching $585.00 (£470)


Art Deco Shelley Queen Anne Woodland Bluebells - Part Tea Set

Shelley Queen Anne Woodland Bluebells This seldom seen design - Pattern number 12202, was listed in Thomas Roddick Auctioneers, Dundee 'Antiques and Works of Art' auction on 14 September 2019. Described as '...comprising eleven tea cups and saucers, eight coffee cups, twelve saucers, twelve side plates, cream jug and teapot, each decorated with gilt trees, green and violet foxgloves'. Several items had hairline cracks. Bidding was swift quickly passing the estimate of £150-250 to reach a final hammer price of £500.00 (+ fees).


Shelley Dainty Blue Dessert Set

Dainty Blue dessert set There are plenty of Dainty teasets around but this one just caught our eye when it was listed on Ebay. Was it the picture or the description - 'STUNNING FINE 28 PC SHELLEY DAINTY BLUE DESSERT SET .This set consists of teapot (10.5 x6.5 x 6"), coffee pot (7.5 x 7.25 x 4"), cream jug (3.5 x 2"), sugar bowl (4x 2.75"), 4pc luncheon plates(8.25"), 4 pc plates (7"), 4 cups (3.5") & 4 pc saucers (5.75"), cake dish (9.5 x 8.25"), 5 pc square dishes ( 1pc large: 5.75" and 4 pc small :4.8"), sandwich tray (14 x 5.25") and oval dish (9 x 5.25"). Condition : excellent good (no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs)'? Whatever, it also caught the attention of 13 bidders who raised the sale price to C$1426 (£881.18) plus postage C$226.37 (£139.88)!


Wileman Dolly Varden Blue Teapot #3750
Wileman dolly varden teapot no.3750
This tea pot appeared on Ebay recently as part of a larger collection. The description read '..Wonderful Shelley Foley Wileman teapot in the Dolly Varden pattern #3750 - Blue. Blue and white. Geometric sections of small flowers, gold edges white handle circa 1872 - 1890. In good condition, no chips, but does have a faint hairline on base. Measures 6" tall". On listing, bidding started immediately at £30.00 rising quickly to £509.00 as the end of the auction approached. In all, thirteen bidders placed a total of 34 bids between them.


Shelley / Wileman Frederick Rhead Faience Double Gourd Vase

Frederick Rhead Faience double gour vase in brown

Yet again Ebay recently listed a a rarely seen piece - this Frederick Rhead vase. The description read '..this wonderful & rarest of Shelley Arts & Craft  china consisting of a stunning 14.8cm high vase  in remarkable condition with no chips , cracks  or restoration (as good as it gets) and  in the stunning & vibrant Brown Drip ware design. SUPER RARE ITEM'. Again only two bidders with a winning bid this time of £77.00. Another bargain for someone!


Shelley Art Nouveau Handpainted Roses Chamberstick
shelley art nouveau handpainted chamberstick roses design
Another recent rarity on Ebay was this Art Nouveau chamberstick. Described as '..this wonderful & rarest of vintage super  shaped  china consisting of a stunning 5cm high x 18cm x 16.5cm chamber stick. In remarkable condition with no cracks or restoration just a couple small under rim slither chips to the sconce unnoticeable when displayed. And  in the stunning & vibrant Red Roses design'. Only two bidders competed for this piece with the winning bid reaching only £18.60 - very cheap considering the scarcity.


Art Deco Shelley Vogue Part Tea Set

Vogue Sunray part tea set This rare patterned lot appeared in Henry Adams Auctions, Chichester sale on 8 August. Described as 'an Art Deco Shelley porcelain part tea service marked Rd.756533, 11747, with triangular filled handles and geometric starburst decoration in green, blue and gilt on white ground comprising milk jug, sugar bowl, five teacups aand six saucers, five cake plates, and a small serving dish (some pieces a/f)' the auctioneers estimate of £150.00 - 200 was rapidly overtaken by bidding which reached a final hammer price of £1000.00 +24% commission + VAT - a substantial sum considering the number of pieces in less than pristine condition.

3669 ballaster shape vase Intarsio Wileman L02
An Early 20C. Shelley Pottery Intarsio Baluster Shaped Vase

This lovely vase No. 3669 featured in Canterbury Auction Galleries sale on 7 August. Described as 'an early 20C. Shelley Pottery Intarsio baluster shaped vase 9" high. Printed factory mark and painted numbers to base', it was offered for sale with an estimate of £80.00 - 120.00. Bidding was brisk and the piece finally reached a hammer price of £220.00 + 24% commission well above expectations.


Shelley - 'Archway of Roses' 8781 Jupiter Shape Lamp Base c.1936

Archway of Roses lamp base An extremely rare Shelley "Archway of Roses" 8781 Jupiter lamp base has just sold on Ebay - possibly the same one that sold in Potteries Auction on 13 July. The shape of this lamp base is the Jupiter shape which was introduced in 1936. This pattern is more commonly found on the Queen Anne tea sets against pattern No 11606. The backstamp is the 1925-1940 green cartouche mark . Dimensions:  base 88mm (3.5 inches) by 103mm (4 inches) / height 128mm (5 inches). Condition: In excellent clean condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or scratching. All paintwork is in very good order with no fading to the colours. The lamp base has a very good true sound to it when lightly tapped. Eighteen bids were received from five bidders the item being won by the opening bidder for £173.05. 


Collection of pottery jelly moulds
collection of Shelley jelly moulds
Potteries Auctions featured several lots of Shelley and Wileman in their July 2019 Rare 20th Century British Pottery and Antique Auction. This particlar lot was for a good collection of jelly moulds including the Swan, Armadillo, Rabbit and Chicken - two trays in all. The initial estimate of £50.00 - 100.00 was quickly passed and the final hammer price was £320.00 +24% commission and a further 5% internet fee.


Wileman Pink Cups, Saucers, Milk Jug and Sugar Bowl

Wileman Daisy pink cupssaucers milk jug and sugar bowl. This part teaset in striking pink, pattern no. 4043 on Daisy shape, certainly excited a lot of collectors when it went on Ebay recently. The item description read " Wonderful set of early Shelley Foley Wileman Cups, Saucers, Milk Jug & Sugar Bowl. Decorated in pink with gold gild trim and handles with white interior. In good condition, no chips cracks or restoration except for one cup which has a hairline which does not distract....". An amazing forty two bids were placed by nineteen collectors anxious to secure this set. The final winning bid was £304.00 .


Dainty Orange Teapot

Shelley large Dainty Orange teapot This Ebay auction for a large Dainty teapot in the less frequently found orange colourway has just concluded. The simple description read "Rare Dainty Orange Shelley Teapot. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Excellent condition with no chips cracks or repairs. 11” diameter. 6” tall." Bidding started within eight minutes of listing, by the bidder who ultimately secured the piece. Together with two other bidders just four bids were placed with the winning bid being US$905.00 (£712.85).


Blue Dragon Dressing Table Set

Blue Dragon Dressing Table Set - pattern 8315
Brettells Auctioneers and Valuers, Newport sold this set in their 'General Sale' on 4 June. Described as "a dressing table set in the Blue Dragon design (patt no 8315), consisting of large tray, small tray, 2 candlesticks, tall & low covered boxes and a ring tray". It is unusual to see these sets sold complete without missing or damaged pieces. The hammer price achieved was £65.00, (£79.82 with commission). Something of a bargain!


Shelley Treecreeper Miniature Bird Figurine c.1915
Shelley miniature treecreeper bird
Another rarely found porcelain miniature bird figurine appeared on Ebay. Described as "a treecreeper (specifically named 'Blue Creeper') being one of a series of twelve bird subjects originating from the year 1915. It stands just two and a half inches in height, the backstamp being that of a capital letter within shield 'Shelley' one with the title 'Blue Creeper' and with Registered Number 645778 (this number having been registered by the factory for this particular figure on 4th February 1915)." It is interesting that the winning bid for this smaller and less detailed piece, reached £192.77 (7 bidders) compared to the larger 'Jay' bird featured below, which achieved only £129.00.


Shelley Black Grecian Scroll Coffee Set - No .14294

Black Grecian Scroll Coffee Set no. 14294
This set in Avon shape with New Mocha cans, was one of the last designs produced by the Shelley factory circa.1965. It appeared in Richard Winterton's Auctions on 16 May and sold for mid estimate £35.00 + fees. This pattern had a small production run and consequently is not seen very often. The set was described as "Shelley Black Grecian Scroll Coffee Set No. 14294 consisting of coffee pot, cream jug, sugar bowl, six coffee cans and six saucers". Pattern number 14292 has the same shapes but is Gold Grecian Scroll instead of Black.


Shelley Jay bird Vintage Art Deco Shelley Lustre Ceramic Jay Bird

This rare Shelley bird has just sold on Ebay. Simply described as "Rare vintage art deco lustre ceramic Jay bird. Stamped ' Shelley - Made in England - Jay. Dimensions (approx) - Height 21cm - Weight 218.7 grams. Vintage item. No chips or cracks."
This piece attracted the attention of four separate bidders who between them placed a total of seven bids. The winning bid securing the item reached £129.00.


Shelley 11627 Large Fruit Bowl Cobalt "Archway of Roses" c.1925-1940

Shelley cobalt blue bowl decorated with Archway of RosesThis bowl was sold on Ebay recently. Described as " a Large Cobalt Fruit Bowl by Shelley. It features a rare and unusual footed bowl was made in England in the early to mid-1900s. The brilliant blue background is adorned with a gilded border with enameled red flowers and yellow diamond shapes along the upper edge of the bowl. The inside is decorated with the "Archway of Roses" enamel and gilt design. There is gold trim along the upper rim and around the footed base. Rarely is this design found on a cobalt background. The base of the bowl is marked under the glaze, "Shelley Made in England" and in gold the number "11627" . This Shelley porcelain bowl measures 10" wide and 4.75" tall and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or signs of repair. The inside of the bowl does have some surface scratching." Only one bidder entered the bidding process securing the bowl at its opening price of US$299.95 (£237.98)


Shelley 'Harmony Artware' Cup/SaucerBread Plate - 12084 Vogue

Vogue Harmony trion in blue no.12084
This unusual Harmony patterned Vogue trio was recently offered for sale on Ebay by US china specialists Replacements Ltd. The description read "This auction is for a SHELLEY TRIO in the HARMONY ARTWARE Pattern #12084. It features a cup and saucer in the Vogue shape with a bread and butter plate all decorated in a beautiful drip pattern in shades of mauve, violet, and mint green. The back stamp "Shelley England" only, dates these pieces circa 1930s. The base of the cup is marked with the registration number 756533 and in red the pattern number (see images). This cup measures 2.5" tall and 4" across the rim. The matching saucer is 5.5" wide and the square bread plate with scalloped corners measures 6 3/8" wide. This beautiful Shelley trio is in remarkable condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs and will be a treasured addition to any Shelley Art Deco collection". Fourteen bids were placed with the winning bid being US$336.00 (£255.07)


Shelley 'Walter Slater' Rare Butterfly Design Tall Handled Vase

walter Slater dual handled lustre butterfly vase Sold by on Ebay this week for Cancer Research UK,was this wonderful Walter Slater dual handled vase. The description read "Shelley 'Walter Slater' tall decorative vase. This colourful display piece features an attractive butterfly design with a pearlised metallic finish and gold detailing. Signed 'Walter Slater' to the base. The vase has large open handles to each side and is approximately 10.9" tall. The vase has some light signs of wear, mainly with a few minor blemishes to the glaze coating, but is otherwise in good used condition." This item was hotly contested by eleven bidders who placed twenty eight bids between them. The lucky bidder who crept in just eight seconds before the end of the auction, secured the vase for £148.00.


crested china jester - Monifieth Shelley Crested China Jester - Monifieth

It's not often that crested ware features in Noteworthy Lots but this piece on Ebay caught our eye and several bidders also. Simply described as a "Shelley crested china jester for Monifieth, and backstamped "Late Foley, Shelley, England" measuring 3.5 inches (9cm) in height, 2.5 inches (6cm) in length and 2 inches (5cm) in width. In very good condition". Six bidders competed for this piece placing eight bids between them with the winning bid finally reaching £310.52.


Shelley 'Maytime' 8787 Art Deco Table Lamp

Shelley Maytime 8787 table lamp
This table lamp again in the Maytime pattern has just sold on Ebay. Described as "A superb Shelley 'Art Deco' table lamp in the sought after 'Maytime' pattern, the lamp base has the green SHELLEY ENGLAND backstamp (1912 - 1925) inside, with 8787 9 hand painted in red. The base is approx 145mm high, with a major diameter of 134mm and base rim diameter of 118mm. The item is in excellent condition and free from chips, cracks, crazing, staining and restoration". There was only one bidder who secured the piece for its opening bid of £135.


A Pair of Shelley 'Pomegranate' Pattern Vases c.1928
A pair of Shelley Pomegranate pattern vases c.1928
This pair of vases appeared in Catherine Southons Auction, Selsdon, Surrey on 27 February 2019. The catalogue description read "A pair of Shelley Pomegranate pattern vases, c.1928 each of balluster form, painted with a band of fruit to the shoulders against a mottled blue ground, each with incised 'Shelley' mark to the underside (2), height 23.5cm.The pair sold below estimate (£400-600) at £300 + fees.


Shelley Maytime Tea for One

A shelley tea for one det in Maytime pattern

Just sold on Ebay this week was this tea for one set. Simply described as "A tea for one set in the Maytime pattern by Shelley, all pieces in very good condition." It caught the eye of many collectors with thirty three watching the item and nine placing a total of eighteen bids between them. The highest bid which secured the set was £258.99.


Shelley Dainty Black Cup and Saucer

Dainty Black cup and saucer
Almost impossible to find these days this duo belonged to an avid collector. The description read "Both pieces 'ring true'. I cannot find any flaws, chips, cracks, repairs, etc. to either piece". With a starting price of US$600.00 on Ebay, only two serious contenders entered the bidding competition placing five bids in total between them. The initial bidder set the bar at US$725.00 which, unsurpassed, became the winning bid.


Foley Intarsio Jardiniere Stand

Wileman Foley Intarsio Jardiniere with cranes

This rare jardiniere stand (minus its jardiniere) came up for sale in Stride & Sons' auction of antiques in Chichester on 1 February this year. Described simply as " A rare Foley Intarsio jardiniere stand painted with cranes, 73.5 cm high", no details are available regarding its condition. The bidding opened at £180.00 and the final hammer price reached £460.00 plus fees of 21.6% - a very modest price for such a rare item. Did the buyer have the matching jardiniere - if not a long search awaits!


J. F. Wileman Creamer and Sugar - 'Flower Sprays' Hand coloured Transferware c.1879

J F Wileman creamer and sugar Flower Sprays pattern Early Wileman pieces by nature are scarce. These pieces in the pattern 'Flower Sprays' carry the J F Wileman 'diamond' registration mark. The pattern has been seen before on water sets, jugs, bowls and large meat plates, but rarely on teaware. It is not surprising therefore that when listed on Ebay last week with a 'Buy it now' option, they were quickly snapped up for just under £50.00. Condition described as "having crazing typical of earthenware, overall staining of the type that may soak out, and the sugar has a large chip to the edge of the lid and a small chip to the edge of the lid. No additional chips or cracks". The creamer measures approximately 4 3/4 inches wide from spout to handle x 4 3/4 inches tall. The sugar measures approximately 6 1/2 inches wide from handle to handle x 6 3/8 inches tall. Four cups and saucers and a bowl were also offered as additionsl lots - as yet unsold.


Shelley / Wileman Daisy Blue and Gilt Coffee Pot

shelley wileman daisy blue and gilt coffee pot

This stunning 16cm high coffee pot attracted much interest when it appeared on Ebay this week. Described as "simply stunning .....wonderful and rarest of vintage Daisy shaped china .... in remarkable condition with no chips cracks or restoration ... vibrant in it's gold and blue design.." Given that description, nine bidders placed a total of twenty nine bids between them, with a final bid of £325.00 securing the item.


Wileman Intarsio Oriental Teapot by Frederick Rhead
Wileman Intarsio Oriental Teapot in Roses design
Another rare Intarsio piece has come up for auction. This Wileman Oriental teapot by Frederick Rhead attracted some specialist collectors to the lot which sold last night on Ebay. The description read "...rarest of vintage Fredick Rhead shaped china consisting of a stunning 17.8 cm high super shaped teapot. In remarkable condition with no cracks, chips, just a small very expert restoration to the tip of the spout .....stunning and vibrant in its hand painted Oriental Roses design dating from 1900". Six bidders fought for this piece placing fourteen bids between them, the final bid reaching £273.90.


A pair of Shelley lustre cylindrical vases signed Walter Slater

Pair of Walter Slater Lustre Vases

Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn have just sold this pair of Shelley lustre cylindrical vases today in their 'Antiques and Interiors' sale. 38cm high and signed by Walter Slater, one vase decorated with Chinese dragon has large chip to rim the other vase has gilding on rim rubbed. Both vases have slight crazing to interior. The auctioneers estimate of £300-400 for the pair was quickly surpassed, the pair opening at £800.00 on commission bids and finally reaching a hammer price of £950.00 + VAT and fees.


Rare 1895-1910 Wileman Foley (Shelley) INTARSIO Vase - Huge - Musical Cherubs
wWileman intarsio vase with musical cherubs No. 3001
This rare, antique Wileman Foley (pre Shelley) 'Intarsio' vase #3001 has just been auctioned on Ebay. Description reads " Features a band of musical cherubs with  and a lyre.  Band of Art Nouveau inspired flowers top and bottom. The backstamp dates from 1895-1910.  Stands 31.3cm height.  The diameter at the top is 11.1cm.  Raw unpackaged weight of 1.396kg. Presents well.  The glaze shows age related crazing.  There is a small knock to the glaze on the top rim on one side." Sixteen watchers tracked this piece with three bidders raising the winning bid to AU$360.00 (£201.54)


Shelley 'Cottage' Hand Enamelled Plaque

Shelley country cottage plaque
In 2017 we featured a similar plaque entitled 'Ducks in Flight' which at the time failed to sell on Ebay. This plaque we believe comes from the same seller and has just been acquired on a 'Buy it now' sale for £425.00. Described as "An extremely rare (never seen one before) Shelley "Cottage"  hand enamelled plaque. C.1940.  Hand enamelled / painted decoration on transfer depicting a woodland cottage scene. Beautiful gilt edged border (22 carat gold leaf used by Shelley). The border is very similar to the original Shelley point of sale shop signs from the same period.Condition: Excellent and clean with no chips, cracks, crazing, scratches or restoration. The gilt border has an odd tiny white spec where the gilt has rubbed through".


Shelley Dainty Green Miniature Cup and SaucerShelley Dainty Green cup and saucer

This diminutive cup and saucer described as 'Dainty Blue?! in perfect condition just 1.13cm high and saucer 2.37cm in diameter green and white floral marked Shelley England' has just sold on Ebay for US$843.00 (£669.00). These miniatures always command a good price and this duo was no exception. Starting at $99.99, six bidders quickly placed twelve bids between them to reach this final figure.


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 (Edinburgh) 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.