Still a vibrant market in 2018
Although Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art usually take the headlines when it comes to high prices achieved at auction, the market for traditional 18th and 19th century English porcelain is also a healthy one with collectors and dealers competing strongly for the best and rarest prices. As with any market, fashion ebbs and flows and at present pieces from Chelsea, Lowestoft, Worcester and smaller ‘early’ factories such as Limestone and ‘Girl in a Swing’ are particularly sought after but the old saying about buying what you really like will stand you in good stead and will avoid any worries regarding the vagaries of the market. Also an interest in a particular factory can lead to a huge amount of enjoyable research regarding the characters involved, the premises of the factory and the ingredients of the porcelain produced. In many cases, the pottery owners and workers were nothing short of heroes, working in the middle years of the 18th century and in very difficult circumstances, both financially and physically.
To illustrate this article, I have chosen five lots which performed extremely well in our Fine Art Auctions during the past year. However, in order to demonstrate that there are good and attractive pieces to be found even if your budget is somewhat limited, I also include the Bow polychrome creamboat (circa 1760) which sold for an affordable £220 (Lot 6). A charming piece in perfect condition which cannot fail to give pleasure to its new owner and will surely show a modest increase in value over the years ahead.