English Porce­lain

Still a vi­brant mar­ket in 2018

Devon Life - - Promot I O N - Se­nior Con­sul­tant

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.

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