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This unusual piece is from Spode Copeland and dates to the late Victorian period. It is transfer printed in blue and white in the Willow pattern with the Fitzhugh border. The detail suggests it is the Mandarin II variant and it is in a bright royal blue. The set comprises bowl with lid and base with integral small pot and inset along with a scrolled over handle and shell finish end. It clearly has a specific purpose, but I can't reference the body despite having a number of reference works inlcuding the specific Spode Willow book. The bowl has been split in two and it was cherished enough to have repaired, and it has a staple repair typical of travelling tinkers during the late 19th century. The mark is the green Spode Copland rectangle seen quite frequently during the later 19th century. There is also a clay mark which appears to be the date code for April 1885. All in all it is a very interesting piece, and if you can shed light on the specific use that would be great.

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A group of three pieces of Copeland Spode's blue and white Italian pattern. There is a cream or milk jug, a shaped dish and a small either trinket dish or for small accompaniments. Each piece has the Spode mark to the underside and he larger dish has a date code for February 1928. The other pieces do not carry date codes but are probably broadly similar in date.

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The cream jug has a slight surface tear inside the pouring spout (from production). Otherwise just minor period wear and some underglaze marks from production to the reverse of the larger dish.



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A set of four Spode Blue Italian crescent shaped dishes. These can be used for side salads, entrees, olives, accompaniments etc. Each has the Copeland Spode's mark to the reverse and some also have the impressed Copeland mark and printed numbers to the reverse. One example has a clay date mark for July 1926, another has a similar partial mark and two seem without the clay marks. This suggests inter war period for production, which does seem early for these dishes in this form.

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All in good order, some slight glaze pops. They certainly look fresher than their date marks suggest.



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An early 20th century Art Nouveau nicely shaped shield or 'angel wing' mirror. This kind of mirror was often used in a hall or toilet and the actual glass area is small relative to the frame. The wood is oak and nicely grained as well polished. There are metal studs for further decoration and the edge of the wood is profiled. A useful item and very Nouveau in style.

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Nice grain and polishing to the wood. Aging to the metal studs. Some lines and aging to the silvering in the mirror, quite minor and giving that aged look which is often sought after. Strengthener bar to rear to stabilise some shrinkage splits. Surface good for period, some marks and wear but much less than average for age.



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A Royal Worcester china plate hand painted with a marine scene by Raymond Rushton. The scene captures a choppy sea with small boat, rocks in the background and pastel coloured sky, and seems to take reference from Scottish School works. The plate has a gently scalloped rim which is gilded. The Worcester mark is in puce to the reverse and there is the date code for 1919 making this just after WWI and George V in period. The work is signed by the artist to the lower right side. Rushton was noted for the extra detail he put into his work compared to many of the other artists and also did the colouring work for may of Harry Davis' landscape works. Interestingly he was also known as an insomniac and for dozing at the factory.

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Very good order, minimal wear for period. Particularly attracting and serene colouring considering the choppy sea.


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A Royal Worcester plate hand painted with blackberries by Kitty Blake. Ms Blake was one of the best fruit painters at Worcester and her blackberries subjects are arguably unsurpassed by any of the other Worcester painters. It is also nice to fine a plate with this decoration as it far more commonly found on vases and pot pourri. This rendition also inlcudes the blossom and autumnal leaves and the rim is gently scalloped. The ground glaze is ivory and there is the Worcester mark in pink to the underside. The date code is for 1937, just before the breakout of hostilites in WWII.

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Very good order, slight wear and a few tiny glaze scratches.



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A Royal Copenhagen mid century Flora Danica plate. The most famous of this factories production, the Flora Danica range was named after the botanical encyclopedia from which the subjects were taken. Originally produced for the Danish royal family in the very first years of the 19th century this range has been coveted ever since and is produced to the highest level of quality. Each piece is of course hand painted and Royal Copenhagen makes a point of mentioning no two pieces are ever quite the same.

This example has the date code for 1969-73 and has the highly prized reticulated and toothed rim painted in gold and gently scalloped overall. The subject is Vaccinium Uliginosum (a member of the bilberry family). The plate body is the 10" version making it a dinner plate in the nomenclature. One interesting thing I have noted over the years is that while most ceramics tend to peak and fall in price over time, Flora Danica only ever seems to rise year on year -so if you are planning on putting together a collection and have the money, you perhaps won't want to put off starting.

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A Royal Worcester blush ivory glaze vase modelled after a nautilus shell. The shell body is held aloft by branching coral and further smaller shells decorate the base. The colour of the main shell form blends from the ivory through the peach tones. Gilt has been used to line the rim, and pick out details in the body. It has the Worcester mark in puce to the underside and the date code is for 1905 making the period Edwardian. It also has the impressed Worcester mark next to this.

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Good order, some gilt wear as expected for the period.



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An interesting Dutch delft pottery vase. It is of double gourd form with ribbing to the lower body. It is quite finely painted for delft with profuse floral patterns and four marine/windmill scenes. The base is marked with a stylised LE, this being the original mark of Lambertus van Eenhoorn of the De Metale Pot works during the late 17th and early 18th century, a similar mark was also used by Louwys Fictoor, but again there does appear to be disparity. Although the vase looks quite early the mark appears too carefully crafted for Eenhoorn and the subject matter and decorative form does not match those in museum collections. The item is perhaps instead late 18th or early 19th century copying the style and mark as was common in ceramic production during this period. It is certainly a nice example and perhaps worth further investigation should you have access to the right reference material.

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Chips to base and rim. Minor wear. Some glaze pops and glaze flaws from production with vertical lines of the body beneath just visible in places where the Read more

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A vintage Chinese pale lemon ground pate-sure-pate vase. It has prunus decoration in white with birds in flight and comes with what appears to be the original hardwood stand. The body is porcelain with a white glazed interior. This example is unmarked and similar examples are also often found with pseudo marks of earlier periods however they date to the third quarter of the 20th century. Although not antique they are hand made to a high standard and are beatifully decorative pieces in their own right.

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Very good order, slight glaze flaws from production as is normal for these hand made pieces.



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