Published 20th July 2012
Although the highest price in the ceramics section of the auction was £12,000 for a pair of Meissen Mayflower vases, there were pleasing signs elsewhere. Consigned from Dorset, lot 513, was an opposing pair of Kangxi style vases which sold for £5,800 a good price for a pair of 19th century vases which indicates that the right kind of decoration coupled with pristine condition is still eagerly sought by the Chinese.
A little closer to home was lot 522, a Bovey Tracey creamware jug inscribed Silvester Treleavan, Moreton Hampstead 1808. The Treleavan family ran the post office at Moretonhampstead in Devon for generations and Silvester kept a diary (now accessible on the web) that spanned several decades. Selling at £850, it sold to a branch of the family that moved all the way to Cornwall.
If asked where do fairies come from, I couldn’t say! However, I can tell you that lot 529 a Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase designed by the Devon educated Daisy Makeig Jones and in the Pillars pattern has gone to the home counties after selling to a private collector for £4,600.