The market demand for Moorcroft was ever strong during The British & International Ceramics & Glass Auction, held March 24th. Leading the way was lot 530, a beautiful pair of Moorcroft for MacIntyre Florianware vases. The vases are in lovely condition and they are excellent examples of early and fine Moorcroft. The hammer landed on £1800. Next up was lot 481, a Moorcroft chrysanthemum pattern vase. After fierce competition in the room, online and on the phones, this vase eventually sold for £1400 hammer.
The auction continued to move from strength to strength, with the McTear’s cover star, lot 506, the Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre vase, making £2000 hammer. This pattern was designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones; she worked for Wedgwood in 1909, and ‘Fairyland Lustre’ is her signature design, depicting fanciful scenes in striking, bright colours. Another Fairyland Lustre vase followed, lot 507, decorated with the ‘Tree Serpent’ pattern. This vase was slightly smaller and less lavishly decorated, although competition for the vase was strong, and the hammer landed on £850. Proving that the market is strong for the ‘household’ names of British ceramics, Royal Crown Derby sold very well at auction, with a pair of ‘old imari’ candlesticks making £750 hammer.
It is also worth mentioning that hammer results for Meissen were strong, with a pair of Meissen porcelain figure candelabra, lot 498, selling for £520, and a pair of 18th century Meissen figural salts, lot 535, achieving £380 hammer, proving that Meissen, despite changing fashions, can still achieve good results when the quality and age is present.