Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
ebay listing to show you something I have never seen before, at least I don't think so. The reason I say this is that if I saw one in an antiques shop I would probably walk straight by it for two reasons: I really don't like it, it's treacly coloured and ugly; secondly, I would never in a month of Sundays have thought this was by the Bishop factory. I know they produced lots of commemorative wares, but this it appears, have something to do the city of Leeds???? The hanging sheep appears in the city's coat of arms, but what this jug is commemorating I don't really know. Any ideas readers?
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 2:24 PM
John Mcinnis (Amesbury, USA) have for sale in their March sale, a ten piece dessert service by Powell & Bishop, decorated with beautiful floral centres and pink borders, reminiscent of Sevres. Take a look. Even better, take a punt!
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 2:09 PM
Friday, February 24, 2012
Back in the summer last year, at Woolley & Wallis' (Salisbury) Glass, English & European Ceramics sale, they had for sale, an Aesthetic charger by Powell & Bishop. If you have one in your own collection, do send me a pic. Well, why the mention? This is just a little plug really to say that i have consigned three arts & crafts period chargers to their sale rooms for June this year. Two of them are chargers which have handpainted designs on P&B chargers (one on a green pottery body, the other on a white). The third charger is not by P&B, but was retailed by William Mortlock. I don't know the maker of the charger but it is signed by the artist. Keep and eye on their forthcoming catalogues to take a look.
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 9:34 AM
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The above pair of Aesthetic vases are currently being sold by an online dealership in the USA. They are a really lovely example of the wares of Powell & Bishop. The dealer certainly thinks so because they have a hefty price tag of $2200 ! My heart would skip a beat if i thought they really might sell for that kind of money because as you will see in the picture below, I have a pair in a the same shape by this factory, but not the same pattern. The pattern on the ones above are, i believe, the Mikado pattern, executed in a very lovely gilt and pink coloration on a pale green base with pink legs and bottom - exquisite to my Aesthetic loving mind.. My own pair is decorated with floral sprays in a much more European style with fashionable turquoise and a blush ivory effect. What is thrilling about finding a pair for sale with such an enthusiastic price tag is that the dealer rates the design so highly that they think it deserves that kind of price, even though they have no idea who made them - or at least, without feeling the need to mention the maker. Now, I would agree that in this instance, the Mikado pattern is far superior to mine and deserves to sell for a higher price. But there's hope.
Whilst researching for this blog post, i came across a single vase that sold last year in Australia. Unfortunately, i don't know if it sold for a good price. Of course, you always get more for a pair!
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 1:52 PM
Elder Fine Art in Adelaide: a pair of Bishop & Stonier wine flagons, or early tinnies. They are listed as by the Staffordshire factory but I have never seen a pair like them, so perhaps a real rarity. The oriental style bamboo and flower type design is very of it's period, and much replicated by many Staffordshire makers from the high quality to the very basic. A quick Google search turned up examples by Brownhill and also Pinder Bourne , used on teapots; i have seen similar designs on plates, vases and bowls. Hardly a rare pattern, I admit. But for Bishop & Stonier this is a very unusual shape and they are listed also as Stoneware; again, unusual for this factory. The auction catalogue description is very sparse and there is no picture of the base markings. One can't be sure if the auctioneers have done their homework properly so it may turn out that the marking refers to another factory. So, if you're in the Adelaide area, go and take a look at them in person - you may get a rare bargain.
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 1:27 PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
auction, I have 'borrowed' the sellers photo of this wonderful Powell & Bishop jug, decorated with a design called "Autumn". The seller is in the USA so I shan't be making a bid myself, but good luck to anyone who does. It's a lovely jug, and I imagine it would perhaps have been part of a set, perhaps of 4 different seasons.
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 2:11 PM
Thursday, February 16, 2012
her for more details of condition and makers etc.
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 11:06 AM
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 3:45 PM
Friday, February 03, 2012
I hope this ebay seller will forgive me using their photo, but i hope also they will appreciate me directing you readers to their auction. This seller in America is selling off a rather large set of Powell Bishop & Stonier (P.B&S) wares in a pattern called Chelsea. It should do well in the American market as brown transfer printed wares seem to be very collectible on that side of the Atlantic. Good luck to seller and bidders alike! there are some lovely pieces on this collection.
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 2:56 PM
- Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1
- Sometimes, life doesn't turn out the way you expected. And sometimes, it is exactly as it was 'meant' to be. But whilst i'm not a believer in fate or fatalism, I do believe that life is a both a learning experience and an obstacle course to be climbed and clambered over in the most creative way possible! In doing so, you'll get to where you should be even if it's not where you'd imagined.