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Current Exhibitions & Reviews
At the Walters Museum in Baltimore, MD, the “Majolica Mania” Exhibition brings visitors back to the Victorian era and highlights the beauty and inventiveness of a once wildly popular ceramic. Held March 13–August 7, 2022.
Upcoming Auctions & Results
Bonhams Skinner April 2022 Sale Highlights
The European Décor & Design auction, that included 195 lots of Wedgwood, took place in a timed online format on April 12th. Primarily from the collections of Glen Haimes of New York and Norm & Romaine Jacobs of California, nearly half the lots comprised multiple pieces, designed more for dealers than collectors.
Of all the categories of Wedgwood represented, crimson jasper dip continues to hold its value, while the yellow with black relief did not produce the results expected. Fairyland Lustre was strong, and clearly there is a market for bin labels! Below a few highlights. The entire sale results can be viewed at Skinner Auctions.
- Staffordshire Creamware Melon Teapot, attributed to Wedgwood, c1766: $9500 (est. $1000-2000)
- Basalt Dolphin Incense Burner, 19th c, 5”: $1100 (est. $300-500)
- Yellow Dip Jasper w/ black Vase, c1930, 10”: $75 (est. $150-250)
- 16 Creamware & Biscuit Bin Labels, 19th c: $900 (est.$200-400)
- Golconda Vase, late 19th c, 16”: $1100 (est.$500-700)
- Fairyland Lustre Melba Bowl, c1925, 8”: $2300 (est. $1200-1800)
Bonhams Skinner Upcoming Wedgwood Sale
Many objects from the Wedgwood blue jasper collection of the late Michael & Naomi Herman of NY are offered at the Skinner Discovery sale commencing on May 28 and ending June 7.
Upcoming Antiques Shows
Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915
The examples in this publication, to include Wedgwood, reflect a range of 19th-century preoccupations, from botany and zoology to popular humor and the macabre, and demonstrate wares used in domestic settings to monumental pieces. Purchase at Yale University Press
The Radical Potter: The Life and Times of Josiah Wedgwood
by Tristram Hunt
A scintillating biography of Josiah Wedgwood, the celebrated eighteenth-century potter, entrepreneur, and abolitionist. Purchase on Amazon
Newsworthy Bits & Bytes
A Call for Images
In January, the Wedgwood Society of Boston will be hosting a Zoom discussion with former Wedgwood master potter and specialist artisan, Dale Bowen. We are seeking images of pieces created by Dale while at the company. If you have any in your collection and would be willing to share images, please contact Adele at WSBbarnett48@gmail.com. Thank you.
Bonhams Acquires Skinner
Yes, it’s true, the global auction house Bonhams has acquired Skinner, senior VP Stuart Slavid reports. Bonhams and Skinner are a great match. With its international reach, Bonhams brings the world to New England, and gives our world-class specialists global access. We are all really excited at the potential created by bringing these businesses together.
Skinner is such an iconic presence in New England, and much-loved and celebrated for the rich treasures it offers. It also has a well-established digital footprint throughout North America that complements Bonhams’ presence which will allow both companies to reach more consignors and buyers. The acquisition will enhance the local to global strategy that underpins Bonhams’ strength in the core market.
Bonham’s loves everything that Skinner brings to the table. Our long history, our excellent staff and depth of knowledge and our strength in the marketplace.
Submitted by Adele Barnett
This Sake set was created by Wedgwood’s former potter, Dale Bowen, an artisan known mostly for his Sgraffito and Pate-sur-Pate style in 21st century ceramics. Made in solid pale blue jasper and dipped in midnight blue slip, it is then incised to simulate grains of rice and accented with dots of white slip. Made in 2004 for the Japanese market, I acquired this at the then retail store of Wedgwood headquarters, in Barlaston, England.
Submitted by Liz Collins
This c1800 Wedgwood blue and white Jasper pendant in the form of a cross, backed with metal, was given to me by my grandparents Captain Edward and Anne Holdstock, who were also my godparents, the day I was confirmed. It was purchased in June 1962 at D.M.P. Manheim, an antiques dealer at the time, located on 57th street in New York City.