Bears Grease Manufacturer pot lid

Pick of the week: Bear essential of the pot lid field

14 August 2023

A single-lot auction conducted by the sealed bids process has set a record for a transfer printed pot lid.


John Ward pot sets a new auction record at Dreweatts

17 July 2023

A large stoneware vessel by studio potter John Ward (1938- 2023) sold for £35,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of a private collection of his work offered by Dreweatts on July 11.


Pick of the week: Mexican jar is choc full of saleroom interest

31 October 2022

In colonial Mexico cacao beans and vanilla pods assumed a similar status to tea leaves in England.

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Artisan stories: Four cases of contemporary art and craft supported by the antiques trade

24 September 2019

Auction houses Bonhams and Sworders, dealer association BADA, and the Goldsmith Company have all supported craftspeople and artists in new initiatives this autumn.


Clear demand for black and white classic John Ward

02 April 2018

Selling just short of the auction record, this 10in (26cm) tall stoneware pot, below, by John Ward (b.1938) went to an online bidder on at £17,500 at Rogers Jones (20% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff.


Three auctioneers look to the future

27 April 2005

SPECIAL Auction Services, the West Berkshire auctioneers best known for regular sales of commemoratives and pot lids, are themselves on the market.

Your guide to the four Rs

08 September 2004

Pot-Lids and other Coloured Printed Staffordshire Wares: Reference and Price Guide by KV Mortimer, published by the Antique Collectors’ Club, ISBN 1851494383, £35hb. ALL the literature on pot lids is now well over 20 years old – the ACC’s last book on the subject, The Price Guide to Pot-Lids and other Under-Glazes, was published in 1970 and again in 1980.


Lambeth tows the line at BBR

22 June 2004

RARELY one to miss a commercial opportunity, from pub jugs to caviar pots, Henry Doulton’s potworks in Lambeth produced stoneware advertising novelties for many local businesses. There are, for example, a series of paperweights made for the Thames boat people carrying the names of the companies who commissioned them as gifts for their best clients.


A rare chamber pot with commercial appeal

22 November 2003

This unmarked mid-19th century chamber pot was one of the choice lots in the mixed-vendor section of Dreweatt Neate’s recent sale.