Bizarre at the auction


John Taylors, Louth
Antiques, Collectables, Watches, Jewellery & General, Tue 6th Sep, 10am

Robert Bell & Co, Horncastle
Period & Modern Household Furniture & Effects, Wed 28th Sep, 10am.

Golding Young, Grantham
Collective Sale, Wed & Thu 7th & 8th Sep, 10am.

Golding Young, Bourne
Collective Sale, Wed & Thu 14th & 15th Sep, 10am.
Toy, Transport & Automobilia Sale, Wed 28th Sep, 10am.

Golding Young, Lincoln
Collective Sale, Wed & Thu 21st & 22nd Sep, 10am.

Batemans of Stamford
Antiques & Specialist Collectors including the Stilton Estate Collection, Sat 3rd Sep, 10am.

Stamford Auction Rooms, Stamford
Specialist Jewellery & Silver, Fine Art & Antiques, Sat 24th Sep, 10am.

Unique Auctions, Lincoln
Three Day Antiques, Collectors & General Auction, Sat & Sun 24th & 25th Sep, 9am.

Please refer to the websites of each company to see the most recent updates on auction postponements and cancellations.

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS
Featured in:
August 2022

By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.

Salesroom offer a multitude of goods, although finding that perfect lot can take time and effort!
The internet catalogue word search feature has become a must-have tool for the collector, and to the casual auction browser searching through can have its rewards.

One of the most identifiable lots at auction is Clarice Cliff pottery.

Born in 1899, Clarice joined the Wilkinson pottery factory in 1916. Whilst there she designed and introduced the Art Deco influenced decoration known as Bizarre.

The bold colours and geometric forms are now one of the most iconic pottery designs for collectors.

Due to its popularity in the early 20th century, the Wilkinson factory production was vast, and this is reflected in the items regularly appearing in today’s auctions. However, some patterns are rarer than others, and this is reflected in the variation of prices.

At our recent Lincoln auction, a Bizarre coffee service caught the bidders’ eyes selling for £2,600.

Jewellery is another favourite, and the combination of valuable metals and precious stones always attracts bids. A longuard chain, which would have originally been used with a pocket watch but is now worn as a necklace, sold for a bid of £420.

Finally, one for the ear, a 19th-century rosewood concertina – on demand music for £600, with the bonus of a restoration project for the case.

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