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Prices of all ceramics and collectables vary enormously as fashions change.  Scrolling through eBay listings is perhaps as good a place as any to get up-to-date values for Poole Pottery, just because so much is sold on there each week.  Typically, in recent years, there have been over 3000 listings each week within the Poole Pottery category on

When looking at prices on eBay, obviously the only price that matters is the final value at which the items sell, and not the starting price or current highest bid.  Like many ebay listings, sellers often (and to good effect) set low starting prices (often £0.99), and over the course of the week these may not increase by much until the final few hours of the sale, and will often more than double within the last minute, or seconds!

Prices for "buy-it-now" items can vary quite widely, some been very unrealistic.  One effect of this that I've noticed is that when a fairly commonplace piece of pottery, for example, tableware is listed at a very high asking price, within weeks half a dozen more will be listed as cheaper buy-it-now's, or for auction.  It maybe that this might act to push prices up, but I also read somewhere on-line, that another effect of eBay is to make the genuinely rare appear much more commonplace and it may, in that way, deflate prices.  Who knows!

Anyway, the graphs below chart sale prices (including postage charges) for some of the more common pieces sold on ebay to give some idea of trends.  The first is for identical Ice Green Poole Pottery Toast Racks sold during last few years.

 

 

Poole Pottery Twintone Ice Green Toast Rack

eBay sale prices for the traditional Poole Pottery vase below (pattern OR, shape number 354) have shown a wide fluctuation.  As far as I could tell  these vases were all of similar quality and I think the range of prices reflects occasional unpredictability of auctions.

 

Traditional Poole Vase OR 354 Gertie Warren

 

As you can see, at the moment I don't have very much data to show.  So if you fancy tracking some live listings yourself, have a look at the widgets below.  Use the arrows to scroll through live listings, or follow the links, and (if your already an ebay member) add them to "Watched Items". Alternatively, if you like what you find, and want to earn me some commission (at no extra cost to yourself), make a bid.

 

 

 Art Deco

Freeform

Delphis

 

Generally, the earlier Poole pieces, from whichever era, attract higher values, as do larger pots and ones that have fuller decoration.  Condition is also important.  Crazing is acceptable and to be expected both on the older traditional Poole Pottery and on the decorated surfaces of Delphis ware, but any chips or cracks will seriously reduce the value of a pot.

There are also premiums attached to pots that can be identified as being painted by particular decorators.  For example, traditional pottery painted by Ruth Pavely and Anne Hatchard attract higher prices because, during their careers, both women were influential in the development of designs at Poole.  Other pots are more valuable because they were made in relatively small numbers.  Perhaps because they were relatively expensive to produce (and therefore buy, and sold in smaller quantities), or because they were generally less popular/attractive to the shoppers at the time.  This is true both for complete ranges such as “Atlantis” or particular patterns and shapes.  (See my Marks page for help in identifying and dating Poole Pottery and tips in spotting any look-a-likies.)

Delphis Ware

It’s a little harder to get reliable values for Delphis ware, mainly because this pottery is so individual.  The decorators hand can be seen far more clearly in these than in the patterns designed in earlier years.  Some designs are stronger than others, more defined and richer in colour and texture, while others appear to have “gone a bit wrong” in the firing.  Earlier pieces (pre 1971), get higher prices as these are perhaps more cutting-edge, more individual, and the decorators in the early years apparently had more time to spend on each piece.  Those marked “Studio” or ones with blue rather than black stamps are the earliest and usually most expensive.

Among the later pieces, more popular (and immediately identifiable) decorators seem to command relatively higher prices, e.g. Carol Cutler, Sarah Worral, Wendy Smith.   I’m sure all collectors will have their own favourite decorators. mine I guess are Carolyn Bartlett, Jean Millership and Pamela Bevans.

 

There's a 1973 Poole sales catalogue which gives prices for new Delphis plates shown below.

 

Shape 

Number       

 

 

49 (5" dish)

 

3 (8" dish)

 

4 (10" dish)

 

5 (14" dish

 

54 (16" dish)

1973 Retail

 Price

 

 

0.50p

 

£1.34

 

£2.32

 

£4.38

 

£7.15

Equivalent Retail 

Price for 2010 

 

£4.86

 

£13.01

 

£22.72

 

£41.95

 

£67.97

Rob's Best Guess 

at the 2010 Going Rate for 1973 Delphis

 

£15.00

 

£22.00

 

£40.00

 

£90.00

 

£160.00

So it looks like Delphis turned out to be a reasonable investment for buyers at the time.  

The 1973 catalogue also gives prices for the then new Aegean range which was more expensive than Delphis.  Delphis 8 inch dish £1.34: Aegean 8 inch dish £1.60.  This I guess reflected both the increased cost of producing Aegean, and  the continued downgrading of Delphis, that about this time was redefined as "gift ware".  Unfortunately, at £15.54 in 2010 money for an 8 inch Aegean plate, brought from new and cared for for 38 years, you might only just get your money back today.  But then how do you put a price on all thse years of enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiles by Alfred Read in the mid-1950's

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