Rare relic of Staffordshire’s rich pottery history found in Lichfield home

Posted on 27/10/2020 in Press Coverage

A rare relic of Staffordshire’s rich pottery history has turned up in Lichfield – and could sell for £1,000 at auction.

The vase, made by the world-famous Wedgwood factory and known as jasperware, dates back to circa 1900 and is unusual due to its colour. It was found by Hansons’ associate director Adrian Rathbone during a routine home visit to assess antiques and collectables.

The classic shade of Jasperware, a type of stoneware with a matt ‘biscuit’ finish developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s, is blue. However, other hues were developed.

Mr Rathbone said: “The Lichfield vase offers a more unusual combination of sage and dusky pink elements on a cream ground. The form is typically neo-classical and timeless with sprigged decoration of acanthus leaves, swags, musical trophies and classical medallions. The high society of 18th Century Lichfield would have been familiar with this type of pottery.”

Estimated to fetch in the region of £700-£1,000, the vase is being offered in Hansons’ December 4 Staffordshire Country House Christmas Fine Art Auction. Entries of jewellery, watches, silver, glass, porcelain, paintings, books are currently being invited for inclusion.

FREE antiques valuations

Free valuations are held every Thursday, 10am to 4pm, at Hansons Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, ST17 OXN (20 minutes’ drive from Lichfield). Free home visits may be requested for large/multiple items, estate clearance or downsizing advice.

For further information or advice, please contact Adrian Rathbone, Head of Fine Arts on 01889 882397 or [email protected]