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Beswick tops Whieldon in cattle market

26 May 2004Written by ATG Reporter

THE meteoric growth in demand for the rarer Beswick farm animals in good condition saw more money change hands for a 20th century Beswick Belted Galloway Bull than for an 18th century Whieldon bull and calf, at Brightwells' (15% buyer's premium) 524-lot April 28 specialist ceramic outing.

A one-off consignment from a local private source estimated to fetch £350-450, the Galloway proved a must-have for half a dozen collectors in the room and on the telephone although it was a dealer who prevailed with a winning £2050 bid.

Another dealer on the phone secured the privately consigned Whieldon bull and calf covered in a mottled green and brown glaze on a platform base.

Unlike the Galloway, it had suffered damage to its extremities and was missing its tail. “It was a rare item to find. You see Whieldon cats but don’t often get bulls,” said Brightwells specialist Geoffrey Crofts.

Its conservative estimate reflected the damage, but it fetched £1600.

The trade also overlooked condition in the case of a large 18th century salt-glazed baluster jug decorated with chinoiserie figures in a landscape. It was cracked in several places but the strong colours, the good-quality decoration and the size of the 8 1/2in (22cm) jug propelled the bidding to a winning £1350.

Elsewhere, it was the ‘there to sell’ estimates of a 25-lot collection of Staffordshire pot lids that ensured they all sold and contributed towards the £41,690 sale total.

A Belle Vue Tavern, Pegwell Bay Prattware pot lid topped the dispersal selling on the phone at £390 against pre-sale hopes of £50-70.
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