Readers are advised to be wary of cut-price Whitefriars Drunken Bricklayer vases – they may be fakes.
In recent weeks several of the suspect vases have appeared on
eBay and at general fairs.
They purport to be small 8in (20cm) high examples of the unusual
Green Meadow colourway that typically sells for around £300.
Other colour variations, different from those used by Geoffrey
Baxter at Whitefriars in the late 1960s, are also thought to be
circulating and have made substantial sums given their apparent
At source the vases were listed on eBay as copies and were sold by
the seller/maker at a large discount to original Baxter vases.
However, it has not taken long for them to fall into the hands of
unscrupulous or unknowing dealers who are selling them as the real
Willie Clegg of Whitefriars specialists The Country Seat in
Huntercombe, Henley-on-Thames told ATG the fakes had only been
around for a few weeks and still make up only a very small
percentage of the Green Meadow Drunken Bricklayer vases on the
market. There was, he said, small differences in the surface
pattern to the central brick and a marked difference in colour that
distinguish the new from the old. "Baxter in particular was a
stickler for colour. Whitefriars colours are generally very
consistent," he said.
As always, if in doubt consult a specialist.