When an impressive Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase featured on the latest edition of The Antiques Roadshow, valuer Stephen Moore (of Anderson & Garland, Newcastle) wanted to suggest it could bring £10,000-15,000.
As is sometimes the case, the valuation was discussed and deemed
a little ambitious so it went on air on Sunday, March 22 with the
owner from Anglesea told her vase might reach £6000-8000 if sold at
Anderson & Garland did not get to test the theory, but
Adam Partridge of North Rode, near Macclesfield
did, on March 12 - two weeks before the vase was featured on the
BBC due to the delay between recording and screening.
The vase (shape 2465) stands an impressive 16 1/2in (42cm) tall
and is unusually decorated in a variation of the Lahore
pattern with moose and a giraffe, designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones.
It is a previously unknown combination of pattern and shape
- and the combination of the two was considered particularly
Adam Partridge had tempered the estimate to £3000-5000 but it
proved unnecessary. Eight telephone bidders competed for it before
it sold to a UK buyer at £14,400 (plus 15 per cent buyer's