As with many areas of collectable ceramics, the marketplace for Sylvac animals has been rather muted in recent times. But, if prices have flat-lined for most pieces then there are still collectors waiting in the wings should something truly rare present itself.
Auctioneers of Kendal found one when they sold close to 700
pieces of Sylvac for a local client on September 25.
The study of a leopard licking his paw is something of a holy
grail in Sylvac circles. This relatively complex model (numbered
1458) is recorded and pictured in all of the major reference works
but it seems only a handful were made and there are not enough to
go around the collecting community. An online price guide has it at
£220-320 but here bidding reached £800.
Rabbits, the most popular pieces from Sylvac's famous animal
range were seen in a large variety of forms, sizes and glaze
colours. Rarities included a chestnut version of the Lop Eared
Rabbit (model 1303) sold at £130 (a similar model in yellow took
£100), Harry the Hare in green (model 1300) sold at £110 and a
version of the classic seated bunny in a pink/purple glaze hammered
down at £120.
The buyer's premium was 15%.