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.
1818 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%.