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A Visit to Hill Top – The Home of Beatrix Potter

A Visit to Hill Top – The Home of Beatrix Potter

One of the highlights during a recent visit to the Lake District was a visit to Hill Top the home of Beatrix Potter. The house (an other properties) were left by Beatrix Potter when she died in 1943 to the National Trust and is open to visitors throughout most of […]

Happy Moomins Day 2018

Happy Moomins Day 2018

Today is Moomins Day. Happy Moomins Day to all. It also sees the launch of  a special Moomin Mug which will is only available for 24 hours. Moomin Day is celebrated every year on 9 August which is the birthday of M0omin creator Tove Jansson. This years mug shows ‘ A warm moment […]

Trail Of Painted Ponies Collectors Appreciation Month 2018

Trail Of Painted Ponies Collectors Appreciation Month 2018

August is Trail Of Painted Ponies Collectors Appreciation Month and available FREE to collectors are four designs available FREE to any collector who buys two other ponies. There are four different ponies available throughout the month FREE Old Country Store August 1 – 9 FREE The Prairie Princess August 10 – […]

World’s Rarest Star Wars Figures Collection

World’s Rarest Star Wars Figures Collection

A 33-piece collection of some of the rarest Star Wars action figure prototypes will be of great interest to Star Wars collectors at Heritage Auctions sale on the 2nd to 4th August. The owner of the collection, collected only the rarest examples of figures released in the late 1970’s and […]

Royal British Legion Lest We Forget Limited Edition Anita Harris Art Pottery

Royal British Legion Lest We Forget Limited Edition Anita Harris Art Pottery

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War The Royal British Legion are launching their Lest We Forget Appeal. They have been working with potters in Stoke-on-Trent including Anita Harris to create commemorative pieces of pottery. Anita Harris Art Pottery have created 5 special pieces including: 24cm Vase […]

Plates From Napoleon’s ‘Marly Rouge’ Service sell £81,250

Plates From Napoleon’s ‘Marly Rouge’ Service sell £81,250

Twelve plates from the famous ‘Marly Rouge‘ dessert service made at the Sèvres porcelain factory for the Emperor Napoleon in 1809, and delivered to the Château of Fontainebleau, sold for £81,250 at Bonhams Fine European Ceramics Sale in London on Thursday 5 July. The 12 plates were estimated at £70,000-90,000. The hand-painted […]

Guinness Posters of John Gilroy

Guinness Posters of John Gilroy

John Gilroy’s iconic artwork, designs and influence for the Guinness advertising campaigns, from 1928 to the 1960s, are still current today and the original Guinness posters are very collectable. John Gilroy was responsible for some of the most famous advertising campaigns in history and helped turn around the fortunes of Guinness […]

Quentin Blake A Retrospective at Christies

Quentin Blake A Retrospective at Christies

The Quentin Blake A Retrospective is running at Christies from the 3rd to the 12th July, and includes 178 lots from Quentin Blake’s personal collection, being offered at live auction and an online sale. The sales comprise works from the past 40 years of his career, including illustrations of characters that have […]

Buddy Holly Royal Doulton Character Jug

Buddy Holly Royal Doulton Character Jug

Buddy Holly Royal Doulton Character Jug We still love the Royal Doulton character jugs at WCN. There have been many great examples, and now is a great time to collect as the prices of most models are way below their peak. The Buddy Holly Character Jug has a design number D7100 […]

A Midwinter Zambesi pattern dinner service designed by Jessie Tait

Jessie Tait Designs for Midwinter Pottery

Post-war ceramics arrived in an explosion of style and colour, creating contemporary ‘new look’ that is so desirable among collectors today. One of the most innovative potteries was Midwinter Pottery, largely due to one of its most celebrated designers – Jessie Tait. She was the only full time in-house designer […]