Woolley & Wallis sold a collection of Martinware, November 27, 2019


Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, England, held a British Pottery sale on November 27, 2019. Included in the sale was a nice selection of Martinware from two major collections. Following are some of the results.

Martin Brothers bird tobacco jar, Woolley & Wallis lot #6

The top lot of the Martinware selection was #6, an attractive, 10½” tall, bird tobacco jar. It sold below its pre-sale low estimate of £30,000, realizing £36,400 ($47,056), including buyer’s premium. I suggest that the estimate of £30,000 – £50,000 was a bit too aggressive.

Martin Brothers Birdman tobacco jar, Woolley & Wallis lot #5

The second highest lot of the Martinware grouping was #5, a rare 9¼” tall Birdman tobacco jar. It sold within its pre-sale estimate of £25,000 – £30,000, realizing £33,800 ($43,695), including buyer’s premium.

Martin Brothers aquatic jar, Woolley & Wallis lot #4

Lot # 4 was a very fine, 8″ tall, aquatic covered jar. It exceeded its high estimate of £10,000, realizing £15,600 ($20,167), including buyer’s premium.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

No shows until May when we’ll exhibit at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design show at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It’s a beautiful show in a wonderful venue. The dates are May 14-17, 2020. So put it on your calendar and make plans to visit. You’ll thank me.

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