I have a Crown Devon Feildings, Stoke on Trent vase,Crown Devon,numbered17. R9N G53216 spring .with another black ink signature on it. Please can you tell me if it is valuable?
Hi! My name is XXXXX XXXXX X would be happy to help with your Crown Devon vase.
Just to confirm, the pattern looks like this? Correct? (Vase shape may be different)
And the mark on the base looks like this? (The black ink mark may be different)
The Rd No is actually 653216 (although I do admit that 6 does look like a G) which is a British Design Registry number. Like a patent number, the design numbers can be traced to a particular year of issue and in this case it's the year is 1915, right in the middle of World War I. So the design of your vase is no older than 1915 and is very likely a little younger since it was such a popular one and kept in production by Fieldings well into the 1920s.
Most design numbers seem to refer to the shape rather than the decoration but in this case it is the decoration, a wonderful period piece floral pattern called "Spring" on a graduated peach blush ground.
Staffordshire makers such as Fieldings were competing with a successful but much more expensive pottery series being produced by Royal Worcester at the time called 'Blush Ivory'. And each of the "me too" potteries came out with their own take on it.
Fieldings' "Crown Devon" version compared extremely well on both price and quality, and became very popular and successful, and theirs came to be known as Crown Devon 'Blushware'. There were many slight floral variations of Blushware, each with its own name, the common ones being Don, Ely, Etna, Eva, Oban, Windsor and your pattern Spring, to name but few.
Crown Devon Blushware continued its success right up to WWII but, as I say, yours is from the early period and this is confirmed by the backstamp as the Fieldings name was dropped from the mark in 1929 when it became simply "Crown Devon".
There is still a good steady market for "Spring".
If your vase is 7 to 9 inches tall or thereabouts and you were to see it for sale in an antique store it would have a retail (or replacement) value of about $225.00.
Expect to get about 40 - 50% of that value if you were to sell at auction or on-line.
I do hope this helps!
Let me know if I can be of further assistance,
Best wishes from rainy south Tennessee, USA.
Thankyou so very much, yes that is the design of flowers but the vase is a taller one with 3 little gold cab type feet and is a bout 6inches across and shaped like a tube.2. the ink marks match those you have demonstrated. Where would one sell such a vase please? thankyou ,Anne.
Good I am glad we are on the same page! I know the one you are describing though the different shapes do not seem to command significantly different prices.
As to where to sell yours, the best option would be to consign if for sale at your local high end auction house and ensure that you and the auctioneer agree on a reserve price so as to protect your investment.
There is also eBay if you don't mind packing and shipping.
And the New Zealand based TradeMe which seems to list quite a lot of Crown Devon.
You can also ask your local antique store if they will sell it on commission for you. Commission rates are usually about 30% or so. If you go this route, though, you may get a better price, but you could also be waiting for over a year for it to sell.
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