I have a complete bone china coffee set, Royal Doulton, from a limited production line of 25 sets I believe, each piece numbered and signed on the bottom and I believe dated from the fifties. The theme is fox hunting. It belongs to my friend and she wants to sell it now. I would greatly value your estimate. (I have photographs.)
Nothing yet. I'm in the midst of getting it valued here in Japan.
I'm still here. I'll be right with you.
And can you tell me how many, or about how many pieces complete the set, as well as the condition? Any chips, cracks, significant paint loss, etc?
Hello Diane. No, it's not like that. I The picture didn't make it? I have photos of the set and the hallmark and makers signature
There are no cracks or chips. 6 cups/saucers, sugar basin, 2 pots and a milk jug.
OK, can I see a photo?
I'd like to send you the pictures, How?
BRB = be right back
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Hmm. Trying again
Would it look like this?
That picture didn't work well. I'm trying again with smallest file I can do.
Did it work this time?
OH! I see your photo now. It has foxes! I thought it was fox hunting. Thank you. Let me do some research. My aplogies. No need for a photo.
The hunting part is indicated in the rider's crop which is the handle and the whip winds round the base of each piece. The pattern is embossed (right word? it's a raised pattern not just painted)
I am in Japan and my friend, the owner, is in England asking antique shops there.
First, I'd like to compliment your friend on this beautiful set and for keeping it in such pristine condition all this time. Very nice!Next, I'd like her to know that it is going to be very difficult, if not impossible for me to find another 'set' as complete as hers, so I have to research what various pieces have sold for and get an estimate from there.Also realize that you she is in England, and I'm in the US, so the value may differ slightly, depending on the economy over there. I am looking at past auction sites to find the most recent values.BRB.
ROYAL DOULTON TEA SET, 20 PIECESAuction "estimate" back in 2010 was $200 - $400. I cannot see what the final bid was (possibly higher) unless I want to subscribe to the site for $25 and I can't do that, but here is just one idea (so far). BRBhttp://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/7505864
Also the exchange rate will count. A friend here, worked for a museum once, is going to get me a valuation here, I think/hope. Thanks for researching.
Right. Exchange rate. Dollars vs. Euros
OK, first, through the following link, plus others, I've found this set is titled 'Reynard the Fox'. I am going to write more info. BRB.
I lost you by clicking on the link. I don't know what I missed
That converts to $291 USD.
Your picture where I lost you on a website was the same design as mine and this decription fits. Coffee cans? I don't have that.
Can I save this chat?
_________While yet an online seller is asking 54.99 (pounds) for just a cup and saucer. Also in the UK.http://www.classic-vintage.co.uk/product_info.php/royal-doulton-reynard-the-fox-cup-saucer-p-307
___________Like I said, I think that Bonham's auction price was low, especially for a set. It was probably bought by an antiques dealer who will mark the price up.
___________This is a better example to show your friend:This seller had just cups/saucers, and is selling them individually on eBay. He or she has sold 2 cups/saucers at $75 USD. That is $75 for just a cup and saucer! (and she still has one left to sell)http://cgi.ebay.com/Royal-Doulton-Reynard-Fox-Demitasse-Cup-Saucer-/300509089930?_trksid=m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D50%26pmod%3D390336491539%26ps%3D50
______________Now that I've managed to confuse you....
I'm very surprised that selling them separately, breaking up the set, is more valuable that a whole set! Is that right?
She probably had an odd number. Probably originally had four, and one broke.
In England, sets are usually 6. (Thus I have 6 cups/saucers)
I would put a 'true' retail value of approx. $800 - $900 USD on the complete set if she wants to wait for the right buyer. If she wants to sell them 'quickly', she could ask $400-$500.
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I see. That helps. £175 for one cup/saucer x 6 = thousand pounds and that leaves out the pots jugs and sugar basic.
Seems advantageous to sell separately? That seems odd to me.
How do I save this chat, Diane? I want to refer to it.
Sometimes people are missing just one or a couple pieces and want to complete their set without buying a whole set. Sometimes someone collects foxes and wants a whole set. It all depends. Personally, I wouldn't break it up. I'd sell it complete.Meanwhile, I am switching us over from the "chat" version (now), to the email version. It is still very simple to use. I just don't want you to panic when you see a different screen in front of you.
Yeah, I panic easily!
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Yes. Thank you very much
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Thank you so much for your fast and clear advice. It was very helpful.
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