Antiques & Collections: Chelsea Porcelain – AgriNews

Chelsea porcelain was made in Chelsea, England around 1750. One of the famous pieces is the ‘Goat and Bee’ milk jug designed by Nicholas Sprimont (1716-1771). He was born in Liège, in present-day Belgium, and began working in London around 1742.

An auction of important antique china was held recently by Doyle in New York and goat and bee jugs were sold. Each was marked with the incised triangle and writing mark used by the Chelsea Porcelain Factory and designed by Sprimont.

The jug has an irregular pear shape and is decorated with colorful flowers. A goat rests on one side of the base and another goat sits on the other side.

A large black bee with yellow wings sits on a flower. The jug measures 4 1/4 inches tall.

The goat and bee jug at the Doyle auction sold for $3,780.

Q: I still have some of my daughter’s Polly Pockets, which were popular in the 1990s. Are they collectible?

Polly Pockets were manufactured by the British company Bluebird Toys beginning in 1989. Polly Pocket toys were plastic cases that opened to form a dollhouse or other playsets for Polly Pocket dolls.

The 1-inch-tall dolls folded down the middle, like the case, and had circular bases that sank into holes inside the case. The dolls also came in the form of pendants or large rings.

In the late 1990s Mattel purchased the company and redesigned a new, larger Polly Pocket. In 2002, Mattel stopped producing the smaller Polly Pockets, but continued to manufacture the larger fashion doll.

Polly Pocket toys made by Bluebird are collectible and often rare. The most valuable vintage Polly Pockets were released between 1989 and 1998.

Current prices

Ruse-glass socksblown, yellow amber, round top, tapered handle with sheared and ground end, American, 1840-1870, 6 inches, $60.

Lamp, electric, white marble base, cylinder on block, conical four-sided sharkskin shade, Italy, c. 1950, 20 inch, $470.

Native American pottery traySan Ildefonso, black ceramic, black feather design, signed on base “Maria & Santana”, mid 20th century, 15 1/4 inches, $630.

Board GameParcheesi, checkerboard reverse, wood panels, multicolor paint, silver leaf accents, hinge, folds in half, 21 x 20 3/4 inches, $1,125.

Point: Use your grandmother’s good dishes. Who do you keep them for?

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