Lovely to look at, delightful to hold...

I received an email update this week from Skinner, Inc. about their upcoming July 10th auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts. The auction will feature the Wedgwood collection of Joe Skirchak and Pat Cerra. Apparently, Skirchak and Cerra have collected Wedgwood for 30 years and have been dealing in Wedgwood since 1984. According to Skinner's website, the collection "encompasses the full breadth of Wedgwood’s manufacture, the collection numbers approximately 350 lots and includes many fine examples". Here are a few pieces that caught my eye. These items have estimated auction prices of less than $800, but I suspect that the sales prices will far exceed some of the estimates.
Here is the classic Wedgwood Creamware that many of us love so much. These are four 19th Century pieces from England.
I've seen plenty of Cream Ware fruit baskets around, but have never seen any with chocolate brown enamel like this Queen's Ware late 18th century English basket with underplate.

I usually prefer the all white Cream Ware, but this set of Queen's Ware "Mared Pattern Items" from England, late 18th Century each with a blue feather edge and onion border is just beautiful.

This is an 1882 calendar tile with "Bonner's Map of Boston" printed on the reverse. I would love to hang this on my kitchen wall.

A Diceware "coffee can and saucer" with three-color Jasper dip, England mid-19th Century with "green ground with yellow quatrefoils between white foliate banding". Can you imagine sipping your morning coffee from this cup?

I'm drawn to the Wedgwood Terra-Cotta pieces too like this classical English cooler circa 1865.

This English food warmer set from about 1800 looks to be in fine condition.

Above is a Diceware teapot, sadly with broken handle and a Queen's Ware monteith with foliate handles and blue enamel trim. I'm not sure what one does with a monteith (even after a quick Google search), but I'd fill this with soft pink colored peonies and set it on my dining table.

Charming rabbits on "Daisy Makeig Jones Designed items", English 1923.
And lastly, I've never anything like this before. So unusual (to my untrained eye) and elegant. This is a boxed set of George III Silver and Wedgwood Blue-Japser Handled flatware. I'm sure these require hand washing only.

All photos and information from Skinner, Inc. Click to visit the website and register to be notified of upcoming auctions. This is not an advertisement and I'm not affiliated with Skinner, Inc. (although I'm not opposed to the idea). I just like nice things.


  1. hi deborah,

    i am in love with the coffee can and saucer. i have never seen this pattern before. that's why i love your blog so much, you enlighten me!


  2. Hi Deborah

    These are lovely pictures, but my preference goes to the boxed set of cutlery. Really beautiful.

  3. Deborah, I am so glad you showed this. The flatware would have me for sure. Do you think it's fish knives & forks? Just beautiful. Have a good weekend...

  4. Although my taste is much less formal, I can certainly see the beauty in these pieces. They are amazing and a far cry from the coffee mug I sip from each morning! The yellow and green pieces with quatrefoils are just stunning. Thank you for opening my eyes to somethings I might not have seen.

  5. Deborah, what beautiful things. I long for Wedgwood of my own, preferably old and rare, haha. Like that is not happening.

    Love xo T.

  6. A montheith is used for rinsing wine glasses. A stemmed glass can rest at each scallop. Lovely things!

  7. Ah, I learned something new, Sunny. Thanks so much and thanks everyone for the comments!

  8. gorgeous - i love that calendar!!!! and the pierced creamware, to die for. if only i could afford any of it.

  9. Deborah these are just lovely! MOTH would be back in my good books for the rest of time if he was to be the successful bidder for the George 111 Silver & Wedgewood flatware.
    Millie ^_^


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