Toby Jug News
Dr Johnson toby jug.
EBay. 22.12.16. Item No. 302166847782
22 bids were placed with the winner paying 380 GBP.
I really like this jug because of its originality. It is not the best quality you will see having most of the black enamel glaze degraded but hasn't flaked exposing the white glaze beneath. The challenge facing any new collector is whether to restore or not and if so in what quantity. I would prefer a little sympathetic restoration to the damaged corners of the hat only; others would paint over the degraded enamel to portray an unblemished jug. It's a shame that choice is slowly disappearing.
Golding Young & Mawer. 16.11.16
Descripton: A 19thC Toby jug, wearing a red coat, carrying a flagon, painted in puce, 26cm high
Neale type toby jug with brightly coloured red coat looked to be in good condition. With recent high prices for marked examples you would expect this toby to do well.
Sadly it realized a very low bid of just 130 GBP.
Description: A rare Neale and Co toby jug, circa 1785-90. Seated and holding a foaming jug, a clay pipe resting on the ground beside him, wearing a brown jacket, orange waistcoat and buff-coloured breeches, the base marbled in puce, 25.9cm high, impressed Neale and Co, incised 24 (wear to gilding on hat, minute flakes to enamel)
A very nice example resulting in a total price of 3640 GBP
An under-glaze toby jug impressed Neale & Co. Durrants 28.10.16.
The importance of any potter's mark should never be underestimated, it will appeal to specialist collectors and in this case toby jug enthusiasts. When found on an authentic jug all uncertainties disappears making the fictional description redundant. Durrants sale on 28.10.16 contained a small collection of toby jugs which included an under-glaze impressed Neale & Co. Rarely do such jugs come onto the market and it was inevitable it would be fiercely contested and resulted in a special price of 2200 GBP bid. This seems very reasonable when compared to the all too common
51 models that seek an unwarranted premium. The quality and colours were outstanding with only the pipe stem missing. Similar under-glaze "TYPE" jugs are commonplace but could easily be considered Yorkshire or even Prattware to the unwary and will never be "The real McCoy" With the sale receiving so much interest other notable jugs could have fared better. A plain Prattware example and a running-glaze Leeds type received bids of 220 and 110 GBP respectively.
Read: Neale Pottery and Porcelain. (Its Predecessors and Successors 1763-1820) Diana Edwards.
We are pleased to see others promoting auctions as a source where good toby jugs can be viewed and purchased.
First sold at Skinners and recently at Woolley and Wallis.
Opinions will always differ when a toby jug is as unique as this interesting Yorkshire example which was sold at Woolley and Wallis auctions Salsbury on 13.9.16. It had changed hands several times since being auctioned in the Coil collection at Skinners Boston in 2006 and is one of only three examples I know of that all appeared in the second half of the 20th century,
The Sailsbury auction catalogue entry read;
A rare Yorkshire creamware Toby jug c.1780, seated with a massive clay pipe, holding an empty jug moulded with Cupid to two sides and with a face beneath the spout, with caryatid handle, all picked out in a deep manganese and raised on a rare flat base.
Being of stoneware appearance with a treacle type glaze makes it difficult if not impossible to date this bespoke toby jug. There was major damage that added to some troublesome questions that arose from viewing. One dealer with over 35 years experience of toby jugs said "I have looked in all the books and catalogues and it has no history". It did however have two trade stickers on the base, one from Bernard & S. DeanLevy, Inc, who were trading from 1973 and another of Ginsburg and Levy first trading form 1901 and ceasing in 1976. It sold for a bid of 3400 GBP. I would be interested to here from anyone that can pre-date the B.S.Dean Levy sticker with a catalogue entry, illustration or museum reference. Another version also with major damage has been recently sold twice by Bonhams. To begin to make sense of this jug you first have to answer, "why do Bonhams constantly date this model c1820".
For more information on Ginburg and Levy see: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/03/27/arts/antiques-view-a-curtain-falls.html
Step back and feast your eyes on something rather special. An exciting colourful Wood type jug that had to be viewed to fully appreciate the subtle differences from the ordinary. It was in original condition with just a very small chip to the hat and minor glaze flaking. A rich bid of 2400 GBP was paid but quality, rarity and originality will always command the best prices.
If you want to sell your collection try selling them as one lot.
It certainly worked for this small collection of unusual running glaze jugs that were sold at Rowleys on the 31.8.16. Despite having some damage the jugs were rare enough to command a 4000 GBP winning bid. One has to assume the rare highly coloured Martha Gunn had an influence on the final result. I don't remember ever seeing such a pleasing Martha face highlighted by a rich full coloured under-glaze decoration which is very reminiscent of the classic Rodney's sailors adorned with check waistcoats and trousers.
New low for a Prattware toby jug that failed to receive the required 100 GBP starting bid.
Border Auctions 27.8.16
Even though this attractive Prattware traditional toby (left) was described as Ralph Wood the estimate of 3-400 GBP turned out to be just too optimistic. Sadly it was passed.
Stamford Auction Rooms 27.8.16
In contrast the miniature running glaze toby fared much better receiving a respectable 440 GBP bid.
Marked Spode Copeland toby jug (below).
The Hearty Good Fellow had its raised Walton scroll removed and was incised Copeland on the remaining white space. The price achieved was 420 GBP.
EBay 26.8.16 Item No. 272345984001
For sale on EBay is this marked Spode and Copeland toby jug (left) which looks remarkably like the one sold in Woolley Wallis on 9.9.14. If you are one that collects factory marks and numbers such as 51 then this could be for you. It is priced at 7500 GBP
At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking it's by Walton notwithstanding the mark and price. Would anyone like to have a guess at the potter and price of the Hearty Goodfellow on the right.
Smoking can be costly in more ways than one.
Canterbury auctions 2.8.16 Right: Bolton auctions 1.8.16
What a difference 11 days between sales can make. These two early toby jugs (left) were sold at Canterbury auctions last week for a bid of 480 GBP. They were the same model as the Tennants example minus the pipes but made approximately 90% less in final values. It does tend to highlight the fragility in a picky market with established collectors creating an imbalance.
The majolica Falstaff toby jug (right) realized a woefully low bid of 42 GBP. This colourful jug was free from damage apart from a few scuffs and is around 150 years old with a date registration mark underneath the base. If you believe the old chestnut that toby jugs are an investment you surly can't go wrong with him.
It was described by the auction house as: A Ralph Wood Type Pottery Toby Jug, circa 1780, of traditional form holding a jug and smoking a pipe, decorated in pale manganese glazes. Estimate 400-600 GBP
Other than the addition of a pipe there is no noticeable difference from other traditional toby jugs that you would expect to see in most collections. It was sparsely coloured with a heavy pearlware glaze that had intermittent crazing being occasionally stained, particularly to the inside of the hat. Two unsightly chips were on separate high points of the outside rim of the hat. Any attempted restoration of these would clash with the surrounding crackled glaze spoiling its appearance and devaluing what is a very clean jug. I doubt if the bidders realised the significance of this jug so it must have been the addition of an original pipe that was its attraction. There have been other similar cheaper jugs offered over the last two weeks but some have had their pipes added which hardly inspires confidence. This toby made a lot more than what I thought at this time realizing a total price of 3200 GBP
Two points that should be derived from this sale result in light of recent price falls.
Quality seems to be the new rarity with unwarranted restoration deterring collectors.
When dispersing of older collections where opinions have changed, seriously consider auctions as well as private selling avenues. Get as many valuations as possible to avoid being short changed.
This richly coloured 18th Century Ralph Wood type pottery toby in creamware colours realized a very reasonable price of 180 GBP against an estimate of 250-350 GBP. Prattware and enamel traditional toby jugs have never being more affordable which hopefully should encourage collectors of Victorian jugs to move into this fascinating earlier period.
Result 180 GBP
Having sold six similar WW1 Toby jugs on 3.3.16 with estimates at 300-500 GBP, these eight new offerings from Adam Partridge seem rather cheap being priced at 50-80 GBP and 50-100 GBP. Do check that these values are correct before placing any bids.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers. http://www.adampartridge.co.uk/
Sale date: 30.6.16
Eight separate lots of Wilkinson Ltd Royal Staffordshire Pottery WWI character jug designed by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould
Lot 472. Earl-Kitchener 160 GBP
Lot 473. Lord French 90 GBP
Lot 474. Lloyd George 100 GBP
Lot 475. Marshall Foch 170 GBP
Lot 476. Admiral Beatty 300 GBP
Lot 477. Douglas Haig 160 GBP
Lot 478. Admiral Jellicoe 160 GBP
Lot 479. Marshall Foch 140 GBP
This jug may not be for you but I really like Peter Wilson's comprehensive 14 detailed photographs and condition statement for selling this early Toby jug. Bidding is being conducted in house and live on the Internet. Full size images can be viewed at:
Peter Wilson. https://www.peterwilson.co.uk/
Sale date: 7.7.16
Lot 66. Staffordshire Ralph Wood type toby jug, typically modelled with pipe and ale jug, of the earlier hollow foot variety, early 19th century, 24cm high
Condition report: Old restoration to his hat and the rear corner of the base, chips to the front edge, glaze wear to the handle and the edge of the jug.
20th Century Decorative Art and Design is becoming more mainstream.
Antiques and Home magazine June 2016 issue ran an article that encouraged readers to display antiques in contemporary room settings even if there was just one antique featured, you should then post it on Pinterest under the heading "Antique with Modern".
Fashion changes and prices will always fluctuate.
18th Century Toby Jug Of Ralph Wood Type.
While working on reviving our archive news reports I came across this Prattware jug that was for sale at Gerrards auction less than two years earlier than the one below. It's good to compare auction estimates which are a good indication on how an auctioneer views the market. Gerrards must have deemed it buoyant as the estimate for this jug was 800-1000 GBP
Gerrards Auction Rooms 26.5.16
It was described by the auctioneers as:
19thC Ralph Wood Style Staffordshire Toby Jug. Odd Chips To Glaze, Height 10 Inches
No Restoration. Good condition, with odd glaze chips and missing glaze to the mug which he is holding in his hand.
Estimate 80-120 GBP
What could be clearer than this description.
Here today we bring you an antique Staffordshire Prattware colour Toby jug.
This jug is Circa 1820 apx 9" tall
There are no markings on the item to show makers mark or where it was made.
There is no major damage to this jug there are some cracks to glaze and some missing glaze/colour
There is some marks to the item
Please see pictures
This early 19th century enamel toby had its faults that were more than compensated with a very fair sale result of just 102 GBP. The degraded black might have put some off but far better to see the original condition than a restored painted finish as you will never be sure what other damage lies beneath. It was offered for sale with 8 photographs that highlighted its true condition. If the flaking distracts, touch it up with a special water based model paint that can be easily removed without any further damage, ovoid the sandpaper at all costs.
It seems enamel and Prattware jugs are still considered secondary when compared with running glaze examples.
A majolica Bacchus, Pan and the serpent Wine Jug, 12 1/2in H
This lovely colourful Ralph Wood Bacchuss Toby jug was described as majolica but is instantly recognizable to all collectors of Ralph Wood pieces. Not all liked it enough with the Toby realizing a meager 120 GBP
Estimate was 80-120 GBP
East Bristol Auctions 14.4.16
Having failed to sell on two previous occasions with an estimate of 1000 GBP this nice small Ralph Wood Toby jug is being Re-listed. The new estimate is a very reasonable 300 GBP. My first purchase of this model at auction was in the early eighties at a cost of 600 GBP. Definitely worth following.
Price realized 340 GBP
This colourful jug had a turbulent sale on EBay last week. It was offered at a "Buy it Now" price of around 1200 GBP that gradually reduced to 700 GBP while at the same time being offered with a bidding starting price of 199 GBP. It eventually found its own level selling for 399 GBP.
With over two hundred jugs for sale around the country at this time they can quickly become stale, so it is important to give your toby the right sale attribution. This one was described as:
A Rare English Antique Ralph Wood Pottery of Burslem Staffordshire. Toby Philpot Jug, Whieldon Ware with rare muted colour run glaze, circa 1765.
I have never come across a R.Wood toby with a running glaze black hat and such a heavy handle in all my dealing years. Attribution should always be taken with a pinch of salt and more attention paid to what is before you. This toby only had age related wear which was clearly shown in numerous photographs that buyers seem to prefer. What you should take away from this sale is that a good R.Wood toby can be as little as 399 GBP. There has never been a better time to collect English pottery.
Ref: Ralph Wood Toby jugs.
Auction: Jackson, Green & Preston. 18.3.16
Not many collectors buy buff or white wares but this salt-glazed toby (top) might change your mind as it's unusually marked S-H Briddon. Marked genuine dated pieces are always nice to have in any collection but if its not for you a record should be kept for future reference. Last year this similar important salt-glaze jug (bottom) was sold in the USA. It passed by without a mention and reminded me of how collecting has changed from historical to decorative. Have a good look at it and see if you think it could be a jug commemorating a changing point in history or just a point in history that changed.
Being sold at Great Western Auctions on the 18.3.16 is this lovely Scottish Toby jug. Twelve photographs will inspire confidence for all collectors worried about buying damage items. Sometimes described as circa 1800, and even one impressed with an implausible 1794 date will still not convince me they are anything other than Victorian. Competitively priced at 60-80 GBP this colourful jug would add to any collection.
Ref: The evolution of the Yorkshire Toby jug.
EBay. item number 111885930326
If you are looking for a genuine Yorkshire toby jug then maybe this might be the one for you. Being sold on EBay this week is an early 19th century toby where condition is shown in no less than 41 images. Apart from auction, I never buy if condition is not mentioned alongside description, but this seller's approach will encourage most, especially when you see their feedback at 100%. The jugs rarity is average but what is interesting, and something I have never encountered before, is the unusual shape of the crown that you wouldn't normally expect to see with this jug. Although it is only shown in situ you get the impression of a genuine original complete piece with just age related wear. The missing small cup doesn't have to be restored, but if you have to don't be tempted to replace it with anything that isn't true to this jug. An item will only be original once and will command 100% audience, if you mess with it interest will only decline. If you are serious about collecting do keep the image for reference to help avoid associated crowns or alterations.
Peachtree and Bennett
This was an interesting sale of mixed toby jugs that covered several periods. It was probably assembled in the late 70s when you take into account the old yellowing and part restorations. Notice how all the fine glaze chipping / frosting has been left untouched with only essential work carried out. The unrecorded white toby jug is where you should focus your attention. It is potted in a traditional style with a narrow plinth supporting a flat unglazed base, a real collectors piece but it only achieved a winning bid of $10. I have listed most of the other early jugs but if you want
to see the full auction in greater detail do view Peachtree's own website where each jug can be seen with numerous large photographs for each lot.
Rupert Toovey also had an unusual jug (left) with a flat unglazed base that was signed R Wood. The jovial character was nicely coloured in running glazes and realized a bid of 360 pounds.
peachtreebennett.hibid.com A website to bookmark and follow.
Any jug with a flat unglazed base will always be of interest
Be cautious and view the package as a whole as there is every chance it could be a prototype, studio piece or fake. The Peachtree jug was sold at a bargain price of $10 but can you imagine the possibilities if glazed in prattware colours.
Toby Jugs For Sale.
Sale date: 27.1.17
Lot 1533. A pearlware toby jug with jug incribed ALE, 24.5cm high, (damage and restoration).
Estimate: 40-60 GBP
Golding Young & Mawer
Sale date: 27.1.17
Lot 170. A 19thC Staffordshire jug, modelled in the form of a man drinking a flagon of beer while smoking a pipe.
Stride & Son.
Sale date: 27.1.17
Lot 1542. An early 19th century creamware Toby jug, 25.5cm high.
Estimate 40-80 GBP
House & Son.
Sale date: 24.1.17
Lot 205. A 19th Century Toby jug with black tricorn hat, blue jacket, yellow waistcoat and pink breeches.
Aldridges of Bath.
Sale date: 20.12.16
Lot 17. An early 19th century Staffordshire pearlware Toby jug and four later Toby jugs; a ditto tobacco jar (all with faults).
Result 120 GBP
Sale date: 22.11.16
Lot 244. Late 18th century pearlware Toby jug depicting a jolly Toby in bicorn hat, holding a jug of beer, seated on a barrel 'good Aal', with green stalk handle, on octagonal base, 24.5cm
Estimate 250-350 GBP
Boldon Auction Galleries
Sale date: 9.11.16
Lot 57. Four Staffordshire Toby jugs, various
Estimate 60-100 GBP
Sale date: 1.11.16
Lot 255. NINETEENTH CENTURY RALPH WOOD POTTERY TOBY JUG, typical form, modelled holding a salt glazed jug and with long handled clay pipe at his side, on a canted oblong base, 10 1/4" (26cm) high, unmarked.
Condition: Possibly restored to right hand dip in hat, chip in back of jug and hairline crack to thigh above left knee.
Estimate 400-600 GBP
Sale date: 22.9.16
Lot 2032. Early 19th century Pearlware Yorkshire Toby jug, 19.5cm tall,
Estimate 300-500 GBP
Andrew Smith & Son
Sale date: 13.9.16
Lot 399. Two 19th century Toby jugs, sponge decoration, approximately 25 cm high
Estimate 80-120 GBP
Turner Auctions and Appraisals LLC
Sale date: 11.9.16
Lot 107. STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERY TOBY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
One of a group of Staffordshire toby jugs.
Sale date: 27.8.16
Lot 361. Ralph Wood Staffordshire toby jug of Toby Philpot circa 1780. 10: high
Estimate 300-400 GBP
Whittons Auctioneers & Valuers
Sale date: 11.8.16
Lot 603. A good Antique Toby jug with blue ground coat. Approx. 25 cms
Estimate 150-200 GBP
Warren & Wignall Ltd.
Sale date: 27.7.16
Lot 293. A group of eight 19th Century toby jugs/teapots and another, tallest 28cm. Condition - one with repaired chip to hat, Harty Good Fellow with chips to base, generally ok, minor faults.
Estimate 50-100 GBP
Canterbury Auction Galleries
Sale date: 2.8.16
Lot 410. An early 19th Century pearlware pottery Toby jug of Yorkshire type, modelled seated with a foaming jug of ale, 10ins high, and a Staffordshire pearlware example of traditional form, 9.75ins high (restoration)
Estimate 200-300 GBP
Result 480 GBP
Perry & Phillips ShropshireYou could be in the "Pink" if this Staffordshire Toby jug sells for just 20 GBP.
Sale date: 5.7.16
Lot 135. 19th Century Toby Jug, 25cm tall
Estimate 20-30 GBP
Two of my favourite Victorian Toby jugs to collect.
Sale date: 28.6.16
Lot 1104. TWO TOBY JUGS S. Smith Longton, 1851 23 and 19 cm. high
Estimate 50-80 EUR
Sale date: 21.6.16
Early 19th century salt glazed stoneware Toby jug of a corpulent seated figure, with ale jug, 30cm and late 18th century pearlware Toby jug with brown glazed ale jug, 26cm high (2)
Estimate 60-100 GBP
Shapiro Auctioneers of Australia
Sale date: 21.6.16
This popular Winston Churchill toby jug designed by Clarice Cliff is being sold alongside ten other toby jugs from the series of WW1 allied leaders produced from the Wilkinson factory.
Estimate 1000-2000 AUD
Lawrences of Bletchingley
Sale date: 7.6.16
Lot 700. Unusual 19th Century Minton Majolica Quaker man Toby jug with impressed makers and date ciphers to base, 11.25ins high
Estimate 500-800 GBP
Sale date: 18.5.16
Lot 256. 19TH CENTURY STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERY 'HEARTY GOOD FELLOW' TOBY JUG, the toper standing holding a foaming jug of ale and holding his pipe across his chest. 28.5cm high. Unmarked.
Some paint flecks and losses to particularly the gentleman's green jacket and to naturalistic base, crazing overall as expected, no obvious other major significant damage, cracks or restoration.
Estimate 100-150 GBP
Nice detailed condition statement.
Collectors will always tell you their biggest fear when buying any toby jug is that it's been damaged and restored. Auctions are not obliged to state condition but many now do. A condition statement will only be a guide and does not guarantee there isn't more issues than stated. If you don't see them always assume the item to have serious detrimental damage which will then require a personal viewing for piece of mind before purchase.
The Auction House of Bridport
Sale date: 29.4.16
Lot 254. 18th c. glazed stoneware Toby jug with tricorn hat, blue coat and a pint of ale!
Estimate 0 GBP
Result: 320 GBP
Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
Sale date: 19.4.16
Lot 541. A Leonard Jarvis creamware commemorative toby jug: modelled as a seated Winston Churchill, with palette and brushes in one hand, the other raised in the victory salute, under pale yellow, brown and green tones, signed and numbered 38/350, the base captioned 'The Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill
Estimate 400-500 GBP
If you are collectors, dealers, executors or beneficiaries and have a toby jug to sell that matches our criteriawe we would like to here from you.Restoration on Toby Jugs.
Looking for restoration on antique Toby jugs and Staffordshire pottery. A few important points to consider that you probably are not aware of that will help avoid the costly mistakes when starting your collection pottery purchases. Not everyone excepts restoration.Toby Jug A-Z List 1780-1850
A comprehensive list of British antique Staffordshire pottery toby jugs that are available to collectors.Toby Jug books.
Toby Jug catalogues and articles include: The Earle Collection of Early Staffordshire Pottery, Astbury Whieldon and Ralph Wood figures and Toby jugs, The Wood Family of Burslem, Old English Pottery,Museums where Staffordshire toby Jugs are on public display.
Museums where you can view English antique toby jugs. The Ashmolean, Oxford and the Hanley Museum Stoke on Trent Staffordshire are two of the best.Wood and Sons Toby Jugs, Staffordshire England.
A contemporary set of Staffordshire Toby Jugs of Ralph Wood type.
Most Toby collectors know the famous Wood family name but have you seen the 20th century models produced through the 1970's-81?
A fun field of collecting that will result in many hours of pleasure.Ralph Wood Toby Jugs: master potter of Burslem Stoke on Trent
Sharp Face Toby Jug by Ralph Wood.
Sharpface Toby Jugs were only potted by the Ralph Wood family of Burslem Staffordshire, was their inspiration political figures of their day.