At the same time, many of the rarest pottery figures are also the cheapest. We collectors just don't value rarity. So very many of the sweetest figures in my next book are also the rarest--yet they fall into the very lowest price bracket. Why? You need demand to push up price, and if collectors aren't demanding these little rarities, their prices will lag. What does this say about us? Are we only buying the Big and Beautiful? I have seen lots of costly collections of Big and Beautiful items--and they can be boring. Usually, I have seen it all before. On the other hand, modest collections accumulated on a limited budget are frequently a lot more interesting. Typically, the figures are battered little gems bought at modest prices. That's not to say you can't find a costly little gem--my blog posting of two weeks ago (Teeny Treasures) showed just that. But if you want an interesting collection, and if you want to experience the thrill of true collecting, learn what is rare.
Two unusual figures came on the market this week. Martyn Edgell added this bird spill vase to his stock. I have seen several vases of this sort over the years. It is far from common, but it also is not super-rare. But Martyn's vase has a quirky variation that is almost too good to be true.
Have you noticed this fascinating figure recently added to Madelena's stock?
Two figures of monks were among the excavated Enoch Wood figures. Both are impressed "24", but they are not the same size. Madelena's figure at 7.9" tall is the smaller. The taller figure alongside measures 10.2" and is in the stock of Elinor Penna.
Enoch Wood produced a range of religious figures that would have been particularly appealing to Roman Catholics. Because some of the figures are titled in a continental tongue, the figures are all thought to have been made for Catholics on the continent (remember that Catholicism was barely tolerated in England in the 1820s). Our three monks are very much in the style of other figures with a Catholic flavor.
Add to your collection, please. And if you don't find something that presses your button this week, open a book and add to your mental collection. Target something rare you wished you could own, and if you think about it enough, it invariably comes your way.