This is one of the ace bargains I got when I went to an auction last year with chum Lynne @josordoni (she’s a bit of an auction expert)
It lives on the dressing table in the guest room
I just investigated the mark on the bottom and it seems its Bishop and Stonier, the pattern is Shirley Poppies. I haven’t any proper idea of its age other that 1891-1933 being when the firm was called Bishop and Stonier rather than other variants.
About a month ago I went to my first ever real live auction hoping to bag some bargains.
I remember going to viewings at the local auction room as a child but I don’t recall us ever being there when the auction took place, I think my parents left their bid with the auctioneer. I don’t even know if we ever won the items in question.
This time I’d looked at the catalogue on line and my friend Lynne (@josordoni) had been to the viewing and checked the items over for me along with the lots she was interested in.
I set my maximum prices and off we went the next day. We took a quick look around, registered me as a bidder (getting my own personal number, excitement) and then as there was a wait for our first lots we went and had a coffee and a natter.
Back at the auction I was fascinated by the whole process especially the very low key bidding on some rather nice pieces of furniture.
Then I got the jitters worrying I would not stick to my prices once bidding got going. So I handed over to Lynne.
I got all three lots. For a song.
Heres my Susie Cooper tea service.
Nice isn’t it.
And the bargains to be had made me wonder why anyone shops at IKEA…..