We have added a rare PenDelfin Mouse House Match Holder to the Perfect Pieces PenDelfin Rabbit section recently. This very early piece of PenDelfin Pottery was designed by Doreen Noel Roberts and only produced by PenDelfin from c1964 until 1969.
This is a lovely early piece of PenDelfin and very unusual. It stands around 3″ tall and is designed as a tree stump with a little brown door in the middle with a some mice playing around the base of the tree! It makes a nice unusual addition to any PenDelfin collection perfect for those PenDelfin rabbits to play around!
We have a wide range of PenDelfin for sale including early retired PenDelfin rabbits and lots of PenDelfin display stands to stand all your rabbits on!
We have a wide range of PenDelfin figurines for sale including many PenDelfin Schoolhouse rabbits and PenDelfin Christmas rabbits. We also stock PenDelfin display stands and PenDelfin Family Circle club rabbits.
The Uncle Soames rabbit was designed by Jean Walmsley Heap and is now retired from production. We know this is an earlier version of the model as he has large and impressive ears and has the early desirable PenDelfin butterfly label on his base which was used by the pottery in the late 1950’s.
The Uncle Soames rabbit was first introduced into the PenDelfiun rabbit family in c1959, making him one of the earlier PenDelfin rabbits – a perfect companion for Aunt Agatha!
We have a wide selection of retired PenDelfin rabbits for sale including another of Uncle Soames companions – the PenDelfin Dungaree father!
The PenDelfin Family Circle collectors club is to close in March 2013, according to an announcement on the PenDelfin website.
The decision means that the Family Circle’s twentieth birthday will be its last. To mark the occasion, PenDelfin’s owner Xystos is promising that this year’s Model of the Year and Membership Gift will be something special, as will a number of new models that will be introduced this year.
The question now remains what is happening to PenDelfin as a whole? Since PenDelfin was taken over collectors have seen production of the popular bunny rabbits moved from its home in Burnley and now we have the closure of the collectors Family Circle club. Only time will tell what will happen next to this once very loveable collectable.
You can read the full PenDelfin Family Circle closure announcement on xystos.co.uk.
Are you a PenDelfin collector? Do you buy recent new models or only retired ‘old’ PenDelfin? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
We’ve just sent out the latest Perfect Pieces Newsletter. This month we detail a few new and interesting items of stock we have recently added to the Perfect Pieces site and also look at some of the Antique & Collectors fairs that are scheduled for the next month.
Summer antique fairs can often be very pleasant to wander around – the good sunny dry weather (well hopefully!) entice visitors and traders to fairs often making them bustling events.
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This is an early piece of PenDelfin and was designed by Doreen Noel Roberts. It was only produced by the PenDelfin pottery from 1967 until 1975 and has the style, fine paint work and delicate detailing to the design that all the early pieces do. It features a small tub full of water with a sponge and a ladybird floating in it!
Up for auction in Nantwich in Cheshire this Thursday, 19th February 2009, is an extremely rare PenDelfin Pixie House Plaque designed by Jean Walmsley Heap.
The PenDelfin Pixie House plaque was designed by PenDelfin founder Jean Walmsley Heap and is one of the very very early pieces of PenDelfin. It was only produced from 1953 until 1958. Featuring a little pixie outside a house surrounded by leaves it is typical in style to pieces of that era designed by Jean Walmsley Heap.
A superb piece to acquire and with an estimate of £500 – £1000 it really is one for the more serious collectors! Nevertheless, if you are a PenDelfin collector and in the area it’s a must to go and see as it’s not every day pieces like this come up for sale.
The sale is held by Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers based in Nantwich in Cheshire. This PenDelfin piece is lot number 428 and features in their two-day Fine Art Sale on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th February 2009.
To see further details about this sale and obtain accurate details about the sale please visit Peter Wilson’s website here:
Do remember when you are bidding on anything at auction that on top of the final hammer price there is a Commission Fee to pay and VAT on that commission as well. The commission (often known as Buyers premium) can range from anything like 10% to 20% dependent on the Auction House, so it’s always wise to confirm with the auction house their exact rates so you know exactly how much will be added on top of the hammer price.
Also remember to thoroughly check any pieces you are interested in yourselves for any damage or restoration. You can’t always rely on the Auction House’s description in the catalogue – items are typically ‘sold as seen’.
This miniature PenDelfin Mary Mary plaque was designed by well-known PenDelfin founder Jean Walmsley Heap and was only made during the late 1950s – so it’s quite an unusual piece. This particular example of Mary Mary has its original hanging hook on her back as well as the old and collectable rectangular gold PenDelfin label.
To see further pictures of this super piece please – click here.
Remember, we currently have a Christmas Sale offering 5% off every piece on our website (until Christmas Eve 2008) & all PenDelfin prices do include FREE UK postage and packaging!
This month we take a look at the highly collectable PenDelfin pottery following the sad news about the founder Jean Walmsley Heap. With such a wide range of figurines, plaques and ornaments having been produced by PenDelfin there is certainly something for everyone.
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