Beswick Vases are ceramic vases produced by the British pottery manufacturer J.W Beswick.
Brief history and description
The Beswick pottery company was founded in 1892 by James Wright Beswick in England, although at the time the company was known as J.W. Beswick. Originally the company produced a variety of different high-quality tableware and ornament items, however, after the First World War the company then started to produce vases, jugs and bowls as well.
The company achieved international fame after producing figurines based on Beatrix Potter characters in 1947, as well as figurines based on Disney characters in 1952.
The company has used several different company stamps or marks throughout the course of their history, such as the "Beswick England" circular stamp (circa 1920s), or the "Beswick Ware Made in England" (circa late 1930s).
Beswick vases are usually decorated with matt glazes, and Beswick vases which were produced in the 1930s typically feature Art Deco designs.
Guide for collectors
Beswick Art Deco vases are considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.
Restoration of a Beswick vase is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Beswick vase may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Beswick vases, visit Beswick Pottery's official website.
Susanin's Auctions in Chicago, Illinois sold a Beswick English Art Deco pottery vase (9.5" in height) for $250 in October of 2005.
Bonham's in Chesters old a pair of Beswick vases with a black and white striated pattern for £140 in January of 2005.
Craftsman Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey sold a Beswick ridged ovoid vase covered in a pink, yellow and blue marbleized matte glaze (11.5" in height) for $80 in January of 2004.
JK Galleries, Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida sold a white Beswick vase featuring a pink and yellow flower (12" in height) for $50 in May of 2008.
Aristocrat Auction Services, LLC in Denver, Colorado sold a Beswick double-handed Art Deco vase (6.25" in height) for $5 in July of 2008.