Recognizing that this was a very valuable item, and in near mint condition, buyers began bidding on Dec. 9th, with an initial bid of $925. Six bids were placed during the one-week auction. The auction closed Dec. 15th with the winning bid of $1,550.
Excellent photography of the item contributed to the success of this auction. The seller provided three photos, showcasing the top, side, and a close-up shot of the bowl. In addition to the Wedgwood mark, the rim is also marked Triple Deposit, Mappin & Wedd, Prince Plate, London & Sheffield.
With rare items such as this bowl, photography plays a key role in determining the outcome of the auction. Clear and detailed photography helps the seller to showcase his item, communicating an item's authenticity and history to potential buyers.
Description of piece -- from eBay auction:
Rare Tri Color Wedgwood Imperial Bowl
A very nice Imperial Bowl; late 18th century or early 19th century. Marked Wedgwood Only. Done in lavender, green & white with a silver rim. Rim is marked Triple Deposit, Mappin & Wedd, Prince Plate, London & Sheffield. The bowl is in near mint condition: There is a very small chip to the outer white applied upper band (see photo) very repairable. Size is 6 inches from rim opening, 8 1/2 inches to the widest part of the bowl and 4 1/2 inches tall. This is a very rare and nice piece of Wedgwood with a very low reserve.
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