Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & Valuers

Pottery, Porcelain & Ceramics

Here at the pottery, porcelain and ceramics department we are busy researching and cataloguing for our upcoming auctions. We provide insurance, probate or inheritance tax and other types of valuations of pottery, porcelain and ceramic collections throughout Scotland and the North of England.

If you have an item or group of pieces that you wish to learn more about, to have identified and valued, or expertly catalogued and presented for auction, then contact our specialist to receive free, no-obligation, professional advice.

The pottery, porcelain and ceramic auctions are held fifteen times a year at our Edinburgh, Dumfries and Carlisle auction rooms and broadcast worldwide online to an international market. The department record for a single lot is the £5,500 hammer price achieved at the Edinburgh auction room in March 2013 for a Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase decorated with 'Imps on a Bridge' pattern by Daisy Makeig-Jones. Other stand out results include: 

£4,000 for a Royal Worcester "Budge" double sided figural teapotat the Carlisle auction room in October 2020 ; 
£3,500 for a pair of Worcester porcelain urns decorated with sheep by H Davis at the Edinburgh auction room in May 2011;
£3,000 for a Chelsea ewer and basin at the Carlisle auction room on 27th January 2017; 
£3,000 for a Joe Juster bowl for William De Morgan of Fulham at the Dumfries auction room in September 2013;
£2,200 for an Art Deco Goldscheider figure by Josef Kostial at the Carlisle auction room on 21st May 2015;
£2,200 for a 19th century French oval patch box at the Edinburgh auction room in May 2013;
£2,200 for a KPM Berlin porcelain plaque at the Dumfries auction room in June 2013;
£2,000 for a set of four Royal Vienna porcelain plaques at the Edinburgh auction room in April 2019;
£1,900 for an early English pottery mug "The Sawyers" at the Edinburgh branch in April 2010;
£1,600 for an early Portobello pottery figure of a Scotsman at the Edinburgh branch in July 2017;
£1,300 for a Zsolnay Pecs vase at the Edinburgh branch in June 2014.

You may have heard of Thomson Roddick from advertisements in publications including the Antiques Trade Gazette, The Scotsman or Scottish Field. If you are social media inclined, and don’t follow us yet, then we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: you can find our social media icons in the footer of the website and to following us. Perhaps you have seen a member of our team on tv recently? We feature regularly on Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Dickinson’s Real Deal, Cash in the Attic and the much missed Flog It, or you may have met one of our valuers presenting a talk on antiques to your local group.

We like jargon, and if you do too, here are some examples that you may find in one of our book auction catalogues: 
Royal Doulton   Royal Worcester   Pilkington   Staffordshire   Clarice Cliff   Susie Cooper    Beswick   Moorcroft   MacIntyre   Dunmore   Seaton   Prestonpans   Govancroft   Wedgwood   Martin Brothers   Lambeth   Sevres   Carltonware   Meissen   Dresden   Maling   Royal Albert   Newhall   Spode  Royal Vienna   Goldscheider   Derby   Majolica   Maiolica


Sybelle Thomson and Katherine Kerr are the Department specialists and they are always happy to conduct free no-obligation valuations, whether in person at the auction room, over email, or in the comfort of your own home. They can be contacted by telephone on 0131 440 2448 (Edinburgh), 01387 721 635 (Dumfries) or 01228 535 288 (Carlisle) or by email edinburgh@thomsonroddick.comdumfries@thomsonroddick.com, or carlisle@thomsonroddick.com.