Hello again lilac
Thanks for your message.
Clarice Cliff produced a range of "Lovebirds" vases, jugs and bowls in
the 1930s. Typical examples have that ribbed effect we've already
discussed, a creamy background, matt glaze and two lovebirds with a
branch and/or leaves. The dictionary explains that lovebirds are "Old
World parrots". They are known for affection to their partners, which
is why they are usually depicted in a pair and, of course, why they
have the name lovebirds. The 3D birds are often described as "moulded"
or "in relief". Although I have found one saleroom calling them
parrots, others may call them budgerigars.
I really don't know why this series is not included in the lists of
designs on the main Clarice Cliff websites. The only online pictures
I've found (apart from a fake and an ebay offering) come with this
Clarice Cliff issued a whole series of these 'Budgerigar' or 'Love
Bird' wares in the late 1930s (1937 - 1939). The items have a ribbed
body, matt glaze and two birds on a branch, which is wrapped around
the item. They were fairly successful when available and are still
quite common today. Most items in the range sell for under £150.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs) about Clarice Cliff Pottery
(scroll down the page)
That brings us to the question of price. It seems it would be unusual
for a vase of this type to fetch as much as £250 at auction. Here are
some sale estimates and reports which should be relevant.
"A Clarice Cliff vase, the ribbed body moulded in relief with parrots
perched on a branch, printed factory mark to base, height approx 20.
Rupert Toovey Auctioneers and Valuers (past sale)
"A pair of the very available Lovebirds vases made £329."
Remember that a pair usually goes for more than double the price of a
Christie's Nov 3 2000
"A Clarice Cliff pottery bowl moulded with budgerigars, slight damage,
printed mark. Estimate £40-60"
John Bellman August 2002 sale
"Clarice Cliff Vase Green & Yellow Budgies, 12 1/4 In. 1997 price
available if you register (free)."
"A CLARICE CLIFF BUDGERIGAR VASE, painted in blue/green and yellow on
a cream ground, printed mark, 10.5in. (26.5cms) long £50-75"
Morphets Auctioneers and Valuers March 2003
Jug on ebay for £50
IS IT GENUINE?
I know you realise we cannot answer that question, but I thought you
might like some links about Clarice Cliff fakes and stamps.
A fake Lovebirds jug:
"Please REMEMBER if you are in any doubt about the quality or
authenticity of any CC item you can always drop us an email (include a
picture if possible) and we will be happy to advise you." (bottom of
Dictionary definition of lovebird:
"Clarice Cliff Budgerigar vase,, the moulded ribbed tapered body with
a pair of yellow green and blue budgerigars perched on an ivy strand
with grey painted ivy decoration leading to a flared ribbed foot 12in
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I hope this is useful. Please don't hesitate to ask if I can help
clarify anything and I'll do my best to help. And if you do buy the
vase, enjoy it!
"clarice cliff" lovebirds
"clarice cliff" parrots
"clarice cliff" birds
"clarice cliff" budgerigars