Whitley’s plans sale of Royal Doulton at Jan. 13 convention

Rare Doulton Lambeth stoneware teapot toby designed by Harry Simeon, one of only two examples known to exist, early 20th century, 5 in. high x 8 in wide. Estimate: $6,000-$7,000. Whitley’s Auctioneers image

ORLANDO, FLA. – The Seaway China Magical Weekend Collectors Convention, a three-day event combining the energy of an international Royal Doulton convention with the excitement and spontaneity of a live auction, will take place Jan. 12-14 at the Grove Resort and Spa, 14501 Grove Resort Ave. The auction will be conducted by Whitley’s Auctioneers on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Presented by Arron Rimpley and Gregg Whittecar of Seaway China and Whitley’s Auctioneers, the Magical Weekend is a dream event for Royal Doulton collectors, featuring special guests, expert discussions, the return of old friends, delicious meals, shopping opportunities and the opportunity for collectors to claim special pieces. Many hard-to-find figurines, earthenware pieces, toby and character jugs, and other rare and unusual items will be available.

Doulton Lambeth stoneware mantel clock designed by George Tinworth, 1875, the only one known to exist, 14 in. high x 10 ½ in. wide x 6 in deep. Estimate: $2,500-$3,000. Whitley’s Auctioneers image

For the first time, an exclusive selection of pieces consigned from estates from around the world will be sold at auction by Whitley’s Auctioneers. Based in Dania Beach, the company has been selling British ceramics and pottery for more than 25 years.

“As well as the opportunity to reconnect with our longtime friends among the enchantment of Disney and Central Florida, the new auction room is an exciting chance for our clients to claim highly desirable objects of history and objets d’art, and for them to make some history of their own.” said Arron Rimpley of Seaway China.

Royal Doulton figurine, ‘Pussy’ or ‘The Black Cat,’ HN 18, modeled by Chelsea sculptor F.C. Stone, 7 ½ in. high. It is one of only six known to exist. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Whitley’s Auctioneers image

The featured guest speakers will include author and internationally renowned ceramics expert Christopher Evans, and Louise Irvine, executive director of the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, home to North America’s largest collection of fine British and European porcelain.

The venue and host hotel for this enchanted weekend is The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, an expansive 106-acre destination resort located on Lake Austin. A limited number of suites are available at a discounted rate. To reserve call The Grove reservation desk at 844-203-0209 and request the Seaway China Royal Doulton Convention rate, or reserve online at www.SeawayChina.com/Reserve.

For further details regarding this event contact Cliff Dunn, Brand Officer, Seaway China, at 954-224-4617, or via email at Cliff@SeawayChina.com.