Availability Rating

Availability Rating

Below is a list of categories developed to assist in ranking the availability of a given piece. This rating will serve as a benchmark for new collectors and dealers to assist them in determining how common or rare a piece may be, ie A – Common Production Piece versus D – Rare Production Piece. Not all items fall neatly into one of these defined groups. For those pieces I have assigned a hyphenated rating that spans two groups. For example, the #511 Gonder Imperial Modern Swan Vase has been given an A-B rating.  Please note, these are high level guidelines and your collecting experience may differ. 


Also, I have observed that when rare items come to market and sell for a good price (such as on eBay), it will often spark an interest from dealers who will then list the same item hoping it will also produce a good sale. We may go months or years without seeing a particular item, and then see several of them listed and/or sold in quick succession. In my opinion, that doesn’t change the availability of the item, it just brings them to market at nearly the same time. Once the flurry of activity has ceased, it may be months or years before we see that item again! 


  • A - Common Production Piece – Best availability in market place. Most easily located pieces and found in nearly all glaze treatments. Most pieces from Gonder Standard E and H series fall into this category. Examples: 

 

  • E-3 Gonder        Standard Vase
  • E-12 Gonder      Standard Bowl
  • H-73 Gonder     Standard Ewer
  • J-60 Gonder      Standard Vase
  • #508 Gonder     Imperial Large Sea Shell Ewer
  • #519 Gonder     Imperial Figure


  • B - Production Piece – Available in market place. More rare and difficult to find in premium glazes.  Many pieces from Gonder Standard J and M series fall into this category. Also in this category many Gonder Imperial and Gonder Original pieces. Examples: 

 

  • J-54 Gonder       Standard Ewer with Lizard Handle
  • M-9 Gonder        Standard Large Ewer
  • #215 Gonder      Original Round Vase with Gazelle
  • #500 Gonder      Imperial Shell and Starfish Bowl
  • #217 Gonder      Original Large Reclining Panther
  • #525 Gonder      Standard Gamecock Figure


  • C - Hard to Find Production Piece – Limited availability in market place. Difficult to find in any glaze treatment. Examples: 

 

  • #211 Gonder       Original Grecian Horse Bookends
  • #403 Gonder       Original Modern Abstract 3 Hole Planter
  • #521 Gonder       Imperial Modern Cat
  • #525 Gonder       Imperial Game Hen Figure
  • #531 Gonder       Imperial Chinese Bottle Vase
  • #541 Gonder       Imperial Chinese Coolie Head 


  • D - Rare Production Piece – Extremely limited availability in market place. Extremely difficult to find in any glaze treatment. 

 

  • #108 Gonder       Original Modern Elephant
  • #113 Gonder       Original Jonah and the Whale Ashtray
  • #231-#234          Gonder Original African Mask Wall Plaques
  • #501 Gonder       Imperial Starfish Candleholders
  • #559 Gonder       Imperial Cuspidor Vase
  • #950 Gonder       Original Sheriff Cookie Jar


  • E - Scarce Production Piece – The most limited of all pieces. Few examples known to exist.

 

  • #221 Gonder       Original Mermaid Console Bowl
  • #586 Gonder       Original Large Giraffe Head Figure
  • #762 Gonder       Ceramic Arts Topless Polynesian Woman with Basket
  • #800 Gonder       Original Wild Mustang Planter
  • #1000 Gonder     Original St Francis Figure and Bird Bath
  • Gonder                 Original Pan and Nude Maiden Figure or Planter


  • F – Experimental - Experimental (non production) Pieces, Production Pieces with Experimental Glazes, End of Day Pieces. Production Pieces made as gifts by Lawton Gonder.

 

  • Frog Figure
  • Three Stork and J-64 Vase
  • Solid Gold Glazed Figures
  • Pink with White Spongeware Glaze