This piece sold for $320 back in 2011. In 2021 I’d price the exact same piece at $595 at least. I’ve since learnt this is definitely an Ellis piece. Get in contact with us if you’d like to buy or sell a similar piece using the links below.


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This piece sold for $320 back in 2011. In 2019 I’d price the exact same piece at $480 at least IF I got another. Since writing the description below I’ve learnt that this is definitely an Ellis piece. UPDATE- 2021- if I got this exact piece again I’d price it $595 (at least).

Background Info and Provenance

(This description was written back in 2011. I’ve since learnt it’s definitely Ellis.)

A ceramic/pottery bull that I believe was done by Ellis. It dates back to the 1970’s. I found this piece in Australia and the only other one I’ve found is in a Carters book (it’s identified as Ellis in there as well). Unfortunately Carters is not often accurate in many regards so I can’t take that as gospel. Neither this one nor the one in Carters is marked. This is normal for Ellis as only some had foil paper labels and even if items did have a label many have worn off over the years (or taken off at the time of purchase). The colouring and the shiny “brass” glaze is distinctly Ellis ceramics. The glaze, colour and style are all 1970’s (or late-1960’s). From the style and colours and the light crazing that appears in some areas of the piece (the caramel glaze) I guarantee this piece is vintage (most likely late-1960’s). If it is Ellis, it’d be worth significantly more than this. The only other possibility is that it’s Italian (c. 1960’s). Bitossi animals in this size fetch about $500 so this piece is certainly worth more than my asking price even if it is Italian. (My feeling is it’s Ellis though.)

This piece has been around for more than a season and certainly more than a few issues of your favourite interior design magazine. If it’s still in vogue after decades it will always be valued. After mass-produced modern pieces have ended up as landfill, this vintage décor piece will be passed onto yet another generation. There’s no better way to invest in your home and reduce your carbon footprint.


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