Pottery Goat Made By King Charles Over 50 Years Ago Fetches Nearly $15,000 At Auction

Memorabilia from the British Royal Family continues to be a hot-seller. A small ceramic goat, crafted by King Charles more than 50 years ago, sold for $14,570 at at Hansons Auctioneers. The unique artwork, believed to be the only known sculpture by the British monarch, sparked a fierce bidding war before being acquired by a private American buyer.

Pottery goat created by King Charles five decades ago
Pottery goat created by King Charles five decades ago. (credit: Hansons Auctioneers)

The pottery goat had been a cherished possession of Canadian Raymond Patten for 55 years. Gifted to him on his 21st birthday by his great aunt, Helen Patten, the ceramic animal held a special place in Raymond’s heart. Helen, who worked as a cook at Cambridge University in the late 1960s, served members of the royal family, including the Queen Mother.

“This simple ceramics piece proved itself to be the Greatest Of All Time goats. People the world over are fascinated by British royalty and the opportunity to own a unique item crafted by King Charles sparked major interest. Though a keen artist, he is better known for his paintings, so this was a rare opportunity. I am delighted we achieved a good result for our client,” says Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers.

Raymond, a 76-year-old retired carpenter from British Columbia, recounted the story behind the goat.

“My Aunt Nellie, Helen Patten, gave me the goat on my 21st birthday on June 22, 1969. She told me Prince Charles had made it. She was proud of the fact he attended Cambridge University in the late 1960s when she worked as a cook for the president of Queen’s College. I believe she knew the future king on a personal basis. I have treasured the goat all my life,” explains Raymond.

Prince Charles, now King Charles, was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1967 to study archaeology and anthropology before switching to history. He made history by becoming the first British heir apparent to earn a university degree, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in June 1970.

The ceramic highland goat, with its vibrant yellow horns and yellow, pink, and brown stripes, is a testament to the king’s artistic skills and the era in which it was created.

“The ceramic highland goat with its yellow horns and yellow, pink and brown stripes is beautifully enameled and modeled. It captures the relaxed vibrancy and charm of the late 1960s/early 1970s,” notes Hanson. “Perhaps King Charles was inspired by the goat mascot of The Royal Regiment of Wales. As the regiment’s first colonel-in-chief, he wore its uniform at his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.”

Drawings made by King Charles when he was 5 or 6 years old
Drawings made by King Charles when he was 5 or 6 years old. (credit: Hansons Auctioneers)

This isn’t the first time Hansons Auctioneers sold artwork by King Charles. Last year, the auction house sold drawings Charles made of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, Prince Phillip, when he was 5 or 6 years old for over $76,000.

HobbyListings editor Matt Higgins contributed to this report.

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