King Charles' pottery goat made at Cambridge University expected to reach up to £10k at auction

Pottery goat made by King Charles more than 50 years ago
-Credit: (Image: Hansons / SWNS)


A pottery goat made by King Charles at Cambridge University in the 1960s is expected to sell for up to £10,000 at auction. The ceramic animal is thought to be the only known sculpture made by the King.

The newly-discovered creation is set to spark an international bidding battle when it goes under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in June, reports SWNS. The future monarch is thought to have been inspired to craft the yellow, pink and brown striped sculpture by the goat mascot of The Royal Regiment of Wales.

The goat was given to Raymond Patten by his great aunt who met the then-Prince when she was a cook at the university. Raymond, 76, a retired carpenter from British Columbia, said: “My Aunt Nellie, Helen Patten, gave me the goat on my 21st birthday on June 22, 1969.

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"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.

“My aunt, who passed away at the age of 87 in 1993 in Cheshire, used to live at 37 Norfolk Terrace, Cambridge. She was my grandfather’s sister and never married.

Aunt Nellie, Helen Patten, was a chef at Cambridge University in the late 1960's
Aunt Nellie, Helen Patten, was a chef at Cambridge University in the late 1960's -Credit:Hansons / SWNS

"She was honoured to serve members of the royal family. She cooked a meal for the Queen Mother.”

Prince Charles was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1967 to read Archaeology and Anthropology and then History. He became the first British heir apparent to earn a university degree, graduating with a 2:2 Bachelor of Arts in June, 1970.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “We’re thrilled to have made this royal find. Raymond initially got in touch by email and we were hugely excited.

“We’ve been privileged to auction other early artworks by King Charles and the interest is always phenomenal. Such is the goat’s importance, Raymond flew to the UK to deliver it to us in person at Hansons’ Staffordshire saleroom, Bishton Hall.

Pottery goat made by King Charles more than 50 years ago
Pottery goat made by King Charles more than 50 years ago -Credit:Hansons / SWNS

“The ceramic highland goat with its yellow horns and yellow, pink and brown stripes is beautifully enamelled and modelled. It captures the relaxed vibrancy and charm of the late 1960s/early 1970s.

“Perhaps 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.

“King Charles has demonstrated a passion for art throughout his life but is mainly known for his paintings. The discovery of this ceramics piece demonstrates another side to his talent.

Charles Hanson with the pottery goat made by King Charles more than 50 years ago
Charles Hanson with the pottery goat made by King Charles more than 50 years ago -Credit:Hansons / SWNS

"As far as we are aware it is the only example of pottery made by King Charles in existence. It represents his early passion and artistic flare working in ceramics in the late 1960s.

“The provenance is strong for what I regard as the greatest of goats made by a king. We’re thrilled to be handling it through our saleroom. We expect it to command a sum of between £5,000 and £10,000 at auction.

“Raymond has decided to part with it now due to its historical significance. He is in his retirement years and would like to find it a new home where it will be treasured for decades to come.”

Childhood picture by King Charles of his mummy, Queen Elizabeth
Childhood picture by King Charles of his mummy, Queen Elizabeth -Credit:Hansons / SWNS

Hansons Auctioneers sold childhood drawings by King Charles of his mother and father, Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, last year.

They were produced by Charles when he was five or six years old and had a guide price of £5,000 to £10,000. However, they achieved a premium inclusive total of £59,800.

King Charles' goat will be offered in Hansons Auctioneers’ Rare Books Auction, in Staffordshire, on June 4.