Dragon and Lotus, Fenton

Fenton made several dual theme patterns. If this doesn't look like your pattern, check Dragon and Strawberry, Peacock and Dahlia, and Peacock and Grape. This pattern is seen in perhaps the widest range of colors in the Carnival pantheon, including the highly desirable red in an ice cream shape as shown on the left. It brought $4,100 at a 1996 auction. On the right are three bowls: a ruffled green (the iridescence makes it look purple), a spatula-footed ice cream shape in marigold, and an opalescent three-and-one edge with pastel marigold iridescence. Bowls measure 8 1/2 to 9 inches.

Hartung Book One: Dragon and Lotus

Bowl, ruffled, three-in-one, or ice cream shape

Amber, 45, 60, 75, 90, 115 (all 2013),
   50, 55 (both 2014), 170 (2015),
   10, 40, 55, 65, 70 (all 2016), 85 (2017)

Amber opal, 1,900 (2007), 900 (2010),
   400 (2013)

Amberina, 500 (2005), 550, 600 (both 2006),
   425 (2008), 400, 825 (both 2009), 250 (2016)

Amberina, reverse, 500 (2005), 525 (2007),
   225, 375, 475 (all 2009), 185 (2016), 500 (2017)

Amethyst/purple, 25, 45, 55, 65, 75, 80, 130 (2014),
   25, 40, 45, 50, 75, 85, 130, 165 (all 2015),
   45, 55, 60, 85, 110 (all 2016), 75 (2017)

Amethyst, slag in base, 120 (2012)

Amethyst opal, 500 (2007), 450 (2008),
   1,050 (2009), 425 (2011)

Aqua, 235 (2006), 60 (2010)

Aqua opal, 1,300, 2,300 (both 2013),
   500, 525, 1,450, 2,000 (all 2014)

Blue, 20, 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 70, 80, 115 (all 2014),
   25, 35, 50, 55, 60, 70, 80, 95, 185, 200 (all 2015),
   20, 25, 30, 35, 45, 50, 55, 65, 70, 80, 100 (all 2016),
   30, 35, 45, 50, 60, 95 (all 2017)

Blue, opal tips, 1,500 (2006), 1,200 (2013)

Blue, powder, 50 (2010), 85 (2013),
   50, 110, 120 (all 2014)

Green (spatula footed, most common),
   40, 65, 80, 95, 160 (all 2014),
   35, 40, 50, 75 (all 2015), 30, 40, 45 (all 2016),
   35, 40, 50 (all 2017)

Green (collar base), 475 (2011), 365 (eBay 2012),
   110, 130, 150, 190, 225, 285 (all 2015)

Green, base not specified, 50, 60, 70, 85, 90, 115, 155, 160 (all 2016), 85, 100, 140, 475 (all 2017)

Emerald green, 775 (2009), 300 (2010),
   200 (2011)

Lavender, 35, 65, 125 (all 2005), 125 (2007),
   95 (2010), 45 (2016)

Lavender opal, 1,450 (1998), 1,300 (2005)

Lime green, 150, 200 (both 2007), 400 (2008),
   175 (2010), 110, 300 (both 2014), 170 (2016)

Lime green opal, 650 (2010), 195, 400 (2011),
   300 (2012), 375 (2013), 675 (2015),
   275, 625 (both 2017)

Marigold, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 45, 100 (all 2015),
   10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 65, 400 (all 2016),
   20, 30 (both 2017)

Marigold on moonstone, 750 (2008), 550 (2011),
   375 (2012), 425, 725 (both 2013), 525 (2015),
   425 (2016), 150 (2017)

Olive green, 170 (2000), 200 (2008), 45 (2010)

Peach opal, 125, 165, 195, 250, 275 (all 2014),
   95, 125, 180, 475 (all 2015),
   65, 85, 115, 130, 140, 170, 180 (all 2016),
   110, 130, 140 (all 2017)

Pink, 50 (2006), 370 (2010)

Purple slag, swirl base, 225 (1995)

Red, 425, 500, 750, 825, 1,000, 1,250 (all 2014),
   325, 350, 375, 425, 475, 550, 575, 925 (all 2015),
   300, 325, 525, 1,450 (all 2016),
   210, 250, 350, 450, 500, 525, 600, 850 (all 2017)

Red opal, 4,750 (2000)

Red slag, 500 (2010)

Smoke, 185 (2000), 800 (2015)

Vaseline, 650 (2008), 100, 110 (both 2009),
   105, 130 (2010)

Vaseline opal, 260, 575 (both 2006), 600 (2008),
   300, 475 (both 2012), 175, 400 (both 2014),
   375 (2015), 160, 425 (both 2016), 120 (2017)

Yellow, 2,200 (2000), 800 (2007), 275 (2016)

Yellow opal, 300, 775 (2005), 725 (2013)

Yellow opal slag, 2,800 (1998)
Nut bowl, spatula footed

Amber, 18 (2013)

Blue, 245 (2000), 65 (2005)

Marigold, 45 (2005), 75 (2010), 45 (2012)

In January of 2003, the www.cga newsletter had reports from a number of readers about the Dragon and Lotus nut bowls (the rarest shapes in the pattern). They were reported in both the spatula footed and collar based and the colors reported were amethyst, blue, green, and marigold.

Plates, about 9 inches

Amethyst, 4,600 (2009), 3,500 (2017)

Blue, 2,000 (2008), 800, 1,400 (both 2010),
   2,100 (2012), 750, 1,300 (both 2016), 1,900 (2017)

Green, 10,000 (2003)

Marigold, 1,500 (2006), 4,300 (2009),
   3,000, 3,150 (both 2012), 1,100 (2014),
   325, 3,250 (both 2015),
   850, 875, 1,500 (all 2016), 1,800 (2017)

Peach opal, 1,200 (2009)



The plate above, listed as purple, sold at the 2017 Karen Engel auction for $3,500. Photo courtesy of Jim Wroda Auctions.

In March of 2003, Ardonna Bucher, consumate collector of all things Dragon and Lotus, added some interesting info. She says there are about 4 peach opal spatula footed plates and a lime green opal collar-based plate. As for bowls, Ardonna has a cobalt blue opal ice cream shape bowl and a white spatula footed in the ice cream shape. She knows of a ruffled collar-based bowl in white. And she reports a bowl in root beer color--a brown or very dark amber.

Thanks, Ardonna. That makes at the very least 31 different colors in this pattern. I can't think of any other pattern with anything close to this total.

In May of 2004, Richard Thorne added that he has a spatula-footed marigold plate, an amethyst plate (possibly 3 or 4 known), and reports 3 or 4 plates in peach opal. He has two of the yellow opal slag bowls.

He further says, "Another interesting aspect of Dragon and Lotus is that there are several varieties of non-iridized bowls, either totally or the front side. In addition to the relatively common pink and green depression.pieces, these include red, blue and white (or clear), as well as two with root beer color, one totally (mine) and one on the front side (Bill Mizell)."

Thanks, Dick




Updated 7/21/2017

Dragonlady Ardonna Bucher has kindly agreed to share some of her Dragon and Lotus rarities with us. Top is an ice cream shape in aqua opal, second is an ice cream shape in blue opal, bottom is an ice cream shape in white.