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A Preview of our July Fine Art Sale – Rare British Pottery, Jewellery and More!

Debbie Porter

This modern Wedgwood Flaxman design white and blue chess set consists of 32 items and comes with a sales estimate of £1,200 – £3,200 on day two of our July Fine Art auction.

The Potteries Auctions July Fine Art sale is a three-day online auction taking place at 10am across Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. We are offering in-person viewing for this auction from Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th July by appointment only, please contact us to book your slot.

You can check out our listings in an interactive catalogue here for more information on the available lots. If you’re unable to make our in-person viewing days, you can also contact usto arrange a video call to view lots you are interested in or to take advantage of our comprehensive email condition report service.

Due to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a limited number of bidders in person by appointment onlyPlease bear in mind that for both the safety of our staff and other bidders, it’s preferred that you wear a mask on our premises.The sale will also take place online with a video and audio link however, so you can continue to bid safely from the comfort of your home. Live online bids can be made through The Saleroom, or commission bids can be made through Potteries Auctions (please contact us as the commissioned bid function on our website is currently unavailable). We also accept telephone bidding, so please contact us to arrange that beforehand if you wish to bid over the phone.

A square brilliant cut diamond large solitaire dress ring

Lot 1843 is a square brilliant cut diamond (1.51ct, colour K, clarity SI2, platinum set) large solitaire dress ring (size M), complete with GIA verification report/certificate dated 2020. This gorgeous ring is set to sell for £2,500 – £5,000.

Day one – Thursday 7th July

Kicking off our three-day Fine Art auction this summer, we have a good collection of Kevin Francis Peggy Davis figurines including many limited editions, one off colourways, erotic figures, character figures, grotesque bird figures, artist proofs and more. Following on from that, we have many pieces by Beswick as well as Royal Albert Beatrix Potter figures, including many rare editions prototype figures, tableau pieces, rare pieces such as Duchess with flowers, and many more hard to find figures.

There’s plenty of Beswick being featured, including rare figures, fish, wild animals, rare horses, birds, dogs and cats, as well as two never seen before prototype cowboy and Indian on horseback figures in natural colours. We have a large collection of Royal Doulton Bunnykins figurines, including rare prototypes, rare limited edition figurines and oompah band colourway sets, and many other early and rare Royal Doulton figurines – many from the 1920s – such as limited editions, prestige figures, prototypes, animals, flambe and much more. As always, there’s a wonderful array of Royal Doulton character jugs too, including rare prototypes, military leaders, and many rare, hard to find pieces.

Thursday will also feature a superb collection of Royal Doulton and Doulton Lambeth stoneware artist pieces by artists such as Hannah Barlow, Florence Barlow, George Tinworth, Frank Butler, Eliza Simmance, Francis Pope, Percy Curnock and others. One lot to look out for is a fantastic, spectacular and important Doulton Lambeth faience wall charger by John H McLennan that was exhibited in the V and A museum, and was part of the Richard Dennis 1975 exhibition.

Ending the first day of our Fine Art auction will be a wonderful collection of Royal Crown Derby, including limited edition paperweights, hand painted artist signed pieces and more!

A pair of Doulton Lambeth Hannah Barlow vases

Lot 502 is a Hannah Barlow for Doulton Lambeth. A fabulous pair of vases, each decorated with a central band of lions and lioness surrounded with scrolling foliage. They come with an estimate of £3,000 – £5,000

Day two – Friday 8th July

The Friday of our three-day auction features 660 lots of a fantastic selection of miscellaneous pottery items, with many local and world manufacturers of pottery, including a small collection of Pilkington Royal Lancastrian by William Mycock, Richard Joyce, and Edward Radford.

There’s superb collections of Shelley china, Coalport, Aynsley, W H Goss, Charlotte Rhead, Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Burgess and Leigh, Paragon China, Carltonware, Capodimonte, James Kent chintz, Simon Carroll, Jessie Van Halen, Lorna Bailey, Anita Harris, Meissen, Dresden, Border Fine Arts,  Crown Devon, Wade, Minton, and Lladro, as well as 18th and 19th-century Staffordshire figures, an early slipware combed oven dish, a Watcombe Majolica lizard stick stand, and a good collection of Charles Vyse figures.

There’s an extensive collection of Wedgwood in this sale, including designer pieces by Norman Wilson, John Skeaping, Eric Ravilious, Keith Murray, Jasperware, basalt and hand painted pieces. They’ll also be large dinner and tea services from the likes of Royal Albert, Wedgwood, Minton, Royal Doulton, Hammersley and Spode, as well as over 100 lots of Moorcroft including William and Walter Moorcroft, Macintyre pieces from 1900 and prestige pieces from modern day!

The last section of Friday’s sale is a fantastic collection of Royal Worcester hand painted pieces amassed by a local collector over the past 40 years, including hand painted pieces by Kitty Blake, H Stinton, J Stinton, Edward Raby, E Spilsbury, E Townsend, Ricketts, Roberts, M Hunt, F Roberts, G Cole, C Baldwyn, R Seabright and more.

A Royal Worcester two handled vase and cover decorated by Charles Baldwin

Lot 1212 is a Royal Worcester two handled vase and cover decorated by Charles Baldwin and is looking to be sold for £2,000 – £4,000.

Day three – Saturday 9th July

The Saturday, our third and final day, features an array of antique and good reproduction furniture, with a splendid selection of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, display cabinets, chest of drawers, chairs and more.

There’s Danish mid-century furniture by Arne Hovmand-Olsen and Bernard Pedersen, a John Broadway & Sons baby grand piano, oriental rugs, grandfather and mantle and wall clocks, a Jaeger le Coultre Atmos clock, a 19th-century Austrian carriage clock by Adolf Uhlig, collections of bracket and carriage clocks, as well as paintings, etchings and pictures by local artist Reginald Hagger, Herbert Betteley, Doris Brown, Albert Wagg, Herbert Dicksee and more.

Other lots include Georgian and Victorian indentures, documents, ephemera, rare books including first editions, Star Wars and other comics, toys, dinky cars, Triang, Airfix, train sets, Russian & chinese boxes, musical instruments, sporting items, a collection of photos and negatives of the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, fountain pens, Robert Johnson the cube silver plated tea set, records, commemorative items, stamps, collectors’ items, glassware, metalware, cameras and equipment, designer handbags and shoes, oriental items, Chinese and Japanese ceramics and metalware, antique chess sets, military items including medals, weapons and badges, Masonic regalia, silverware, proof coin collections , gold sovereigns, gold jewellery, gem sets and costume jewellery all from local estates, diamonds, heavy chains, investment pieces, gold and silver pocket watches, and vintage and new wristwatches including Tag Heuer, Rolex, Longines, Breitling, Gerrard, Omega including a 1970s Ploprof divers watch, and much more.

A Gentlemans Tudor Oyster Perpetual Date Chronograph wristwatch

Lot 2001 is a Gentlemans Tudor Oyster Perpetual Date Chronograph wristwatch, model 9421, with black dial, stainless steel Rolex bracelet, service history with Rolex & Tudor. This stunning lot is set to sell for £6,000 – £12,000!

If you have items for auction, get in touch and we can help you with a valuation.  Talk to our team of experts who will be able to give you an accurate auction estimate on a range of items from household goods to antiques. You can join us at one of our valuation days every Tuesday. Email us for an appointment or call us on +44 (0)1782 638100 Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. 

Email Valuations

If you can’t come in and see us in person but would like to submit items for auction or valuation, send us an email to with details and a photograph (eg make, model, model number, measurements, condition) and one of our experts will provide information and auction estimates. Alternatively, give us a call on 01782 638100 to arrange an appointment.