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Revisiting our July 2023 Fine Arts Sale

Fareeha Ahmad

There was plenty of excitement for our July Fine Art auction, with some fantastic collections of rare ceramics and jewellery going under the hammer.

From the Wade factory archives, the quirky and one-of-a-kind piece ‘Ivy’ was contested up to a hammer price of £4,200.

Highlights from the July Sale

Prominently featured was the second part of items from Wade’s factory archives, including an eclectic range of their iconic and collectible gluggle jugs, Northlight figures, Whimsies and, of course, the experimental figure designed by Colin Melbourne, titled ‘Festival 51’ – known to many as ‘Ivy’.

One of the highest-achieving lots in the sale, this rare set of The Four Seasons plaques by George Tinworth for Doulton Lambeth, was hotly contested by bidders and soared to a hammer price of £6,100!

Also proving popular among British ceramics was a fabulous and expensive collection of Royal Worcester, as well as a great assortment of Royal Doulton, which comprised an array of Doulton Lambeth pieces and a number of rare and prototype figures.

Sold for £1,600 was this superb piece of Royal Worcester: a two handled urn and cover, gilded and hand-painted with fruit by Horace Price and dated for 1939.

There were a number of expensive paintings and pictures, too, on top of which was an excellent selection of 9ct gold jewellery and so much more besides, making the four-day auction a huge success and showing the popularity of rare ceramics and jewellery at our auctions!

This Orthodox style oil painting on panel of a scholar reading attracted a great amount of interest from bidders, who contested it up to a hammer price of £4,500!

Coming up in November

Looking ahead to our upcoming November Fine Art auction, we have yet more exciting collections to be featured, with plenty of rare ceramics and jewellery to be offered.

Featured among the stunning items of jewellery to be offered in November is this three stone diamond ring, set with round cut diamonds. It carries an estimate of £3,000-£6,000.

A lovely piece of Prestige Moorcroft, this Swallowtail trial vase is estimated at £900-£1,800.

Within the British ceramics we’ll be featuring is an extensive range of Shelley China, a selection of which comprises some wonderful Wileman & Co. Intarsio pieces. A fabulous variety of Moorcroft items will be featured, to include a number of pieces by William Moorcroft, and examples by Rachel Bishop, Anji Davenport Kerry Goodwin & others.

Also to be featured is this fantastic and rare Doulton Lambeth figure of a jester by George Tinworth. Titled ‘The Jester’ and with inscriptions to the base, the figure is estimated at £5,000-£8,000.

Also to be featured, and incorporating a measure of rare pieces, will be a large collection of Royal Doulton figures and animals, together with Beswick figures, horses, animals & birds. On top of this, an array of expensive and 9ct gold jewellery, plus silverware and coins will be offered, along with a plethora of collectible items, pictures, furniture and much more – all coming together to promise another spectacular sale!

Among the broad selection of 9ct gold items to be offered is this rose gold double Albert watch chain. Hallmarked on every link, it will be featured with an estimate of £1,100-£2,200.

Do you have rare ceramics and jewellery to sell?

Our team of expert valuers is always happy to assist you. Free valuation days are held at our Silverdale saleroom every Tuesday. Arrange an appointment via our booking form here, or you can email us at or call 01782 638100.

We also provide valuations via WhatsApp – simply send some clear photos of your items via the app to 07864 667940.