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Top 20 Sales at Auction: Fine Art

Fareeha Ahmad

July 2023

Our highly anticipated July Fine Art Auction was a novel, whirlwind adventure for the Potteries Auctions team. 4 days. Over 2,800 lots. An international audience of buyers. This impressive effort ultimately paid off as we saw some incredible sales over the 4 days and have documented the top 20 sales at auction for you to browse.
20. Six Large Framed Maps, 17th/18th Century, £2,100
19. Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, Oak Chest of 4 Drawers, £2,100
18. Royal Doulton, Spook Figure, £2,100
17. Royal Doulton, ‘The Mountaineer’ Prototype Figure, £2,150
16. J. Smith for Royal Worcester, Large Footed Dragon Bowl, £2,200
15. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date, £2,300
14. L. S. Lowry Signed Print, Peel Park, Salford, £2,500
13. D. Fuller for Royal Worcester, Gadroon Bowl, £2,700
12. J. Bowman for Royal Worcester, Two Handled Tureen & Cover, £2,800
11. M. M. Rogers for Doulton Lambeth, Stoneware Isobath, £2,800
10. L.S Lowry Signed Print, Mill Scene, £3,000
9. J. Smith for Royal Worcester, Two Handled Urns, £3,000
8. Early 19th Century Staffordshire, Elephant with Bocage Figure, £3,000
7. H. Price for Royal Worcester, Two Handled Urn & Cover, £3,600
6. L. S. Lowry Signed Print, ‘The Football Match’, £3,900
5. Colin Melbourne for Wade, ‘Ivy’ Symbolic Pottery Figure, £4,200

After Wade Ceramics went into administration in 2022, Potteries Auctions were lucky enough to retrieve some of the stock from the factory archives.

We were delighted to see ‘Ivy’ returned to the Wade family as Mr George Wade was successful in securing her. He is the grandson of former Wade Chairman Col. George Wade and plans for Ivy to be displayed publicly in the future.

“I’ve known her (Ivy) for all my life and never thought I’d see the day come where we might be able to bring her back into the family”.

4. Oil Painting of Orthodox style, £4,500
3.  Royal Doulton, Bunnykins Figure of Witch with Broom & Pumpkins, £5,600
2. George Tinworth for Doulton Lambeth, plaque set of the Four Seasons, £6,100
1. Royal Doulton, Bunnykins Figure of Witch Flying over Moon & Clouds, £6,100

Out of the top 20 sales at auction, 2 were the ever-popular Bunnykins figures. They did not quite reach the incredible sale price of £35,500 as we saw in our July 2022 Fine Art sale, but they were impressive nonetheless!

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