BONHAMS Chester hosted a 484-lot collectable ceramics and applied arts sale on April 27.
Entries to find favour included Art Deco bronzes by major makers
such as Lorenzl and unusual ceramics by Susie Cooper and the
Beswick pottery, while buyers were found for all bar one of what
was a fairly routine 11-lot Liberty section.
However, the most expensive entry was a 1938 canteen by London
maker R.E. Store consigned by a local private vendor. Store was not
a prolific silversmith and this fairly comprehensive and stylish
Deco canteen for 12 settings sold at £8000.
The foremost bronze was a signed silvered slip of a dancing girl
dating to c.1925 with a floral painted skirt on a green marble base
by Joseph Lorenzl. Standing 7in (18cm) high, she fetched
The buoyant collectors market for Beswick farmyard ceramic animals
has been frequently commented upon in these pages in recent months,
so the £1000 tendered by a dealer to secure a cattle group
comprising an Ayreshire Cow and Bull, models 1374 and 1354,
unusually set on an L-shaped plinth, did not come as a great
surprise to the auction house.
A small quantity of these mounted groups were commissioned by the
publication Dairy Farmer and the inscription on the metal plaque on
this example (with slight restoration) revealed it had been
presented to the Denbighshire Young Farmers Association in
Elsewhere, a very healthy bid came on a Susie Cooper geometric
Although it lacked a teapot, this was an early example of the
potter's work and was painted and not printed. Its quality and
restrained but brightly coloured decoration of discs and zigzags
attracted several interested parties. It sold to a dealer at
The buyer's premium was 17.5/10%