Tennants sale in Leyburn on March 24-26 enjoyed a substantial contribution from George Tinworth (1843-1913) and his wonderful anthropomorphic mice.
There were 19 of these Doulton Lambeth groups in total - the
largest offering of its kind in recent memory - and all but a
couple were exhibited at pioneering London exhibitions held in the
'70s by ceramics expert and author Richard Dennis.
Most carried a degree of restoration but there were some
rarities among them and estimates in the hundreds put little
pressure on what in recent years has proved a strong but
occasionally volatile market.
Collectively they carried an upper estimate of £12,000 but sold
at £66,000, predominantly to the trade.
A trio of bids of £4800 topped the selection.
Sharing the honours were Steeple Chase - mice being
ridden by frogs over a water jump); Wait Water - a group
of three musicians about to have a jug of water thrown over them;
and The Wheelwright - a mouse mending a wheel watched by