This stoneware model of a rhino led the latest sale at Cottees which proved to be one of the most successful the Poole auctioneers have held in recent years.
The model was made in the 1970s as part of
the family of African animals created by one-time Poole Pottery
artist Guy Sydenham.
In May, Cottees took £5000 for one of
the two babies that went with this 16in (40cm) long adult and
auctioneer John Condie was delighted to see the purchasers back in
action for the parent piece offered on November 17.
They won it although they had to lock horns
with the owner of the other baby rhino and, as a result, the parent
piece went well past the £3000-4000 to sell at £7000 despite having
a reglued horn.
Another sale star was the iconic ´Sun God´
tile panel by Tony Morris which features on the back cover of
Leslie Hayward´s standard reference work Poole
Pottery and was originally intended to be a coffee table
Consigned by a former painter at the Poole
factory, it sold to a collector at £3800.
The buyer's premium was 15%.