The country house sale of the summer, Bonhams’ on-site, two-day auction of the contents of Trelissick House in Cornwall, including The Copeland China collection of Spode, totalled £2.06m, with every lot sold.
Among the highlights in the 835-lot sale was
a pair of unique Copeland and Garrett presentation cups with
matching salvers made for William Copeland and Thomas Garrett to
commemorate the signing of their partnership agreement in 1834. The
pieces were made using a porcelain paste that included material
from the ox bones gathered from a feast given to mark the event in
two inns in Stoke-on-Trent.
A pair of punchbowls from the same bones was
also made for the Talbot Inn and Wheatsheaf Inn (presumably the
places where celebrations had taken place).
A commission bid of £32,000 from a porcelain
collector secured the two cups well above the £8000-12,000
estimate. After the sale, Bonhams specialist John Sandon said:
"This is as important a piece of factory history as you could
The buyer's premium was 25/20/12%.
A full report of the sale which took place
on July 23-24 will appear in a future issue of ATG's printed