The English porcelain highlight of the last month was undoubtedly this Worcester coffee pot sold at Tunbridge Wells & Hastings.
Despite giving it a very meagre estimate of
£200-300, the auctioneers catalogued it perfectly correctly, dating
it to c.1752 and referencing a similar example in Geoffrey Godden's
Guide to English Blue and White Porcelain.
These very early Worcester coffee pots are
unusually small at just 5½in (13cm) high and their form mirrors
others in silver from the 1740s. Some scholars have called them
chocolate pots. Most surviving examples are in polychrome and in
the Meissen style, but this one was decorated in underglaze blue
with a chinoiserie landscape.
It was in good condition and retained its
original lid, unlike a similar pot at the V&A.
Anyone hoping to buy it anywhere near the
estimate was destined to be sorely disappointed. Against nine
telephone bidders from around the globe, London dealer Albert Amor
Ltd in the room won it at £35,000.
The coveted pot was spotted in a box of
modern blue and white Chinese porcelain. The vendor had owned it
for many years, and considered it valueless after another auction
house refused to sell it for him.
The sale took place at The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells on
September 28. Thebuyer's premium was 18%.