The second tranche of ceramics, paintings, sketches and ephemera produced by various members of the Rhead family of potters was sold at the latest fine art sale held by Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter.
The Rhead-Cronin collection was formed by
Richard Harry Rhead-Cronin, the son of Marie Rhead and nephew of
Charlotte Rhead, with all items gifted or passed down through the
The 45 lots included previously unrecorded
patterns and forms - many of them eagerly contested by dealers and
The financial highlight was this 12in
(30.5cm) pâte-sur-pâte porcelain vase made by Frederick Alfred
Rhead (1856-1933), probably for Minton.
The text below the central scene of an angel
holding aloft a blue bowl is taken from the verse 48 of the
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: And when the angel with his darker
draught draws up to thee-take that and do not shrink.
Aged just 14, Rhead (who had studied under
his father at the Newcastle-under-Lyme School of Art) was
apprenticed to Minton for seven years working under pâte-sur-pâte
master Louis Solon.
Estimated at £1500-2000 for the sale on
January 22-23, the vase was competed by two phones to £17,000.
The buyer's premium was 19%.