A trial model of a champion dog led the way among a group of Beswick figures sold at a recent auction in Stoke-on-Trent.
This study of the black and white terrier Endon Black
Rod offered at
Louis Taylor was one of a group of six Beswick trial studies of
champion dogs modelled by Arthur Gredington and 'produced by kind
permission of and in collaboration with the owner'.
Accompanying the figure was a brief letter from Ewart Beswick to
Harry R. Brown of the Black Horse Hotel, Endon, type-written on
Beswick pottery headed notepaper dated October 27, 1942. It
Dear Harry. Mr Greddington [sic] will be over to see you
tomorrow morning with a large size setter which we are modelling
and should be very much obliged if you would go over it with him.
Yours sincerely Ewart Beswick.
The vendor's family were breeders of smooth-haired fox terriers
in the nearby village of Endon, around six miles from Stoke.
Like most of the 13 figures from this series, the standard
production model of Endon Black Rod is a known
Beswick rarity (one that can bring close to £200), but this was a
one-off with small differences to the colouring and hand painted,
rather than printed, marks to the feet. It led the group, bringing
£820 at the auction on March 10-11.
A similar study of the bull terrier Romany
Rhinestone took £720, while group lots combining trial
models of a Sealyham terrier (Forest Edge Foxglove) and a
greyhound (Jovial Roger) and an Airedale terrier (Cast
Iron Monarch) and a damaged Dalmatian (Arnoldene) took
£980 and £480 respectively.
The vendor was delighted and has found more models from the
series for a future sale.
The buyer's premium was 17.5%.
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