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Demand was particularly strong for work by Bernard Leach with a 16 1/2in (42cm) diameter cockerel design slipware dish, made in Japan in 1954 at the Funaki kilns, achieving a new auction high of £23,000, but there was also an especially high price for the piece by James Tower pictured here. This striking 211/4in (53cm) high tinglazed earthenware vase of 1984 from his Glacier series was battled out by two determined private collectors, one British and the other American, to a quadruple-estimate £23,000, with the hammer falling to the American.