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These Staffordshire rooms
are known for their ceramic
successes so it was fitting that
the top sellers here were a pair
of Minton art pottery wall plaques.

The plaques, which were painted cherubs and catalogued as after Coleman, were taken up by an American whose successful commission bid of £2000 saw off all the competition.

A set of five 19th century monkey-band figures after models by Kändler were discovered in a box of junk at a local private house. Each figure was missing either an arm or a leg and there were various signs of repair. Bidders were not deterred and the set went to a bidder in the room at £980.

Discovered in the same box as the monkeys was a c.1810 pearlware figure group of St George and the Dragon. The figure had suffered extensive damage – the head had been re-glued, the horse’s ears and reins were missing, there was a chunk missing from the plinth and St George was missing his left leg. But the rarity of this elaborately decorated model saw it garner lots of interest and sell to a phone bidder for an over-estimate £350.

A Linthorpe art pottery moonflask with a Christopher Dresser signature to the base was brought to the rooms by its private vendor in a plastic bag. In untouched condition, the 5in (13cm) high vase attracted lots of interest and was knocked down at £440.

Topping the furniture was a c.1810 brass bound mahogany wine cooler which, despite the lack of a cover, took £1100. Elsewhere a mid-18th century walnut bureau with later alterations and additions brought £1000 and a mint condition boxed Schuco Radio 4012 car was taken up by a collector at £200.

Richard Winterton, Burton
January 16
Buyer’s premium: 11 per cent