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Anything connected to Nelson is likely to be sought after, but this piece had the added cachet of having been ordered by the hero of Trafalgar himself and his mistress Emma Hamilton during their visit to the factory on August 26, 1802.

In the event, the buyer was a
member of the London trade bidding in the room on behalf of a private client against telephones and commission bids.

They secured the vase at £12,500 plus 17.625 per cent buyer’s premium.