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Strawser, from Fort Wayne, hosts two majolica sales a year, ranging from entry-level pieces in the $100-500 price bracket to top-notch British wares that have made landmark sums.

Pictured right is the monkey riding a tortoise and using a snake as a rein from the fable Sloth and Mischief, one of the most popular of Copeland pieces.

Below right is one of the best sellers in a 250-lot collection of oyster plates to be included in the Strawser auction promises to be this unusual Minton example, with five fish flanking cobalt blue wells.