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A very good example of this celebrated output was discovered by Sandbach auctioneers Andrew, Hilditch & Son (12% buyer's premium) in a Cheshire home. The vessel, pictured right, stands around 11in (27cm) high with its berry-form stopper, and features a typically organic form embellished with metallic maroon and royal blue glazes highlighted in gilt.

There was some damage to the stopper but - with five telephones booked (including one from Budapest) - it raced past its modest estimate to bring £5300 from a London-based collector-dealer.