The 2ft (61cm) plaque, painted in the Art Nouveau style with a scene from classical mythology within a border of fish and seaweed, was making a relatively swift return to the auction block.
In April 2015 – after its acquisition for just £20 at a boot fair – it sold for £7000 at 1818 Auctioneers in Cumbria. The estimate this time was £4000-6000.
The plaque bears an impressed Burmantofts Faience mark and is inscribed with the date 87 and the monogram LK for the decorator Leonard King. The extra painted ‘shell’ mark is thought to denote pieces made for a Saltaire exhibition timed to mark Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee.
The price shares the factory record with an Anglo-Persian style vase sold in 2005 at Anderson & Garland in Newcastle.
A full report on the near sell-out single-owner sale will appear in a future issue.