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Leading the Lowestoft section at Keys of Aylsham on July 17 is this pair of white glazed figures, believed to date c.1770, estimated at £4000-6000.

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Leading the section on July 17 is this pair of white glazed figures, believed to date c.1770, and modelled as musicians wearing contemporary dress and striking dancing poses. The 7½in (19cm) high male holds a triangle and the female a mandolin or lute.

Keys’ ceramics specialist David Broom says he has not seen a pair of white glazed figures like these on the market for at least 30 years.

“Most of the Lowestoft factory’s output was focussed on tea wares and other utility pieces, and decorative items are much rarer and therefore much sought after by collectors,” he adds.

The pair is estimated at £4000-6000.

The sale will also feature the second part of a single-owner collection of Lowestoft, offering nearly 100 lots of polychrome ware, including pieces decorated in the Tulip Painter style (so called after the anonymous Lowestoft artist whose flowers always feature a full-blown tulip).

According to Keys, the extensive group is one of the largest private collections of Lowestoft ever to come to market.

The first tranche, offered for sale in March, totalled £40,000 and was led by a c.1780 figure of a recumbent ram which sold at an above-estimate £2100.

keysauctions.co.uk