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Dated 1913, it was decorated by Gordon Forsyth with panels of ladies walking in a woodland landscape, in blue, brown, green and golden lustre on an orange ground.

This came by descent from the family of Edward Fielden Pilkington, the son of factory founder Charles Pilkington. It was possibly a special commission for the Pilkington family (a wedding gift was mooted) or made for an exhibition. Estimated at a relatively modest £3000-5000, it sold at £14,000.

The sale was also notable for a silver dish decorated by John Pearson (of Newlyn copper fame). Relatively little silver is known by Pearson, so this 10in (26cm) dish with dolphin and waterweed border decoration, pictured above, is something of a touchstone object.

As well as the inscription J Pearson 1894, a full set of London hallmarks and a stated JP roundel appear. Two similar dishes were offered by W&W in June 2006 selling at £2000 and £4500. This example sold at £3000 (estimate £2000-3000).