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To this end his home included numerous dinner and tea services, 19th and 20th century majolica ware being a particular favourite.

A large selection is on offer among the ceramics in this auction ranging from lots of assembled tablewares running to several hundred pieces down to small teasets.

Pictured above is one of them. The English, Holdcroft, eight-piece majolica part tea service comprises a quatrilobed tray, two cups and saucers, a milk jug and teapot and has an estimate of €500-800.