Michael Lloyd bowl hallmarked for 1977 - £3200 at Potteries Auctions.

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Lloyd celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year with an exhibition of recently made pieces, which are typically hand raised and worked with leaves and flowers,

This example offered in a Staffordshire auction, however, was made before the major commissions and institutional acclaim arrived. Hallmarked for the Silver Jubilee year of 1977, at the time Lloyd, who had studied at the Vittoria School of Jewellery, Birmingham (1970-73) and the Royal College of Art, London (1976), was working from his first studio on a Dutch barge.

The diminutive 3in (8cm) bowl weighing just over 2oz was pitched at just £25-50 when offered for sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Newcastle-under-Lyme on November 14. The hammer price was a more impressive £3200.

Sidney Beddall


Five-piece silver tea and coffee service by Sidney Beddall - £4000 at The Pedestal.

The stylish five-piece silver tea and coffee service by Sidney Beddall pictured above sold on lower estimate for £4000 at the Design For Living sale at The Pedestal (25% buyer’s premium) in Henley-on-Thames on November 10.

Weighing 111oz with its angular ebonised handles, it carries marks for Sheffield (1973 and 1976) and is also stamped Designed Hand Made by S. Beddall.

A magazine advert from the 1970s shows Beddall at his workbench with an item from a service such as this clearly pictured in the foreground.