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Most were small flambé-glazed animal models made c.1905-15 during the time Moore operated his own studio in Stoke-on-Trent – topped at £320 by a rare 5in (12cm) model of a seated Bactrian camel with the humps providing apertures for floral specimens or pens.

Sold at £300 was a 3in (7cm) model of a Diakokan with a blue and flambé glaze, while a model of a startled frog took £180. All retained the original glass eyes sometimes missing in these models.

Comfortably the most commercial piece in this collection was a 9in (23cm) plate decorated with a Symbolist style image of a girl holding a lamp, in flambé, black, yellow and petrol lustre glazes. This particular piece is that illustrated on the back cover of Aileen Dawson’s 1982 factory history Bernard Moore, Master Potter, 1850-1935 and was purchased at Sotheby’s in 1991 as part of the William Wiltshire Collection of British art pottery.

Estimated at £400-600, it sold at £1300.

The auction took place on September 29.