The Pilkington’s vase sold for a record £75,000 at Kinghams.

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The 21in (53cm) high exhibition vase was offered as part of the Anthony J Cross collection of art pottery at Moreton-in-Marsh firm Kinghams on June 11 (see News, ATG No 2498).

It was bought at Kinghams for £75,000 (plus 23% buyer’s premium) by decorative arts dealer Alison Davey of AD Antiques in Gloucestershire who sold it in excess of £100,000 to the current owner.

She described her client as “a former friend” of Forsyth’s and added: “It’s the finest piece of Pilkington’s that I have seen in my career – such a privilege to have owned it briefly.”

One of only two known to exist and one of the largest pieces ever made by the factory, the vase depicts St George slaying the dragon in relief in golden lustre.

It was produced for the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition in London which ran for four months and attracted over eight million visitors.