Although made for just a few years (they were not the most practical of forms), as an icon of British Art Deco, they have, in collecting terms, long been the factory’s most desirable output.
From Chevron to Sunray and Blocks to Butterfly Wing, Vogue and Mode shapes were decorated with a multitude of patterns and colourways – all of them collectable, but some are more familiar than others.
The part tea set offered by Anderson & Garland (25% buyer’s premium) as part of a Homes & Interiors sale in Newcastle upon Tyne on November 15 was recognised by collectors as the Truncated J or 11755 pattern to the Mode shape.
It was made in several colourways, including coral red, orange and blue but this was in a harder-to-find green. Comprising five cups, six saucers, six side plates, a cream jug and a sandwich plate, it was always likely to find plenty of admirers at its estimate of just £80-120.
However, the hammer price was a punchy £3600.