Two Phyllis Keyes cups decorated by Vanessa Bell – £1300 at W&H Peacock.

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After firing, many pieces (typically marked with a crossed keys and the initial P) were offered for sale through Heal’s, sited nearby on Tottenham Court Road.

This pair of teacups with a simple design of yellow crosses against a blue ground were probably decorated by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961).


Two Phyllis Keyes cups decorated by Vanessa Bell, with mark shown here – £1300 at W&H Peacock.

One has significant crazing, two chips and a hairline crack, the other has two chips and discolouration. However, such is the market for Bloomsbury and Omega Workshops material they took £1300 (estimate £40-60) at W&H Peacock (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Bedford on February 18.