George Tinworth clock case for Doulton Lambeth, estimate £3000-5000 at Sworders.

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The 100 lots were amassed by Ann Turner, a musician who enjoyed a lifelong passion for Doulton. She bought quality pieces at auction and through dealers across more than 40 years, filling her house in Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire from floor to ceiling.

The collection’s focus is the work of the top artists and designers working at the Doulton factory in Lambeth in the latter part of the 19th century.

John Black, head of design at Sworders, says: “The range of this collection is truly astonishing. Not only are all of Doulton’s best-known artists represented but many of the pieces are the best of their kind.”

George Tinworth’s whimsical and anamorphic models scarcely need an introduction. The collection has some good examples including a rare clock case modelled as a nautilus shell chariot pulled by cherubs riding seahorses. The shellwork to this piece, pictured here, estimated at £3000-5000, is decorated by Hannah Barlow.