Large Clarice Cliff ginger jar in the Sliced Circle pattern, £12,000 at Mellors & Kirk.

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This example offered by Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham on September 12 was unusually large at 14½in (37cm) high.

Made by AJ Wilkinson c.1929, it is also in one of most desirable patterns of the Bizarre range, the so-called Sliced Circle design inspired by European Modernism. It was perhaps an exhibition piece.

In good condition, apart from a few small scuffs to the paintwork, it sailed past its modest guide of £1500-2000 to bring £12,000 from an internet bidder using

Eagerly contested


Bow copy of a Kangxi ‘warrior’ plate, £5000 at Mellors & Kirk.

A group of early English blue and white porcelain yielded the sale’s most eagerly contested lot. This was a rare Bow copy of a Kangxi ‘warrior’ plate. To the reverse are auspicious objects plus a mock Chinese three-character mark within concentric circles.

Only a handful of these are known dated to the late 1750s. This one, in good condition, save a small rim chip, improved on its three-figure guide to bring £5000.