TWO world record prices were achieved by Woolley & Wallis’ Salisbury salerooms as part of the British Art Pottery sale last week.
The sale included a selection of Moorcroft pottery from The Ken Manley Collection, the finest private collection in the country. A Flambe Carp pattern vase fetched a world record-breaking £26,840 and a Hesperian Ware Carp pattern jardinière sold for the same amount.
Top price on the day was reserved for a rare Martin Brothers stoneware grotesque jar and cover modelled as a seated, grotesque figure with balding pate, which surpassed the estimate of £30,000 to 40,000 to achieve £61,000 (including premium). Contemporary to the Martin ware was a Doulton Lambeth stoneware mouse group menu holder, by George Tinworth, dated 1885, which sold for £4,880.
The sale also highlighted studio pottery, with more than 200 lots included in the auction.
Michael Jeffery, head of the 20th Century Design department at Woolley & Wallis, said: “This was our finest specialist auction to date, with record bids and interest from all around the world which led to world records being set.”