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The many faces of Burmantofts

‘Finest private collection’ highlights length and breadth of Leeds factory’s 24-year production

It was, said specialist Michael Jeffery, “one of, if not the finest, collections of Burmantofts put together by a private individual”.

The 700-plus Victorian art pots from a south of England collection offered at Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on June 22 covered all aspects of the Leeds factory’s output, from conservatory heaters to grotesques.

Some visitors had taken the opportunity to view highlights at the firm’s London office in early June. Others perused the 300 lots online or via a single-owner catalogue. But for the full impact of this wall-to-wall collection it was necessary to visit the saleroom. All those who made the journey (there were 64 different buyers for a near sell-out sale) declared it the finest selection to come to auction.

The best productions of the Burmantofts factory are admired well beyond the confines of their native Yorkshire.

As reported in ATG No 2298, the sale was topped by a Neptune charger sold to a collector of Victorian decorative arts at £13,000.

The 2ft (61cm) plaque, last sold two years ago as a £20 boot fair find for £7000 at 1818 Auctions in Cumbria, now shares the factory record with a 21in (53cm) Anglo-Persian fish vase sold by Anderson & Garland in Newcastle in 2005.

At their best, Burmantofts’ low-fired wares in the Isnik palette rival the output of William de Morgan. Most pieces carry the initials LK that 1891 census records suggest is a factory worker by the name of Leonard King.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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