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Caughley collection shows the Wright ways to attract buyers

Shropshire auction of wares from short-lived ‘niche’ factory proves to be a good market test

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Single-owner, single-factory ceramics collections are always useful when they come up for auction. They give a snapshot of a market at a particular time.

Some factories are more widely collected than others. Chelsea, with its sophisticated early wares made for wealthy patrons, attracts international interest; Worcester, with its long production run and variety of styles, has many adherents.

Others occupy more niche sectors. One such is Caughley, the soft paste porcelain produced in Shropshire from the early 1770s until 1799 when the factory was bought by John Rose founder of Coalport.

During its run of just under two decades, Caughley produced largely useful wares in underglaze blue with either printed or painted patterns.

Occasionally these were distinguished by dates and inscriptions or, more rarely, by local scenes, and they also made miniature or toy wares. All of these are desirable features that can push up prices, but Caughley has never reached the kind of levels achieved by Chelsea, early Worcester or even fellow niche factory Lowestoft.

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