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The ceramics scene setters

Spotlight on four auctions in the same month offering English designs

While English ceramics feature in most provincial sales, November provided four auctions where the market could be looked at overall.

The viewing for sales at Historical & Collectable (20% buyer’s premium), set up near Reading in 2003 by veteran specialist Andrew Hilton, is always a draw for Prattware and commemoratives enthusiasts. However, the November 18 sale included something from the mainstream.

This was a 30-piece Barr, Flight & Barr floral specimen dessert service, a very expensive showpiece in c.1810 when the factory’s top decorator William Billingsley painted it with individual, different botanical specimens.

Comprising two tureens and covers, two 11in (28cm) wide oval dishes and 24 8in (21cm) diameter plates (there were probably originally 36), it would have been designed to be displayed in the finest 19th century dining rooms.

The 21st century problem was summed up in a question put by Hilton: “How many people have dining rooms these days?”

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