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Ceramics stateside

In the first part of a four-page special, Anne Crane reports on the USA’s continuing love affair with the Wedgwood factory at a recent auction in Boston

Ceramics

1. The most expensive piece of Wedgwood in the Skinner sale did not come from the Laver collection but was one of more than 30 lots from a New York collector.

The 11½in (29cm) high black basalt vessel of rhyton form modelled as a classical head leapfrogged its $400-600 guide to take $17,000 (£12,880) from an American collector. “It wasn’t two people – there was a considerable amount of interest well into the five figures,” said Skinner’s Stuart Slavid.

He added: “It was a rare piece. It was not marked, there has not been enough of them on the market to say ‘this is Wedgwood, this is not Wedgwood’. The quality was absolutely there but we always find it better to go in with a low estimate and let the audience make the determination.”

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