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Pioneers of Martinware market

Classic Wally bird leads Canadian auction of 92-lot group amassed by trailblazing collectors

Martinware highlights

£1 = Can$1.70

When Bill Kime, senior decorative arts specialist at the Waddington’s (20% buyer’s premium) saleroom, was contacted early last year by a couple from British Columbia about selling their collection of Martinware, he jumped at the chance.

The owners were clients of the Toronto auction house who had been selling their Moorcroft pottery for some time but Kime, who knew them and their collections well, had always hoped that one day he might get to sell their Martin Brothers pottery which had been assembled over decades.

Visiting the vendors to discuss the prospective sale, he suggested an unusual solution to the task of transporting the collection to Waddington’s. He would fly out to Vancouver, hire a van and then drive the whole packed collection right across Canada to Toronto himself. “It was a treat for me – I got to see Canada coast to coast,” he said of his 10-day cross-country trek.

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