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Robust rostrum performances

Review of the market classics of ceramics, glass and furniture shows decent demand

It has been a generally encouraging spring at the UK rostrum, as these pages have recorded.

A latest look back at half-a-dozen auctions at major rooms reveals strong demand across the board of interests, and across the centuries to near the present day.

Spring sales highlighted the resurgence of modern pottery, with five-figure and occasional six-figure prices for major names.

But even the enormously fashionable Lucie Rie has her ceiling price – admittedly a fairly high ceiling.

Some top-end collectors have already secured their statement pieces and all the big-spenders are demanding the flawless best.

At Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Prinknash Abbey on May 15, two of Dame Lucie’s archetypal footed bowls with yellow glaze and bronze manganese drip rims, both with impressed artist’s seals, went on lower estimates.

One was a 3½in (9cm) porcelain footed bowl bought for £440 from the Oxford Gallery in 1986, the other a 6¾in (17.5cm) diameter stoneware bowl bought from the Peter Dingley Gallery in 1983 for £575 in 1983.

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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