Antique ceramic and glass lovers will get double the pleasure when Bonhams holds separate British Pottery and British Glass sales on November 12 at the auction house’s New Bond Street premises in London.
The Fine British Pottery and Porcelain sale has a strong section of Royal Worcester porcelain, the highlight of which is a vase and cover by George Owen and Edward Salter, with an estimate of £60,000-80,000. Dated 1899, this vase represents ‘a unique collaboration between two of Royal Worcester’s finest craftsmen,’ Bonhams said.
George Owen formed a large pierced-body vase, with his distinctive honeycomb pattern and an ‘Arabesque’ band around the middle. On the front is a Chinese pheasant, modelled in clay and highlighted with tooled and shaded goldwork by Edward Salter.
Also by Royal Worcester is a plaque by Harry Davis. Dated 1908, it depicts a roaring stag in a wooded Highland landscape and is estimated at £20,000-25,000.
The sale offers a range of English delftware too, including the Steve McManus Collection: portrait plates and dishes with cartoon-like renderings of Queen Anne, John Wilkes, William III and Prince George. And leading the early porcelain section is a flamboyant pair of mid-18th century Chelsea figures, the ‘Imperial Shepherd and Shepherdess’, set to fetch £8,000-10,000.
The Fine British Glass sale is led by an item from the Thomas A. Gray Collection: a rare, dated seal-bearing wine bottle from 1687, estimated at £18,000-25,000. There are also several named collections of 18th century wine glasses, ranging from £800 to £12,000.