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5th Jul 2017
Lot 360 Pair of Lowestoft white glazed figures estimate 4000 6000

Two extremely rare Lowestoft porcelain figures will go under the hammer at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham later this month as part of a three day Fine Sale which also includes an extensive collection of nearly 100 lots of polychrome Lowestoft porcelain.

The two white glazed figures, believed to date from around 1770, are modelled as musicians in contemporary dress and dancing pose.  The male figure holds a triangle and the female figure a mandolin or lute.  The pre-sale estimate for the pair is £4,000-£6,000.

“These figures are crisply modelled and left in white, and they are thought to be the forerunners of enamelled figures produced a decade or so later,” said David Broom, Keys’ ceramics expert.

“Most of the Lowestoft factory’s output was focussed on tea wares and other utility pieces, and decorative items are much rarer and therefore much sought after by collectors.  We have not seen a pair of white glazed figures like this on the market for at least 30 years.”

In March Keys sold a blue and white Lowestoft model of a ram for £2,000.

The July Fine sale will also include the second part of an extensive collection of Lowestoft porcelain, featuring nearly 100 lots of polychrome ware.  Included in the collection is a good selection of tulip family pieces, including examples which are particularly well painted.

The Lowestoft porcelain will go under the hammer on the first day of Keys three day Fine Sale, which runs from Tuesday 18th July to Thursday 20th July.  More details at www.keysauctions.co.uk