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Royal Doulton Black Santa JugLocated roughly 20 miles from the heart of the potteries, it’s little wonder Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones sees a significant amount of ceramics pass through its sales. However, examples set to come under the hammer in its Friday, 2nd December 2016 have surprised even its experienced ceramics specialists.

The lots in question have been drawn from a single-owner Royal Doulton collection which is set to be sold through the auction house over the next twelve months. Some 12 lots from the collection will feature in the Friday, 2nd December sale – including some particularly rare pieces.

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These include a number of character jugs, two of which particularly stand out from the crowd. The first is a large two-sided character jug depicting Mephistopheles. Complete with verse, Royal Doulton backstamp and measuring 14cm it is expected to achieve £300 – £500. The next stand-out jug is likely to be especially interesting to collectors as it is a prototype and therefore extremely rare. Seasonally featuring a black Father Christmas with reindeer handle and Royal Doulton backstamp, it measures 18.5cm in height and is tipped to fetch £500 – £1,000

Also, from the same collection, are a number of figurines; notably a sought-after HN1 numbered example of the Charles Vyse-modelled figure of a young child in a nightgown. Entitled ‘Darling’ potted circa 1913 and inscribed ‘C Vyse’ to the back, it is expected to achieve £300-£400. Another rare lot is a large figure of a Moor, modelled as a Middle Eastern figure in unusual green and pale blue colourway and 47cm in height with Doulton stamp to the base it should fetch in the region of £600 – £1,000.

MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:

“While we get plenty of decorative ceramics through the doors, this particular collection has some exceptional pieces. It was amassed by the vendor over a number of years and he has now decided to sell as he’s had so much enjoyment out of collecting and is selling on hopefully to collectors of the future.

“And the items in this collection are exactly the type that will have Royal Doulton fans clamouring – all are in excellent condition and there are many rare examples, such as the prototype jugs, some of which will never have made it into production and therefore are extremely few and far between – if not unique. This means we anticipate significant interest not only from the domestic collecting community but from the US, where there is a huge Royal Doulton fanbase, likely to bid via our live online bidding platform. ”

The lots will come under the hammer during Cuttlestones’ Friday 2nd December Fine Art Auction in Penkridge.

The full catalogue will be available online at from Friday 25th Dec, with viewing on the morning of and day prior to the sale. For those unable to attend on the day, live internet, telephone and advance commission bidding options are available. For details contact 01785 714905 or email [email protected]

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