Beswick was a Staffordshire pottery firm established in the late 19th century.

Although it produced decorative tablewares, its chief claim to collecting fame today is its series of ornamental figures: domestic and farm animals and characters based on literature and film such as Beatrix Potter books and Disney characters.

August ‘blip’ in the 20th century

04 September 2000

UK: The market for 20th century collectable ceramics can be a fickle beast – as quick to react to fashion as a high street shirt – so one should not necessarily be surprised to learn that, for once, Christie’s South Kensington (17.5 per cent buyer’s premium) found the temperature variable when they dipped their toes into these waters on August 25, 2000.