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It certainly caused a stir when it surfaced at the Cumbrian salerooms of Penrith Farmer’s & Kidd’s (11.75 per cent buyer’s premium) on June 30.

Comprising 43 unopened glass phials of powdered overglaze enamelling colours with printed labels and seals, two bottles of an unidentified medium and one of turpentine, a glass grinding slab and muller, a palette knife with a carved ivory handle and a porcelain plaque for firing colour samples with a printed key on the reverse – all housed as three layers in two trays, this exceptionally rare set was complete apart from four missing phials and sold to a private
collector at £800.