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Pâte-sur-pâte vase by Frederick Alfred Rhead – £17,000 at Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood.

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The Rhead-Cronin collection was formed by Richard Harry Rhead-Cronin, the son of Marie Rhead and nephew of Charlotte Rhead, with all items gifted or passed down through the family.

The 45 lots included previously unrecorded patterns and forms - many of them eagerly contested by dealers and collectors.

The financial highlight was this 12in (30.5cm) pâte-sur-pâte porcelain vase made by Frederick Alfred Rhead  (1856-1933), probably for Minton.

'Darker Draught'

The text below the central scene of an angel holding aloft a blue bowl is taken from the verse 48 of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: And when the angel with his darker draught draws up to thee-take that and do not shrink.

Aged just 14, Rhead (who had studied under his father at the Newcastle-under-Lyme School of Art) was apprenticed to Minton for seven years working under pâte-sur-pâte master Louis Solon.

Estimated at £1500-2000 for the sale on January 22-23, the vase was competed by two phones to £17,000.

The buyer's premium was 19%.