Clarice Cliff vase in Blue Lucerne pattern
A Clarice Cliff lotus vase decorated in the Blue Lucerne pattern which sold for £3400 at Maxwells of Wilmslow.

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A decade ago, when the market was closer to its peak, large pieces in both the orange and the blue colourways could command over £5000.

Prices are now lower. Last year several pieces of Orange Lucerne, offered as part of the collection of James Fairfax at Duke’s of Dorchester in February, took decent sums (including £2000 for a flared bottle form vase) while a sleeve vase took £2700 at Fieldings in April.

On January 20, Maxwells of Wilmslow, Cheshire offered this 12in (30cm) two-handled lotus vase decorated in the Blue Lucerne pattern on behalf of a local family who had owned it for many years.

In near perfect condition, it sold to an online bidder at £3400 (estimate £1500-2000).