Three Pinxton porcelain bough pots painted c.1800 ‘en camaieu’ that sold for £7000 at Chorley’s.

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Painted c.1800 en camaieu in dark green with Georgian buildings, one titled Butterley Hall, two were signed for Sarah Jessop.

As well as a talented decorator, she was the wife of William Jessop, the noted civil engineer best known for his work on canals, harbours and the early railways. He was co-founder of the Butterley Iron Works, Derbyshire.

The inherent rarity of large Pinxton wares, coupled with this connection to the industrial history of Derbyshire, led to an impressive bid of £7000 at the auction on January 30-31.

The largest pot at 10in (25cm) across had a number of cracks but the two smaller pots and covers were in better condition.