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A c.1880 tobacco jar and cover – £2200 at David Duggleby.

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In generally good condition bar a few nibbles to the base, the 6½in (16.5cm) tall jar featured cricketers in a continuous relief-moulded band against a saltglaze ground and a finial modelled as a seated batsman. It is a rare piece with obvious appeal to cricketing memorabilia in particular.

An American buyer was perhaps not expected but after bidding went quickly past the £100-200 estimate at the auction on March 6, the jar sold to the US at £2200.

The Tinworth effect

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Doulton Lambeth George Tinworth Jack And The Green group – £5400 at David Duggleby.

Through the travails of Doulton Lambeth and other UK potteries in recent years some major names have withstood the downturn better than others. The market for the more whimsical works of George Tinworth (1843-1913) remains very solid.

His story of talent and hard work triumphing over young days in grinding poverty is well known. His work decorating churches and cathedrals brought him public renown but it is the anthropomorphic figure groups he produced at Lambeth, which have occasionally featured on these pages, for which collectors know and love him.

Two frog groups went well above estimates at Scarborough.

Frogs represent the wicker man and musicians in a Jack And The Green group, based on the old English May Day celebrations. The 5½in (13.5cm) tall group with pressed and incised marks was estimated at £1000-1200 but sold at £5400.

The other Tinworth piece was his plainer stoneware Frog in a Canoe, a 5in (12.5cm) long figure which took £1300 against a £500- 800 estimate.