As the Halls (23% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury catalogue of September 16 pointed out, they would originally have been finials and, indeed, similar examples can be seen on the parapet walls of the roof of Coade’s Georgian villa at Lyme Regis.
Provenanced to ‘the property of a titled estate’, the 2ft 1in (63cm) tall urns impressed to the base Coade Lambeth 1794 stood on 21in (53cm) tall fluted pedestals with rams’ head swags. They had some restoration and slight damage but sold towards the top end of the estimate to the Midlands trade at £9200.
A rare Caughley mug was immediately identified by Halls as similar to another offered at the Maurice Wright Collection sale three years ago.
The 3½in (8.5cm) tall mug was monogrammed and dated 1776 – the earliest known date to be inscribed on Caughley. Painted in blue with fruit sprays and a scroll cartouche enclosing a musical treble clef, it bore the initials CD and a crescent with a serif mark.
It could be attributed to the same hand as the 4½in (11cm) tall Wright Collection mug which sold at £3100 in 2017.
Against a £2000-3000 estimate, this mug sold to a collector in the room at £3600.