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A highlight in the Albert Amor exhibition is this rare 2½in (6cm) high Bristol sander in coloured enamels with a spray of flowers and leaves dating to c.1772 when the factory was still under Cookworthy’s ownership. It is priced at £4500.

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Running until October 15, it features around 100 individual pieces from the early factories of William Cookworthy (1705-80), father of the English porcelain industry, and his business partner Richard Champion (1743-91).

The majority come from Vanessa Stevenson, a Bristol-based collector who built her collection over a 30-year period and bought regularly from Albert Amor.

Prompted to sell following a house move, her collection includes many pieces with provenance to earlier well-known collectors in the field of Plymouth and Bristol porcelain, including Alfred Trapnell whose collection of 1200 pieces was sold by Albert Amor in 1912.

Proprietor Mark Law said: “That so many pieces formerly in the Trapnell Collection should return to Albert Amor for sale 109 years after their first appearance with us means a great deal to me, particularly as 2021 marks 20 years since I took over the business from my predecessor Mrs George.”

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