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A pair of Derby yellow ground chocolate cups, covers and stands – £5200 at Stroud Auctions.

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Both are decorated to a canary yellow ground with gilt enriched borders and (untitled) vignettes of English landscapes to one side and bouquets of garden flowers to the other.

With a little connoisseurship it may be possible to put a name to the artist. The multi-talented William Billingsley is an obvious candidate for the floral decoration, while the landscapes are very much in the style of factory decorators Thomas ‘Jockey’ Hill, Zachariah Boreman or John Brewer.

Part of a collection of late 18th and early 19th century English porcelain offered for sale at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) on August 4, the pair went way over a £200-400 estimate to bring £5200.