William and Mary delft portrait plate, £2600 at Kinghams.

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Kinghams (25% buyer’s premium) auction had this example to offer in its July 27-28 Fine and Decorative Arts sale in Gloucestershire.

The 8½in (22cm) diameter commemorative William and Mary plate of c.1680, featuring a polychrome double portrait of the crowned monarchs with the initials WMR, sold for £2600 (estimate £800-1200).

Queen in profile


Sunderland portrait plaque of Queen Caroline, £400 at Kinghams.

The auction also featured a later, c.1820, piece of royal commemorative pottery, this time in Sunderland lustre in the form of a 6 x 5in (15 x 12cm) plaque relief moulded with a crowned and initialled profile portrait of Queen Caroline set within an integrated yellow and purple frame.

It realised £400 (guide £100-150) in the Moreton-in-Marsh auction.


Moore and Co Sunderland punchbowl, £250 at Kinghams.

Another Sunderland lustre item came in the form of a 12in (29.5cm) diameter punchbowl made by Moore and Co.

While the polychrome prints of Sunderland Bridge and the Gauntlet Clipper Ship are typical decorative features on such pieces, the canine portraits titled to the interior and exterior Dignity and Impudence are more unusual.

The dogs take the names from the title of a popular canine painting by Sir Edwin Landseer.

It sold for £250 against an estimate of £50-80.