The Pugh Collection of English Ceramics
Our Fine Sale on June 11 includes a remarkably rich collection from what many consider the “Golden Age” of English ceramics. It was amassed over many years by John and Jane Pugh who insisted on investing in only the best examples available, and consequently the collection is notable for its consistently fine condition.
Many of the greatest names in English ceramics are represented: Worcester, Minton, Derby, Spode and Staffordshire, amongst others. A highlight of the collection is a Barr, Flight & Barr Worcester vase in a shield shape, with a central panel painted, as was typical with Worcester of this period, with a topographical view, and dating from about 1808. It is in immaculate and original “factory fresh” condition, the gilding completely untarnished, and is estimated at £2,000-3,000.
William ‘Quaker’ Pegg (1796-1851) is considered one of the finest botanical artists ever to decorate porcelain. A member of The Society of Friends from 1800, he was a fascinating and, in some ways, an eccentric character, and this is reflected in the boldness of his later work as represented on two exceptionally fine Derby plates in the sale. They are both estimated at £1,000-2,000, and are just two more highlights of this important 56 lot collection.
We are still taking in lots for the sale on 11th June – the sale has a huge amount of other good things, including books, silver, bronzes, jewellery etc. More details to come in the coming weeks…