Saleroom: Perfect pottery

Part of the collection of Moorcroft under the hammer at Tennants

Part of the collection of Moorcroft under the hammer at Tennants

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An impressive single-owner collection of 174 pieces of early and modern Moorcroft pottery and enamels, worth an estimated £10,000-£15,000, is to be auctioned at a Tennants antiques and interiors sale in Leyburn next Saturday. One of the best early pieces in the collection is a fabulous ruby lustre vase designed by William Moorccroft for his then employer, James Macintyre & Co, in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1908.

Heron swoop: Headingley-born Patrick Heron’s Squares and Discs Disintegrating, Orange and Maroon in Blues (1969) has a guide price of £15,000-£25,000 at Christie’s, South Kensington, on Wednesday, while Bradford-born Richard Eurich’s 1929 pencil drawing, Returning from the Shore, should fetch £2,000-£3,000.

Baby bronzes: Wakefield-born Dame Barbara Hepworth’s tiny sculptures Miniature of Winged Figure and Corymb each fetched $87,500 (£57,950) at Sotheby’s in New York. Her Upright Solitary Form (Amulet), under 3.5in. high, made $43,750 (£28,986).

Pedigree Corgi: The David Cole collection of Corgi toys fetched some fabulous prices at Vectis of Thornaby, including an Aston Martin DB4 pre-production trial model, complete with yellow-carded picture box and sticker, which made £4,080. Mr Cole was a development engineer for Corgi from 1969-83.

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