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Sunderland pottery fetches thousands at auction

Sunderland Lustreware pottery.
Sunderland Lustreware pottery.
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A COLLECTION of pottery from Wearside has sold at auction for thousands of pounds.

One hundred pieces of Sunderland Lustreware was sold at Anderson and Garland during a three-day sale.

The Sunderland pottery was the largest single-owner collection the auctioneers and valuers had sold in years and fetched a total of £13,938.

Ceramics specialist Steven Moore, from Anderson and Garland auction house, in Newcastle, said: “This is all stuff that is made for ordinary people, so there are stories on them made to commemorate people who worked in the mines, the shipyards.”

“It’s something that is very well known in collectors circles and it can be hard to find good examples because they were made for ordinary people and it was not always treasured.

“A lot of it got damaged or destroyed.”

Lustrewear refers to pottery or porcelain with a metallic glaze that gives the effect of iridescence.

The Sunderland collection spans the early to late 19th century and was made at potteries located along the banks of the River Wear.

Mr Moore, 46, is an expert on the pottery and said he is passionate about the style because of the stories that are on each piece.

He said: “It’s a slice of social history really. There were four pieces that were very interesting from the 1826 Alnwick election.

“There was a lot of rivalry between the contestants and they bribed voters to come and vote by buying them beer.”

The collection all came from the same avid fan of the Lustreware who recently died, and Mr Moore said that the huge collection sparked a lot of interest in fans of the pottery and were sold to various bidders.

“There was a lot of interest and people were bidding on the internet as well,” he said.

“There are a lot of people who collect it. It’s all about the thrill of the chase, so I think it was exciting when this collection came on the market.”

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