Posted on 25th November 2016

One of the biggest private collections of Middlesbrough's famous Victorian pottery will go under the hammer at our Winter Antiques Catalogue Sale on Tuesday 6 December. Hundreds of pieces of Linthorpe Art Pottery will be auctioned, providing a unique opportunity to acquire these much-sought-after designs.

The Pottery only existed between 1879 and 1889 but during this ten-year period it created some of the finest pieces of art pottery of the 19th century, which are now highly prized by collectors across the globe. Much of its success was due to its connections with the world-famous designer Christopher Dresser whose works rank highly alongside his contemporaries in the arts and crafts movement such as William Morris.


The collection was inherited and has been built up over the years by Mr Tyrer Kidd of Seaton Hall, in North Yorkshire. This historic manor house is soon to undergo major renovation lasting several years and Mr Kidd has decided to sell the collection rather than put it into storage.

Divided into 43 separate lots - with some containing multiple items – the collection comprises a wide range of vases, jugs, cups, saucers and bowls, including individual pieces by Christopher Dresser. Prices range from £30 to £50 for a jardiniere up to £600 to £800 for a collection of tea wares.

Single pieces of Linthorpe always generate plenty of interest locally but to have so many examples is very unusual. We are expecting the size of the collection, especially as it contains pieces with the all-important Christopher Dresser signature, to have a wide appeal. 

The sale itself starts at 10.00am on Tuesday 6 December and bidding can be made in person, online or via the telephone. The contents of the sale can be viewed on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December between 10.00am and 1.00pm and on Monday 5 December from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

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