Porcelain auctions set to be revived in Lowestoft

These three rare Lowestoft mugs are coming up for auction. Picture: FERINI MEDIA.

These three rare Lowestoft mugs are coming up for auction. Picture: FERINI MEDIA. - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Porcelain auctions are set to be revived in the town.

An annual auction of the iconic Lowestoft brand, which was established in the 18th century, will be held later this month.

Sally Rivett, of Paint and Create, will be running an auction specialising in 18th century Lowestoft Porcelain. The auctions are being revived in response to requests from collectors after the previous auctioneer, Russell Sprake, retired in 2013.

Lowestoft Porcelain was first established in 1757 and produced household pieces such as teapots, tea bowls, cups and saucers and personalised birth tablets at a factory in Crown Street, before closing in 1802.

The auction, specialising in 18th century Lowestoft Porcelain, will be held at the Hotel Victoria on October 29, with viewing from 2pm and the auction starting at 7pm.

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This will be conducted by guest auctioneer for the evening, Elizabeth Talbot of TW Gaze, Diss. Ms Talbot is well known from BBC television where she regularly appears as an expert on antiques programmes, including Flog it, Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

And as part of the auction, three rare Lowestoft mugs will go under the gavel.

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The rare Trifle Mugs were made in the 1790s. Ms Rivett said: 'Lowestoft Porcelain, inscribed A Trifle From Lowestoft, was made in the 1790s as gifts from Lowestoft – being the first seaside souvenirs. Usually they are decorated in over glaze enamels as is the middle mug, with examples in blue and white much rarer.

'The blue and white example shown here was in the Mrs Colman collection and the Godden Reference collection. 'The Robert Howes mug is one of many inscribed pieces made by the factory between 1762 and the close of the factory in 1799.'

For more details about the auction e-mail paintandcreate@hotmail.co.uk or call 07843 882 685.

Do you have a Lowestoft story? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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