New records were set in Shropshire as a single owner collection of Caughley porcelain sold for £16,250 in a 'Made in Shropshire' section at a fine art auction in Halls sale on wednesday.

Stars of the collection were a rare pounce pot in a distinctive 'Bobbin' form that sold for £3,100 and a spittoon or saffer pot that made £1,250, both setting new records for their Caughley patterns.

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Top price of the day went to a Royal Worcester reticulated teapot and cover by George Owen, from around 1880, that sold for £5,600 to the delight of a Sheffield vendor.

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Coalbrookdale entries were also in demand with a late Victorian cast iron 'Fern and Blackberry' pattern three seater bench finding a new home for £1,300, while an unusual Coalport vase and cover, painted by Frederick H. Chivers, sold for £600.

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Caroline Dennard, Halls' European ceramics specialist, said due to the popularity of the 'Made in Shropshire' section with vendors and buyers alike, it would definitely be repeated in the company's 2015 auction programme.

Works of art included a weather worn 18th century Italian white marble bust depicting Helius or Apollo, which sold for £2,900, a French gilt metal and porcelain clock garniture in the 18th century style from Wolverhampton at £1,350, a George III brass and iron serpentine fire grate from a South Shropshire house at £1,300 and a 19th century French ormolu matched clock garniture, with Sevres style porcelain panels, £900.

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One of the more unusual lots was a mahogany box containing antiquities collected by the Rev William MacGregor, a member of the Egypt Exploration Society who sponsored excavations in Egypt. The box, which contained 10 handwritten notes by MacGregor and an assortment of small Egyptian items, sold for £950.

Andrew Beeston, Halls' senior auctioneer and valuer, said: "The auction demonstrated that statement pieces are very much in fashion, whether it's wardrobes, serving tables or carpets. We had more registered bidders and people viewing in the saleroom than at any other time this year.''

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