Hundreds of pieces from the Linthorpe Art Pottery will feature in Thomas Watson’s Winter Antiques Catalogue Sale on 6th December. Linthorpe Art Pottery only existed from 1879 to 1889 but during this ten-year period it produced 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 Victorian designer Christopher Dresser whose work ranks highly alongside his contemporaries in the arts and crafts movement such as William Morris.

Several items designed by Christopher Dresser are included in the collection, which has been inherited and built up over the years by Mr Tyrer Kidd of Seaton Hall. This historic 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.

''Collecting Linthorpe pottery is a slow process due to the fact it was made for such a short period, well over a century ago.  They tend to be prized exhibits in museums or held in private collections and are rarely sold. This sale provides a unique opportunity for people to start a collection or add to an existing one and I hope the pieces provide much enjoyment to those who appreciate their beautiful designs and vibrant glazes,'' said Mr Kidd.

David Elstob, auctioneer and valuer at Thomas Watson, said: ''It’s fantastic to have such a large collection of this distinctive pottery. 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 far wider appeal attracting bids from all over the world via the Internet.''

The collection itself is divided into 43 separate lots and include a wide range of vases, jugs, cups, saucers and bowls. Guide price estimates range from £30-£50 for a jardiniere up to £600-£800 for a collection of tea wares in the manner of Christopher Dresser. Individual pieces by Christopher Dresser include vases, an unglazed terracotta tray and a salad bowl.

Linthorpe Art Pottery was set up to provide employment during a downturn in the local iron and steel industry in the then rural Linthorpe area of Middlesbrough. In its short life it produced over 2,000 different shapes of ceramics and became known as one of the most innovative and interesting potteries of the Victorian era. Known for its boldness of colour and high glaze, the Pottery achieved worldwide exposure and a medal at the London International Exhibition of 1885 and further prizes were won at New Orleans and Calcutta. It was forced to close when another business belonging to the owners ran into financial difficulties.

Over 600 individual examples can be seen in a special Linthorpe gallery in Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum, which tells the story of this remarkable enterprise with reconstructions from the Linthorpe factory and Dresser & Holmes’ London warehouse shop.

The Linthorpe Pottery collection provides just some of the many fine objects included in the sale, which showcases a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, jewellery, silver and textiles. Check out the full catalogue on Barnebys here.