An impressive and eclectic selection of British and European Ceramics, Glass and Asian Art will be offered by Bonhams Oxford saleroom on the 4th April.

Highlights include rare Worcester porcelain, such as a cabbage-leaf molded jug circa 1792 with colorful flowers and insects on a powder blue ground. Estimated to sell for £300-500, it is unusual to see a Worcester jug of this type with a powder blue ground, as the glaze was notoriously difficult to control on molded surfaces.

An unusual Chamberlain toy cabaret service circa 1825-30, including a toy jug and bowl and a Spode toy teacup and saucer measuring 20cm, is estimated to sell for £450-600.

The European ceramic section has excellent examples of Meissen porcelain. An 18th century pair of ormolu candlesticks with Meissen figures of a young boy playing the bagpipes and a young girl dressed in a skirt and apron, are mounted on rococo bases are estimated to sell for £700-900. A 19th century set of five Meissen biscuit figures, emblematic of the senses, are estimated to sell for £700 – 1,000 and a set of eight Meissen ornithological plates from the late 19th century are estimated to sell for £800 – 1,000.

A further highlight from the European section includes an eye-catching 17th century Deruta fauence oval stand, in Urbino style and decorated in vivid colors. It is estimated to sell for £600 – 800.

Alongside the British and European ceramics and Glass, a large selection of Asian works of art will be offered in the sale. Top lots include a collection of 19th century ivory carvings and puzzle balls, estimated at £800 -1,200, a pair of 18th century Chinese blue and white vases estimated to sell for £1,000 – 1,500 to a late Ming bowl estimated to sale for £400 – 600.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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