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British Ceramics

Bonhams British Ceramics auctions offer British pottery, porcelain and enamels from the 15th to 20th centuries. As the recognised market leaders in this field and the only international auction house holding dedicated specialist sales of British ceramics, our auctions are a regular fixture of the auction calendar - taking place twice a year in London, with additional single-owner sales.

Our position as industry leaders was established in the late 1990s and early 2000s with numerous landmark single-owner sales, including the celebrated Watney Collection and the collections of Milton and Jeanne Zorensky, Billie Pain, Peter Bradshaw, Barbara Leake, and Geoffrey Godden. We have since continued to offer important collections in this tradition, including the Liane Richards Collection, the Leo Kaplan Collection, the John Alchin and Ralph Kenber Collections of Worcester porcelain, and the Twinight Collection. The comprehensive illustrated catalogues for these sales are in many cases now standard reference works on the subject.

Our world record results include a 'Lord Rodney' Toby jug from the 'Midshipman Family', the most expensive Toby jug sold at auction. An important Derby 'dry edge' figure group emblematic of 'Feeling' and a St James' (Charles Gouyn) figural group representing the fable of the Fox and Stork both achieved record prices for these factories. The celebrated 'Farming Scene' mug remains the most expensive piece of Isleworth ever sold at auction. As the leading authority in the sale of Welsh porcelain, we also hold the current records for both Swansea and Nantgarw having sold important ice pails from both factories.

Buying and selling British ceramics at Bonhams
Bonhams British Ceramics department has nearly a century of combined experience and our specialists are the authors of numerous articles and books, some of which have become standard works on the subject. We have specialists and consultants in London who regularly travel throughout the UK and worldwide.

With offices and representatives in nearly 50 locations, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Fergus Gambon

Head of Department

Fergus Gambon is Head of British Ceramics and Glass, having joined the department in 1994. His responsibilities cover British pottery and porcelain, a sector in which Bonhams is the undoubted market l…

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Jim Peake

Senior Specialist

Jim Peake joined the Glass and British Ceramics department in 2019, having previously worked in the department between 2014 and 2015. His responsibilities cover British and European glass, and British…

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Sarah Priest

Regional Manager, Midlands

Sarah Priest is Regional Manager for the Midlands, based in Bonhams' Knowle office. She travels throughout the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Leicestershire offering va…

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John Sandon

Consultant

John Sandon is a consultant for the British Ceramics and Glass Department. He joined the department in 1975 and was appointed International Director of European Ceramics and Glass following the merger…

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Stuart Slavid

Senior Vice President | European Decorative Arts, Silver

Stuart Slavid is Senior Vice President and Director of European Decorative Arts & Silver at Bonhams Skinner. He joined the company in 1989 as Director of the Fine Ceramics department, specializing in …

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Ghislaine Howard

Administrator

Ghislaine Howard is Administrator for Bonhams' European Ceramics, British Ceramics and Glass departments in London. Before joining Bonhams in 2022, Ghislaine (also known as Leni) worked as Department …

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