Historic pieces of Lowestoft Porcelain to go under the hammer at Beccles auction

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles.
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A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles. Mark Whistler with a Mandarin pattern sparrow beak jug. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A comprehensive collection of Lowestoft Porcelain will be put up for sale at a Beccles auction house next week.

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles.
PHOTO: Nick Bu

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The auction at Durrants on March 10 will feature two private collections of the popular antiques and fine art.

In total, there will be around 88 items on offer including Lowestoft Porcelain teapots, cups and saucers, tea bowls, as well as paintings of local sites such as Oulton Broad river available to purchase.

Mark Whistler, from Durrants said: 'The total collection comes from two private collectors who wanted to sell on their items.

'We perhaps don't have the rarest items of Lowestoft Porcelain we have ever had on show as the most rarest pieces can make thousands and thousands of pounds.

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles.
PHOTO: Nick Bu

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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'However there is a lot of quality items on show, some very rare items and it should make for a very good auction.

'The pieces on offer are expected to range from around £150 being the cheapest to around £2,000 as the most expensive.

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'Overall the collections are of very good quality with a large amount of the items in perfect condition.'

Among the pieces is a Lowestoft polychrome Mandarin pattern fruit bowl which has an estimated selling price of between £1,200 and £1,800.

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles.
PHOTO: Nick Bu

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

One of the rarest pieces is a Lowestoft blue and white fence pattern coffee pot and cover. Going by the estimated prices this is expected to make the most money, expected to get between £1,500 and £2,000.

Lowestoft Porcelain was first established in 1757 at a factory in Crown Street, which closed back in 1802.

It produced household pieces such as teapots, cups and saucers, jugs, mugs, knife handles, spoon trays, eye baths, figures and animals.

They also produced personalised birth tablets and souvenirs, sometimes inscribed 'A Trifle from Lowestoft.'

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles.
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A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles. Mark Whistler with a blue and white tankard. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The items have become prized by collectors across the world - and often pop up on the Antiques Roadshow.

The Lowestoft Porcelain auction of antiques and fine art with jewellery and silver is to start at 10am at the Auction Rooms in Peddars Lane.

Do you have a story or event from Beccles? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles.
PHOTO: Nick Bu

A private collection of Lowestoft porcelainis set be auctioned at Durrants, Beccles. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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