Gordon Forsyth for Pilkington, a large Royal Lancastrian relief moulded lustre St George vase, 1908, shouldered form, modelled with St George on horseback lancing a writhing dragon , with maiden to the side, the pale blue ground with red thorny tendril design, decorated in bronzed and red iridescent glaze, below a foliate frond and heart neck, with red strand and cloud shoulder, inscribed St George For England, impressed and painted marks, 53cm high Provenance: Franco British Exhibition 1908; illustrated in Corbett, A & B, 2016, Pilkington's Lancastrian and Royal Lancastrian Pottery, A Guide for Collectors, p.119 and the cover illustration of the book; one of only two examples know to have been produced. Note: accompanying the vase is a letter dated 1981 to Mr Cross from auctioneer Mark Bridgford giving details of the consignor's great uncle, a William Hague who lived at The Hollies, Frederick St, Oldham. He was a Cotton Master who had a passion for antiques and the first man in Oldham to own a Rolls-Royce, (and the last to own a horse and carriage). Although it is not known where he purchased the vase in question, Bridgford suggests it is likely he would have known the Pilkington family personally.

Sold for: £75,000

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