Ugly face but a pretty price
A 100-YEAR-OLD pottery jug is expected to sell for £4,500 at auction next week.
Auctioneer Richard Bromell, who will be selling the quirky lot at the Charterhouse sale on Friday, said: "I have shown the jug to a number of clients and it appears to be a Marmite lot – you either love it or hate it.
"However, those who hate it still seem to want to own it when they hear the estimate is £3,500-£4,500."
The jug was one of a series made by the Martin Brothers in London. The four brothers, Wallace, Walter, Edwin and Charles, were pioneers in the production of studio pottery and became famous for their eccentric and grotesquely modelled birds and sculpted face jugs such as this one (pictured).
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The brothers regarded themselves as artists and each piece of their work is unique. Today, items produced by the Martin Brothers are highly sought-after and valuable.
The sale is at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, and includes ceramics, coins, militaria, die-cast model cars, trains and antiques. Visit www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk.