Two rare pairs of Blashfield stone planters with a connection to Stamford will go under the hammer next week.
A huge collection that has been amassed over 100 years by three generations of the Crowther Family, who are synonymous with the production of leadwork, will be offered at Summers Place Auctions, Billingshurst, West Sussex in its biannual sale of Sculpture and Design for the House and Garden on Tuesday.
The collection includes a pair of rounded rectangular planters, stamped Blashfield. John Marriott Blashfield moved his manufacturing plant to Stamford in 1859 from London to be nearer to the clay-beds.
One of Blashfield’s most important commissions was supplying terracotta for the decoration of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston but this undertaking stretched his resources too far and the Stamford Terracotta Company works closed in 1875.
The pair of Blashfield planters have an estimated price of between £1,800 and £2,500.
There is also a pair of Blashfield stoneware basket planters, which are estimated to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000.
Lockdales will also be holding a specialist valuation day at The Deeping Stage in Market Place, Market Deeping, on Monday between 11am and 3pm.
The following collectables are welcome: Coins, stamps, bank notes, clocks, watches, silver, gold, documents, books and maps (pre-1900), medals and militaria also including swords , bayonets and de-activated weapons , cigarette-cards, postcards, pre-1960 sports programmes and tickets and scientific instruments.
Members of the public will have the option, if they wish, to consign their goods to be sold in a future public auction, or they may request a cash purchase offer from Lockdales themselves.