THE THORNHILL BEQUEST
The Torquay Pottery Collectors Society is extremely grateful to former member, the late Brian Thornhill, who lived Nr. Gosport and bequeathed his collection of Torquay pots to the Society. This was a hugely generous gesture, and the pots were sold recently by Rendells Auctioneers in Ashburton, Near Newton Abbot in South Devon. This was after TPCS committee member Nick Roberts had visited Brian’s wife and photographed every item , prior to delivering all the pots to the saleroom, during a subsequent visit to the West Country.
In all some 40 lots went under the gavel, and a total of £1077.00 was raised. After the dreaded auction expenses, a net total of £852.24 has been banked by the Society, which is a most welcome windfall.
Top price was £120.00 paid for this unusual jug, made by the Tor Vale Pottery (1910-1913) with a stylised cat designed by John Barker.
Our grateful thanks go to Brian Thornhill’s family.