A Royal Worcester "Aesthetic" teapot performed well at Sotheby's Arts of Europe sale in London on May 15, achieving £5,000 ($8,400) against a £2,500 ($4,200) estimate - an increase of 100%.
The piece was produced in 1882 and was designed to poke fun at the excesses of the aesthetic movement.
Royal Worcester is among the oldest British porcelain companies and carries a strong international reputation for quality. In July last year, a wine funnel sold for £10,000 ($15,259) in a UK auction.
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