Sugar sifters set to make sweet price

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A COLLECTION of rare and unusual sugar sifters valued at more than £30,000 are to go under the hammer.

The 44 sifters were designed by Staffordshire-born Clarice Cliff, who made her name with her bold designs for brightly coloured pottery.

Her talent was first spotted in 1916, and in 1927 she was given her own studio at the Newport Pottery, decorating defective pottery with freehand patterns that proved immediately popular.

She trained at the Royal College of Art in Kensington and was eventually given her own studio and a team of paintresses to work with her on more experimental wares.

John Mackie, director and specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said he expected the piece to attract a lot of interest.
“This marvellous collection of striking sugar sifters are the culmination of many years of collecting,” he said. “They were designed by Clarice Cliff in the 1920s and 30s. The combination of their conical shape and the many colourful patterns make them the perfect Art Deco object.”

The sifters will be sold at Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts Sale on November 7.