The only reason you should buy any antique or collectable is because you like it. My problem is that I find objects that I like all too frequently, be they online, at a fair or in a shop. It’s almost like a disease, but a pleasant one I guess! Before last week’s Antiques Roadshow at Polesden Lacey in Surrey, I popped into Dorking to do all the antiques shops and centres along West Street. In the Talbot House Antiques Centre, this charming studio pottery ginger jar called out to me. Priced at £30, I simply had to have it. And, briefly, here’s why.

Shown life-size above, it’s small, but very well potted in stoneware by hand. The exterior is smooth, but the gentle ribs resulting from drawing the pot upwards on the wheel can be felt on the inside. The ginger jar is an ancient Chinese form, and this is a balanced example with good proportions. The walls and base are of an even thickness, and even the base and …

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