A RARE pottery vase recently set a world record when it was sold by a Cotswolds auctioneering company for the highest price ever achieved in its category.

The vase, created in 1908, was sold for an eye watering £92,000, holding the world record for the highest price achieved at auction for a piece of Royal Lancastrian pottery. The Edwardian vase is one of two that was made 112 years ago by ceramicist Gordon Forsyth.

The firm, Kinghams, from Morton-in Marsh, oversaw the sale on June 30, when it was put up for auction by Victorian and Edwardian pottery collector, Anthony Cross.

Adrian Rathbone, associate director, said: "'I am delighted for Mr Cross that it far exceeded expectations and achieved a world record price. It was a pleasure to handle the whole collection which in turn totalled over £615,000. The price achieved signals promising strength and resilience in the high-end luxury market for antiques and works of art."

The St George vase, was named due to the moulding of St George on horseback with the inscription "St George for England". Experts have deemed the vase as the 'holy grail' of Pilkington Lancastrian. The collection was auctioned over two days after being estimated at only £20,000-£30,000 from pre-sale interest.

Despite bidders vesting interest on five different auction platforms, the gavel eventually fell to a UK based client, anonymously bidding the £92,000 for the vase.