Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

10/03/2016 : Auction of Decorative Arts, Studio Ceramics & Design

Friday 18th March from 10am, Viewing: Thursday 17th March from 10am-8pm and 9am-10am on the morning of the sale.

The Cheshire Saleroom
Withyfold Drive
SK10 2BD

Enquiries: 01625 431 788

Click here for our illustrated catalogue and here for live bidding.

The sale starts with a private collection of silver, including two of the most important names in 20th century silver design – Liberty & Co and Georg Jensen. Two rare pairs of Arts & Crafts spoons designed by Oliver Baker for Liberty & Co begin proceedings, before an extensive collection of Jensen flatware, open salts, and a stunning chocolate pot with turned ivory handle. Liberty & Co are contributors in the metalware section, where there are several pewter Art Nouveau pieces designed by Archibald Knox, who was also responsible for a series of pewter mantel clocks. A later Decorative Arts section includes bronzes by Benson Landes, as well as a beautiful figure by one of the godfathers of Art Deco bronze design, Ferdinand Preiss.

The largest section within the Decorative Arts is the magnificent collection of James Powell Whitefriars glass, including rare examples never before seen at auction. An innovator and inventor, Powell was decades ahead of conventional design, and despite some examples being 130 years old, they feel contemporary with current design. There are examples engraved by Hillebauer, other pieces designed by Philip Webb for William Morris’s own home, as well as opal included coloured glass, and suites of drinking glasses. The glass ends with an equally impressive group of modern iridescent glass produced by several designers at the Myra factory, including scent bottles, vases, and paperweights.

The ceramics section also covers a broad range of producers and periods including old favourites such as Royal Doulton and Troika, and there are a number of Moorcroft vases by current designers and some early Pilkingtons Royal Lancastrian pieces which are sure to attract plenty of interest.

Studio Ceramics and Design

The second half of the sale comprises a broad selection of studio ceramics ranging from a salt glazed vase by the Martin Brothers made in 1893 to contemporary pieces by some of the current generation of potters working today.

For those with an eye to what may be termed Anglo-Japanese or ‘Leach tradition’ wares, there are a number of pieces by Bernard Leach himself and a classic bowl by Shoji Hamada, as well as work by Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Michael Casson, Kenneth Quick, Richard Batterham, John Leach, Shigeyoshi Ichino, Mike Dodd, David Frith, John Jelfs, Phil Rogers, Edward Hughes, William Plumptre and James Hake.

Enthusiasts for slipware will be drawn to a harvest jug by William Fishley Holland, a large Winchcombe jug by Michael Cardew, other Winchcombe pieces by Ray Finch, and the present-day work of Clive Bowen, Dylan Bowen and Yasahuru Tajima-Simpson.

The Alan and Pat Firth Collection, sold in our sale last October, contained many pieces of modern and contemporary ceramics. These were very well appreciated and we are delighted to offer more work in this vein. Among early pieces is a Lucie Rie and Hans Coper bowl, made between 1947 and 1958, and a part of a rare working model for Coper’s candlestick commission for Coventry Cathedral. Other highlights include a collection of Rosemary Wren animals, two winged vases by Colin Pearson, two tall vases by Joanna Constantinidis, an exquisite translucent bowl by Mary Rogers, a vessel by Ewen Henderson, several sculptures by John Maltby, four wonderful examples of the work of John Ward, a variety of pieces by Charles Bound (including a monumental platter), a large jug by Alison Britton, two stunning works by Gabriele Koch and rarely seen ceramics by Shozo Michikawa and Uwe Loellmann. Also represented are Robin Welch, Elspeth Owen, Duncan Ross, Peter Simpson, Sutton Taylor, Chris Carter, John Higgins, Jane Perryman, Martin Lewis, Amanda Popham and Antonia Salmon.

Other craft and design items include a platinum and lolite ring by Wendy Ramshaw, seven Momart Christmas cards including designs by Antony Caroe and Eduardo Paolozzi, and a large chunky sculptural form by wood turner Mike ‘Chai’ Scott.

The pictures section includes a variety of paintings, prints and lithographs by the artists L. S. Lowry, Hilde Goldschmidt, William Mills, Leslie Albert Goodwin, Michael Seward Snow, Robyn Denny and John Brunsden, and by the potters Eric James Mellon and Nicholas Homoky.

The sale closes with a small selection of Arts and Crafts furniture including a carved oak sideboard of great quality, a leaded glass display cabinet and a very comfortable pair of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson smoker’s armchairs.

Condition reports and additional images are available on request but are to be requested no later than 5:30pm on Wednesday 16th March. Send requests to

Bids to be received no later than 7.00pm on Thursday 17th March or they will not be processed in time for the auction.

Catalogue: £7

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We are currently consigning entries for auctions of Northern Art, Militaria, Clocks & Barometers, Asian Art, Scientific Instruments, Sporting Memorabilia and Musical Instruments. Click here to view our sale dates for 2016.