Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

12/10/2015 : Auction of Studio Ceramics, Modern & Contemporary Design: The Alan & Pat Firth Collection

Friday 16th October from 10am, Viewing: Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th October from 10am-8pm, and 9am-10am on the morning of the sale (ALL LOTS TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE) (ALL LOTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO ARR).

The Cheshire Saleroom
Withyfold Drive
SK10 2BD

Enquiries: 01625 431 788

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An exceptionally important single-owner collection assembled by Alan and Pat Firth will be sold at Adam Partridge Auctioneers in Macclesfield on 16th October 2015. Alan, who died earlier this year, and his wife Pat, who died in 2012, regularly purchased work of high quality and sound craftsmanship from the early 1970s. Over the years they amassed an extraordinary collection of studio ceramics, together with a range of other craft items in silver, jewellery, glass, textiles and furniture, all displayed around their small bungalow on the outskirts of Leeds. Their collection was of such significance that the Firths were frequently asked to loan to important exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

Studio Ceramics Specialist Jason Wood, who is curating the sale, says: ‘It is one of the best collections to come to market for many years and is going to create a lot of excitement among experts, collectors and enthusiasts for studio ceramics and modern and contemporary craft and design’.

The collection comprises some 600 lots, featuring works by:

Studio ceramics:
Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Ewen Henderson, Magdalene Odundo, Martin Smith, Alison Britton, Carol McNichol, David Roberts, Colin Pearson, Duncan Ross, Elspeth Owen, Gabriele Koch, Gordon Baldwin, Joanna Constantinidis, Mary Rogers, Michael Casson, Mo Jupp, Sutton Taylor, Takeshi Yasuda, among many others.
Silver: Hiroshi Suzuki, Alex Brogden, Ane Christensen, Don Porritt, Rebecca de Quin, Chris Knight.
Jewellery: John Donald, Malcolm Appleby, Wendy Ramshaw, David Watkins, Caroline Broadhead, Adam Paxon, Peter Chang, Jacqueline Mina, Charlotte de Syllas, Dorothy Hogg, Susan May, Jenny Deans, Joel Degen, Vicki Ambery-Smith, Nahoko Fujimoto, Emma M F Gregory, among many others.
Glass: Colin Reid, Rachael Woodman, Tessa Clegg.
Textiles: Peter Collingwood, Pauline Burbidge, Issey Miyake.
Furniture: Alan Peters, Richard La Trobe-Bateman, Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, Peter Kuh.
Wood: Jim Partridge, Mike ‘Chai’ Scott, David Trubridge, Jan Zalud.

Condition reports and additional images are available on request but are to be requested no later than 5:30pm on Tuesday 13th October 2015. Send requests to

Bids to be received no later than 7.00pm on Thursday 15th October or they will not be processed in time for the auction.

Catalogue: £15 + p&p

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Don’t forget our on site cafe serves hot and cold drinks, freshly made sandwiches to order, hot food, cakes and pastries.

To read more about the Firths and the auction, pick up a copy of Ceramic Review: