19/03/2018 : Hightlights from the March Auction
Highlights from the March One Day Auction of Studio Ceramics and Modern Design
One Day Auction of Studio Ceramics and Modern Design – 16 March 2018
Demand for studio ceramics continues and this first sale of 2018 produced some exceptional results.
Prices have soared in recent years for works by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, beyond the pocket of many collectors. The concurrent surge in interest in ceramics by John Ward, Emmanuel Cooper and Abdo Nagi, potters who were either taught by Coper and Rie or whose work has been inspired by them, might suggest that collectors priced out of the Coper and Rie market are instead buying work by the next generation. It was a square bottle form decorated with a geometric pattern by John Ward that made the auction’s top price (£8,800), with strong bidding also for two bowls by Emmanuel Cooper (£3,600 and £2,600), and a bowl by Abdo Nagi (£820).
The auction commenced with an early vase by William Staite Murray (£960), several works by Michael Cardew (top price £380), and a porcelain bowl (£3200) and Rijsttafel trio (£1650) by Lucie Rie. Colin Pearson was well represented by a collection of winged vessels (top price £2300). Other highlights in this part of the sale were a ‘World Pot’ by William Marshall (£780), a monumental jug by Michael Casson (£800) and a large vessel by Betty Blandino (£700).
As in previous years, the auction featured many pieces of modern and contemporary ceramics, with a bias for hand-built or sculptural works reflecting increasing demand.
Once again we were pleased to offer an important collection of six works by Gordon Baldwin (top price £2400) and eight vessels and three watercolours by Ewen Henderson, also a pupil of Coper and Rie (top price £3500).
The large spade vase by John Maltby that adorned the catalogue front cover was a real beauty and deservedly broke the auction record for a Maltby pot (£6200). There were excellent results too for works by Robin Welch (top price £900), a monumental platter by Charles Bound (£720), a sculpture of a village by Ian Godfrey (£1650), an early raku vase by David Roberts (£1150), and three teapots by Nicholas Homoky (top price £1000). Among other highlights were an installation by Claudi Casanovas (£1000), two red copper glazed works by Rupert Spira (£2550 and £2450), two naked raku vessels by Ashraf Hanna (£1200 and £940) and also works by Mike Dodd, John Jelfs, Duncan Ross and Peter Beard which all sold well above estimate.
The modern design section included several works of art by the sculptor Brian Willsher (top price £720) and wood turner Mike ‘Chai’ Scott (top price £420), and a number of signed prints and lithographs including Henry Moore (£360) and David Hockney (£820). The auction concluded with a studio sale of works by the late Keith Paul (1939-2017) comprising prints, models and a collection of books on art, architecture, graphics and design. Keith was born in Macclesfield and as Keith Potts studied at Manchester College of Art and Design, before changing his name and joining Geigy Pharmaceuticals as a graphic designer.
Mike 'Chai' Scott