15/10/2014 : Inaugural Studio Ceramics Sale Report
A good attendance at the saleroom and high levels of internet bidding saw strong results in our auction of over 450 lots of decorative arts and studio ceramics.
The core of the sale comprised the Michael & Stella Ascott Collection of Studio Ceramics but the addition of studio pottery and decorative arts properties from around the UK made for an exciting sale.
Prices include £325 for a Bernard Leach stoneware jug with tenmoku glaze and keeping it in the family, two pieces by Janet Leach; a matt black glazed stoneware jug and an Iga style vase, making £420 and £290 respectively. John Maltby proved to be a strong seller, with four lots from his studio amongst the highest prices in the sale.
Ever the perennial bestseller, Moorcroft once again hit the big time when a bottle vase decorated in “Hazeldine” pattern fetched £1500 despite some fairly major damage to the neck against a much more conservative estimate. A Della Robbia vase decorated by Gertrude Russell, at £340 and Pilkington Royal Lancastrian lustre glazed jar and cover, at £460 both got bidders excited on the day.
A large Svend Bayer stoneware garden pot, which had been exhibited at a major ceramics exhibition in 1992, made £900 – a big price for a big lot.
Our next Studio Ceramics sale is scheduled for February 2015.