Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

07/09/2015 : The Alan & Pat Firth Collection Important Single Owner Auction of Studio Ceramics - 16th October 2015

Studio Ceramics, Modern and Contemporary Design: The Alan and Pat Firth Collection

The Cheshire Saleroom, Macclesfield
16 October 2015

An exceptionally important single-owner collection assembled by Alan and Pat Firth will be sold at Adam Partridge Auctioneers in Macclesfield on 16 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.

Background notes
The sale entitled ‘Studio Ceramics, Modern and Contemporary Design: The Alan and Pat Firth Collection’ will take place at Adam Partridge Auctioneers’ Cheshire Saleroom in Macclesfield on Friday 16 October 2015 from 10.00am.

Part of the collection will be previewing in London at the CPA’s Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63 Great Russell Street, from Wednesday 30 September to Friday 2 October 2015 (10.30am – 7.30pm).

Viewing of the whole collection will be in Macclesfield on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October 2015 (10am – 8pm).

The online catalogue will be available from mid September; the printed catalogue available for purchase by the end of September.

Catalogue and further information at

Live bidding via

For further information, please contact Jason Wood:; 07763 475442.

Hans Coper