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Post by philpot on December 5th 2016, 4:42 pm

That might well be Lisa Hammond.
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Post by NaomiM on December 5th 2016, 6:43 pm

That was my hunch too Happy

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Post by dantheman on December 5th 2016, 7:17 pm

NaomiM wrote:That was my hunch too Happy

were standing far left of the shot then? Laughter

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Post by studio-pots on December 5th 2016, 10:49 pm

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A large part of the Studio section consisted of multi-lots from the remainder of the collection of Cambridge Don John Shakeshaft. He was a huge collector for many decades, and at his death the majority of his vast collection went to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The remainder appeared at this Wooley and Wallis collection. Some of the lots were ridiculously large, with most of them having real gems amongst the run of the mill stuff.

John was a regular customer of mine and I remember going to visit him at his home to view the collection one day. I think the real thing that sticks in my mind is that after viewing he started to talk about his Hans Copers to which I replied that I hadn't noticed them. We had to go look again and there they were hidden at the back. That's the mark of a real collector, I suppose - recently bought things at the front. He cooked a very fine lunch too.

Another of my customers has done what I assume is a similar "deal" with the Fitzwilliam in that upon his death they get his collection, keep what they want and dispose of the rest and keep the proceeds to help fund the Museum.

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Post by philpot on December 6th 2016, 7:52 am

Phil Rogers is named as an expert advisor in that very process of sorting. Said process is giving the Fitzwilliam a very impressive studio pottery collection. Much better than the Oxford Ashmolean which only really has the collection of the owner of the famous Oxford Gallery. Cambridge seems fortunate in having dons and graduates who are interested in craft and willing to donate. They have recently published a superb catalogue illustrating the gifts of over 120 pieces of modern craft to the Museum by Nicholas and Judith Goodison. Much high quality modern studio pottery
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Post by dantheman on December 6th 2016, 1:05 pm

ppcollectables wrote:We viewed earlier in the week and left some commission bids. Picked up some Moorcroft and others quite cheaply. Left bids on some of the studio pots lots because we liked the look of them ( never heard of most of the potters ) but was amazed by the high prices some made. Guy Sydenham vase was nice but 4 thou seems a very high price, personally I didn't think it was that special but as I didn't bid on it I'm obviously not qualified to comment.

I found this old image showing Guy at the time that vase was made


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Post by studio-pots on December 6th 2016, 2:39 pm

philpot wrote:Phil Rogers is named as an expert advisor in that very process of sorting. Said process is giving the Fitzwilliam a very impressive studio pottery collection. Much better than the Oxford Ashmolean which only really has the collection of the owner of the famous Oxford Gallery. Cambridge seems fortunate in having dons and graduates who are interested in craft and willing to donate. They have recently published a superb catalogue illustrating the gifts of over 120 pieces of modern craft to the Museum by Nicholas and Judith Goodison. Much high quality modern studio pottery

The reason that John originally bought some large pieces of work from potters he admired (Lisa, Nic, Svend, Phil etc.) and donated them to the Fitzwilliam while he was alive was because, like me, he thought the Goodison's had no taste whatsoever when buying studio pottery. The reason for my visit to John's house was to take a friend to meet the Head of Ceramics at the Fitzwilliam there with some of his donations (Patrick Sargent, Dan Kelly & Micki Schloesssingk + maybe one more).

It was really to restore the balance of what modern studio pottery that collection contained, as he didn't want people to think that studio pottery collecting in the early 21st Century was centred around Richard Slee and de Waal.

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Post by philpot on December 7th 2016, 9:44 am

That is very interesting indeed Studio. One does get the feeling that the establishment view of studio pottery is very London-centric,with all implied in that. The emphasis on the Big art fairs and the influence of galleries like Marsden/Woo and its forerunner. But then, London is where the money.Power and influence is, and often feels like a different country entirely.
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Post by studio-pots on December 7th 2016, 5:11 pm

I think that sums it up very well. The Crafts Council's COLLECT and the like have much to answer for.

Basically it means if you are an artist, potter or craftsperson and have a gallery with money behind you then you become important, irrespective of if your work is good or not.

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Post by denbydump on March 10th 2017, 4:49 pm

28 March

http://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk/departments/20th-century-design/da290317

Quite a few bits of studio, but are they having a laugh with the watcombe teapot?
I've got a box-full somewhere!
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Post by Mordeep on March 12th 2017, 7:11 am

The old stuff (late 19th/very early20th) in the auction did seem a little expensive and I am sure some of it was carried over from the last sale. Clarice items I have no idea. But the studio did seem good. I like that I could see some Joanna Constantinidis who I would be tempted to grab if I was more local to the sale or planning to attend.
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Post by philpot on March 12th 2017, 8:12 am

There is really lazy auctioneering in this sale. A fair number of group lots where you cannot tell what everything is. The descriptions of a number of Lots are quite imprecise. For instance the Ray Finch Winchcombe pieces. Its not at all clear on some of them if they are just Winchcombe or Ray Finch. There are several other examples. Many of the estimates are come-on estimates. No condition reports. It does not encourage Online Bidding.
Interesting early Joanna Constantinidis tho. And one wonders what price territory the Rie,Ward and Coper will explore.
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Post by Mordeep on March 12th 2017, 9:01 am

When I last attended this sale (the time before) nearly the entire studio selection was part of a collection from an single person from Oxford. I think this could be a continuation of that persons collection. Loads of very large mixed lots with obscured marks.
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Post by dantheman on March 12th 2017, 9:02 am

yes there are three or four group lots that I like but only one of them has a decent pic

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Post by dantheman on March 12th 2017, 9:07 am

if there are any Ian Auld fans here who don't like tea pots please let me know ;-)

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Post by studio-pots on March 12th 2017, 10:19 am

Mordeep wrote:When I last attended this sale (the time before) nearly the entire studio selection was part of a collection from an single person from Oxford. I think this could be a continuation of that persons collection. Loads of very large mixed lots with obscured marks. †

I thought that initially but looking at the lots and knowing what John (from Cambridge) bought it's not the case. John stuck labels on his pieces with the potter's name as well. I did notice that a number of the pots from the mixed lots appeared on eBay, having been bought by an Oxford dealer at W&W, so there was an Oxford connection.

I used to go to this auction regularly and even to make things easy would stay overnight but haven't been for several years.

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Post by philpot on June 8th 2017, 9:11 am

Arts and Crafts indeed.
Is it becoming more collectable now? The Martin Bros seem ripe for 'DISCOVERY' ££££££ by the art world in general.
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Post by Mordeep on June 8th 2017, 9:59 pm

Its a good auction but this month sees a huge amount of art pottery hit the market. We will see how deep peoples pockets are across this sale and Kingham & Orme. We have 66 martin brothers lots in the same week, not sure that has ever happened. If your looking to add a item not sure you will ever get a better choice.

I plan on attending the Wooley Wallis Wed sale anyway, should be fun.
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Post by Mordeep on June 24th 2017, 10:54 am

Very happy with what I picked up at the auction. Got to handle a few items from a few makers that I didn't have the opportunity before. Prices varied a lot with some low prices scattered through. The Burmantofts looked stunning together although I didn't see that auction (it was on a different day to the rest of the items). Worth attending for me.
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Post by denbydump on October 18th 2017, 11:16 pm

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Hmm unsolds and lowish prices, esp on the Poole.

https://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk/departments/20th-century-design/da171017.aspx
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Post by dantheman Yesterday at 12:41 am

not the results you would expect from W&W

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