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Post by philpot February 27th 2023, 10:07 am

During 1952-54 Bernard Leach went on a long tour. Lecturing in the USA and then spending a long time in Japan. He even thought of emigrating to Japan. He had an exhibition there. This clearly has a strong Japanese influence, even down the the slightly looking Mt Fuji background. I suspect this bowl has a lot more to do with him being in Japan than the Coronation or TV in St Ives.
              It might well get a substantial price if one could find a direct link to the Japanese exhibition or his stay in Japan.
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Post by croker February 27th 2023, 1:06 pm

My comment about the arrival of TV in St Ives was not to be taken too seriously but being an anti royalist it amused me to think that the arrival of TV might be more important than the coronation. I am not sure about the Japan connection although it could be to commemorate the massive loss of life in the great floods at that that time in Japan as the date is depicted in black but then i would have expected it to have Japanese numerals. The pic shows a similar scene from an etching.Bernard Leach - Page 4 P2250011
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Post by croker February 28th 2023, 12:34 pm

The badly damaged leaping fish vase at Bearnes fetched £2800 plus extras equals around £4000 then restoration another £400 approx.
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Post by philpot February 28th 2023, 5:36 pm

Thanks for that Croker. I can think of a lot more interesting pots that I could by for that! Bernard Leach - Page 4 1f600
        Once restored, always restored. It will never be a perfect pot.
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Post by studio-pots February 28th 2023, 11:16 pm

But with this you would at least know it had been restored, unlike more expensive pots that might have been bought from major auction houses in the past that gave no indication that they had been restored or, indeed, some bought directly from potters themselves.

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Post by philpot March 1st 2023, 9:42 am

Indeed Studio. But you know what they say. Ignorance is Bliss!
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Post by croker March 1st 2023, 2:04 pm

It's interesting the way that collectors from different times view restoration, in the early days collectors/ connoisseurs in early Delft and slipware looked on a certain amount of damage as part of the items history but as times moved on and the Americans came into the market they insisted that items should be restored and be as new looking as possible. Most collectors of porcelain will not tolerate damage or restoration. Personally i don't find restoration or damage on a piece of modern studio pottery acceptable .
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Post by studio-pots March 25th 2023, 3:41 pm

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This jar with incised oak leaf pattern was one of the best pieces of Bernard Leach's work that I owned for a while.

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Post by Neil62 April 7th 2023, 8:59 am

If for no other reason than learning how to navigate through the topics on this site and…….to do as I am told by NM (quite right too!) I am posting these cream jug photos and hopefully in the correct format!
Couple of firing faults but undamaged.

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Post by philpot April 7th 2023, 10:06 am

Interesting piece. Is there a St Ives mark?
We do have separate Leach and Bernard Leach threads. You need to look in the search box. As this place gets more and more stuff on it, it gets ever more confusing.
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Post by Neil62 April 7th 2023, 10:21 am

philpot wrote:Interesting piece. Is there a St Ives mark?
We do have separate Leach and Bernard Leach threads. You need to look in the search box. As this place gets more and more stuff on it, it gets ever more confusing.


Funny you should say that Philpot I already did all of that - when I looked on the BL thread it said that there was already a Leach thread and posts for BL should go there.
You are correct it is confusing!!

The posts were ancient as well!! - Re the St Ives mark its glaze filled the little square is barely visible.
The signature shape and colouration are correct - it’s by BL.
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Post by NaomiM April 7th 2023, 2:08 pm

I'm not sure where you were looking but I've merged it with the Bernard Leach thread

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Post by Neil62 April 7th 2023, 2:13 pm

This one Naomi

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Post by NaomiM April 7th 2023, 2:15 pm

Cheers. I've edited the opening post to delete that phrase

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Post by Neil62 April 7th 2023, 2:19 pm

NaomiM wrote:Cheers. I've edited the opening post to delete that phrase


I’d hate your ‘job’ (more a free Labour of love I’d say) but at least you are good at it!!!
I am accruing knowledge even if I’m getting it wrong - they say you Learn by mistakes and I’ve made plenty of them!
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Post by NaomiM April 7th 2023, 2:30 pm

We all learn that way Big Laughter

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Post by philpot June 26th 2023, 3:43 pm

This is a very interesting coffee St Ives set from the Bill Ismay collection at York COCA. As the accompanying descriptive piece explains. It only has the St Ives mark on it. Bill Ismay asked Bernard Leach this set. At first Bernard Leach was dismissive as it of a ordianry standard ware set. Bot on closer examination he said that he had made it. But it was only 2 of which were in existence. The only other one being in Japan.

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Post by philpot July 5th 2023, 12:28 pm

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From the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery June 2023
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Post by Neil62 July 6th 2023, 3:39 pm

philpot wrote:During 1952-54 Bernard Leach went on a long tour. Lecturing in the USA and then spending a long time in Japan. He even thought of emigrating to Japan. He had an exhibition there. This clearly has a strong Japanese influence, even down the the slightly looking Mt Fuji background. I suspect this bowl has a lot more to do with him being in Japan than the Coronation or TV in St Ives.
              It might well get a substantial price if one could find a direct link to the Japanese exhibition or his stay in Japan.

Good afternoon,
I bought this from auction - the motif (decoration) is one BL has used before.
An almost identical dish hangs in the Japan Folk Crafts museum in Tokyo.
It was produced in the Yumachi Kiln Matsui Japan.
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Post by Neil62 December 9th 2023, 4:38 pm

Don’t know whether this incised mark for BL is of interest for your BISPM marks Naomi?

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Post by NaomiM December 9th 2023, 5:38 pm

All marks are useful, Cheers Most Excellent

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Post by Neil62 December 9th 2023, 5:50 pm

I’ve put another on the Michael Cardew thread which is one of his from when he was at Leach 1923-1926.
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Post by NaomiM December 9th 2023, 6:18 pm

Cheers Most Excellent

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Post by philpot March 17th 2024, 10:32 am

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This must qualify as one of the earliest pieces on Bernard Leach. A 1928 booklet
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Post by philpot March 18th 2024, 9:33 am

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This one had been bought in the mid 50's for £10. I sold for £350 in 2015.
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