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Post by Mordeep September 20th 2017, 2:40 pm

Hi all

Thought I would raise that Sworders 20th Century Art & Design auction is coming up on 10th October. Wouldn't normally mention it but they have some nice groups of studio for sale from the estate of Sally Dawson (1927-2017). Its unusually for some of the names involved to be in large groups so a bargain or two could be found. My side of things is also represented well with some good early 20th century lots, some nice copper and some rare as hens teeth wall papers.

It's on the saleroom or the auction site is below.  

https://www.sworder.co.uk/departments/20th-century-decorative-art-design

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Telephone: 01279 817778
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Post by denbydump September 20th 2017, 3:09 pm

Hmmm the estimates on the small scraps of (albeit good) framed fabrics are
rather intersting, as I do frame some up.
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Post by studio-pots June 23rd 2021, 3:05 pm

Here's a link to Design sale on 13/14 July 2021, which contains pots from the Trevor Coldrey collection. Any monies received by him goes to the Adopt A Potter/Clay College charities. There is also a fair selection of other 20th century design:-

https://www.sworder.co.uk/auction/details/A967-design---two-day-sale---live-online/?au=978

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Post by philpot June 23rd 2021, 9:04 pm

The studio pottery is pretty much standard fare for most specialist studio pottery auctions. Phil Rogers, Mike Dodd and Jim Malone often form the backbone of many similar auctions.
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Post by philpot July 17th 2021, 8:01 am

https://www.sworder.co.uk/auction/search/?sd=2&sto=0&au=978&w=False&pn=1&mc=4

The results of the ceramics the July sale. No surprises there really.
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Post by croker July 17th 2021, 1:14 pm

As you say no surprises but interesting that the Maltby didn't sell. In the gaze sale only the rocking boat and one other small piece sold with no apparent bidding interest in the three higher estimated pieces. Has he peaked ? after all there has been a lot of Maltby on the market in the past year.
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Post by philpot July 17th 2021, 4:55 pm

I don't think it has peaked. It has just moved on to his more sculptural work. The vessel based pieces that have been unsold have certainly not been anywhere his best work, which is probably in the hands of Private collectors and not being sold.
           I have heard his sculptural stuff called 'cute' Laughter. I think it certainly has a very strong appeal to new female collectors who may well  not be into studio ceramics. The Cheffins sale back in May had three Maltby   sculptural pieces that sold for over £3000 with all over high prices for his sculptural stuff of which there was a fair number in the sale.
https://www.cheffins.co.uk/fine-art/catalogue-view,the-art-design-sale_190.htm
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Post by croker July 17th 2021, 5:28 pm

In actual fact Gazes only sold one Maltby piece, the pieces unsold were two of his standing sculptures and a sculptural wall mounted piece also small pottery piece ,the only piece sold was a rocking ship wall ornament.
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Post by philpot July 17th 2021, 5:43 pm

The trouble with Gaze's is that generally there is a lot of run of the mill studio pottery in their auctions, with a leavening of a few more worthwhile pieces. So whether they attract the interest of the more serious (Read ££££££! Laughter) I am not too sure.
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Post by croker July 17th 2021, 6:01 pm

I spoke to James prior to the sale and said he had tried get the vendors to lower their estimates but they said they had seen what they have been  fetching recently,  the same applied to the John Ward piece which was reserved at £2000, not his best work by far and he thought a more sensible estimate  would be £1500, in the end i bid up to the reserve but thankfully someone after what seemed ages decided bid again and secured it.
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Post by philpot July 18th 2021, 10:42 am

The Ward looked quite an understated subtle piece. Whereas the Big Bucks are in the dramatic black and white work and to a lesser extent the green striped work. This one seemed to fall into the gaps. Mind you, it says something when £2200 is considered a low price for John Ward! Times have changed a great deal in the past five or six years.
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Post by croker July 18th 2021, 11:09 am

The piece looked a great deal better in the photos than it did in real life ,apart from being quite small it was darkish brown and although unusual with the incised lines i felt i the intention was possibly to let the green into these lines which hadn't worked. On reflection i probably should have bought it although on the next bid it would have cost around £3000 with premium and arr. I think the prices for Wards 'lesser' pieces have slowed slightly.
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Post by philpot September 28th 2021, 8:18 am

https://www.sworder.co.uk/auction/search/?au=998&pn=4&g=-1
This autumn's offering. Another  selection from the Trevor Coldrey collection. The studio pottery is from Lot 360, 60 Lots starting with the  Washington. The usual mix one would say. Mike Dodd, Jim Malone, Nic Collins, Phil Rogers, Micki Schloessingk, Lisa Hammond Roger Cockram, three high £1000+ estimate on John Maltby figures.
The link is to the start of the studio pottery page. But it is well worth bowsing right through the whole, as they always have an interesting selection of eclectic 'Design' items.
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Post by studio-pots September 28th 2021, 11:38 am

These should be the last of Trevor Coldrey's pots in these auctions, unless they have misplaced some.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. September 28th 2021, 5:42 pm

How many brown pots' does one man need! You only need one brown jug to join the "I've got a brown jug society"

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