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Post by croker November 20th 2021, 8:19 pm

The Bonhams sale on the 7th December doesn't have a great deal of studio pottery but there are a couple of interesting pieces . A large Bernard Leach 'tree of life charger' similar to the piece just sold in the Driscoll collection but with a less elaborate border, it will be interesting to see how this piece fares in the wake of the Driscoll example. Another interesting item is a large model of a pig by William Newland, i can't ever remember seeing a pig by him, bulls are more normally associated with this potter.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. November 20th 2021, 8:38 pm

Croker could you please post the link to the sale
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Post by philpot November 20th 2021, 10:28 pm

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26799/?bid_lot_no=5514845#/MR0_length=10&w0=list&m0=0&aa1=1&MR1_length=205&w1=list&m1=1

Bonhams are just a ghost of what they once were in the Studio Pottery field. Some interesting old style Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew from the the Leo Baker collection. Two William Newland pieces of which the Pig is Really unusual!
There is a lot of nice pottery there though! Pity its not studio!
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Post by croker November 20th 2021, 10:45 pm

hi, Yes Bonhams really can't attract the studio pottery collections any more ,when they dropped out of that market others came and filled their shoes and now it would seem they can't get back in. On another note that Pilkingtons Lancastrian piece by Mycock is stunning, i think i spotted a piece of Martin Bros we used to own.
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Post by philpot November 21st 2021, 3:11 pm

None of the Big London auction houses have specialist Studio Pottery auctions now. Sothebys dabbles a bit with including studio pottery in its Made in Britain sales, Bonhams ditto but less than Sothebys, Phillips seem to concentrate on the handful of really big hitters, and Christies is nowhere.
Maak has done extraordinarily well in being the best Studio Pottery British auction destination.
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Post by croker November 21st 2021, 3:29 pm

Many auction houses are now trying their hand at design sales that include studio ceramics, but unfortunately i think they have possibly missed the boat, as you say MAAK are now the best destination for quality studio ceramics, probably partridge next with larger sales but with mainly more affordable pieces, most vendors pots seem to gravitate towards these two rooms with maybe woolly's a fair bit behind.
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Post by philpot November 22nd 2021, 1:15 pm

There are a few number of provincial auction houses that are always worth looking at for studio pottery. Their knowledge tends to vary though!
Tennant's, Adam Partridge, Lyon and Turnbull, T W Gaze, Cheffins, Sworders, Woolley and Wallis, Chorleys, Toovey's, David Lay, Bearnes.
I have bought from all of those over the years (lot of years!) apart from Lyon and Turnbull.
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Post by croker November 22nd 2021, 1:49 pm

hi, Like you i have bought from all of the rooms mentioned apart from Toovey's and i get alerts from most but i cant ever see any of them breaking into dedicated studio pottery sales . By the way did you see the total at Phillips for the Driscoll sale over 6 million.
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