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Post by philpot Sat Oct 29, 2022 2:54 am

https://maaklondon.irostrum.com/auction/auction-lots/5dbafe09-2ec8-438d-b154-4aef81d6781a/lots

The preview of the latest Maak auction, A high quality auction again. But it feels a bit samey. There are a large number of pieces by individual potters. 16 Henderson, 13 Emmanuel Cooper, 12 John Ward and similar numbers of Michael Cardew and Bernard Leach.
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Post by croker Sat Oct 29, 2022 4:56 am

Agreed a bit samey but think this sale will probably show how the mid-range market is performing especially for the prewar or 'pioneer potters', some of the lots are ex Driscoll collection and this surprises me as some are decidedly second rate, apart from the wards etc there are some interesting pieces by Ruth Duckworth and Gillian Lowndes.
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Post by philpot Sat Oct 29, 2022 7:28 pm

I agree with you over the Driscoll pieces. Some of that it looks over estimated. Most of the Janet Leach, quite a few of the Bernard as well. I wonder if the Driscoll star quality will get them sold?
Are you thinking of buying any of the Henderson or Ward?
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Post by dantheman Sat Oct 29, 2022 9:34 pm

I struggle with the 'pioneer' label given to these potters
The most appealing aspect of potting (in my experience) is how the clay can reveal a form as you work it.
Similarly, sculptors will often look at their raw material and see the form emerge. So I don't see how a select few can be called pioneers when there are tens of thousands out there?

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Post by philpot Sat Oct 29, 2022 11:03 pm

I think it is all in the high fallutin Art Market language Dan. In this case it is a marketing termfor mostly pre-war studio pottery important potters who sell for decent money.  Iin marketing terms you would call Charles Vyse, Bneranrd Leach and Staite Murray etc as pioneers as they are amongst the earliest Studio potters who sell well.
             The Martin Bros were there before them of course. But then that is a different part of the Art Market!!  All bonkers of course MAAK AUCTIONS. 1f603
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Post by croker Sat Oct 29, 2022 11:38 pm

Hi dantheman, I don't think the term 'pioneer potters' is being used disrespectfully in this case ,MAAK is just picking what she considers to be some of the most important potters that paved the way for the medium, the term is often used in other areas of the art world such as photography, abstraction etc. i think the term can be quite complimentary.
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Post by dantheman Sun Oct 30, 2022 12:19 am

Martin Brothers were possibly pioneers but then those were the days of opium and cocaine frenzy so I would class them as inspired potters

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Post by NaomiM Sun Oct 30, 2022 1:42 am

‘Pioneer Potters’ is a term usually used for Australian & NZ 50s-60s potters who went out into the bush, potting with local clays and homemade glazes, and firing in temperamental wood-fired kilns.

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Post by studio-pots Sun Oct 30, 2022 4:07 am

croker wrote: Agreed a bit samey but think this sale will probably show how the mid-range market is performing especially for the prewar or 'pioneer potters', some of the lots are ex Driscoll collection and this surprises me as some are decidedly second rate, apart from the wards etc there are some interesting pieces by Ruth Duckworth and Gillian Lowndes.

John Driscoll bought loads of pots and in anyone's collection there are always going to be pots that other people would class as second rate. There are many early/pioneer potters in this sale whose work you rarely see pieces by these days. When John bought them I would have thought that they would have been more desirable than they are today. A couple of the pieces were bought from me and the estimates are considerably higher than what he paid me for them though.  Laughter

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Post by philpot Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:14 pm

The latest Maak sale ended yesterday.
https://maaklondon.irostrum.com/auction/auction-lots/5dbafe09-2ec8-438d-b154-4aef81d6781a/lots

Interesting as always, with probably slightly more unsolds and few Gosh-Wow prices. Two large Norah Braden sold for over £5000 each, Joanna Constantinidis pieces for a couple of thousand, £22,000 for an Akiko Hirai moon jar.
The Driscoll pots sold well, but nothing like prices received in previous auctions.
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Post by croker Sat Nov 19, 2022 12:04 am

As you say a few more unsold's than normal but these were mainly David Leach, Jim Malone, Mellon etc and pieces with faults. The Akiko pots are maintaining the recent high prices for the large moon jars, i was surprised by the high prices for the Braden pots, John Ward held up well as did Kwali. I don't think the 'ex Driscoll' tag will add to higher prices in the future marketplace.
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