Group of 5 small studio bowls, CL mark - Cicely Lushington

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Post by Sbro November 13th 2022, 10:33 am

Dear Forum,

Group of 5 bowls of various sizes, shapes and finishes all bearing  "CL" as an incised mark which i cannot ID

All pots are well formed, nicely glazed and as they seem to have been made by the same hand there is a strand visually speaking through them
all.

Will post each bowl seperately and would appreciate any info

Thanks in advance!

Pot 1

Darkly gloss, glazed interior, matt glazed exterior

Height 6 cm
Diameter 17cm

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Post by Sbro November 13th 2022, 10:35 am

Pot 2

Pie Crust edged bowl, matt glaze throughout.

Height - 5cm
Diameter - 12cm

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Post by Sbro November 13th 2022, 10:38 am

Bowl 3

Small Dark Glazed interior, glazed exterior with exception of bottom 1cm

Height - 5cm
Diameter - 9cm

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Post by Sbro November 13th 2022, 10:40 am

Bowl 4

Small matt glazed with abstract decoration internally

Height - 3.5cm
Diameter - 9.5cm

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Post by Sbro November 13th 2022, 10:43 am

Bowl 5

Matt glaze with sparse, abstract decoration

Height - 3cm
Diameter - 12cm

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Post by NaomiM November 13th 2022, 2:52 pm

Tbh, they look like student pieces to me. In my experience, when job lots like this come up for sale at auction or in charity shops it's because a student or hobby potter is having a clear out.

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Post by Sbro November 13th 2022, 3:19 pm

Thanks Naomi. Appreciate your experience as always
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Post by Sbro September 5th 2023, 9:30 am

Appear to all be by Cicely Lushington circa 1950s. She was a respected ornithologist writing about the birds of Sri Lanka and also modelled birds. These studio pieces may have been made upon her return to the U.K. Her makers mark is noted on BISPM.
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Post by philpot September 5th 2023, 10:26 am

Interesting information. The lovely thing about studio pottery is that you can still pick up lovely hand made pieces for small money. On t'other hand, you can end up with a houseful of it! Equally, the chances of picking up anything of much value are diminishing as the years go by.
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Post by Sbro September 5th 2023, 10:38 am

Thanks Philpot. Agree totally. I may be the only collector of Cicely Lushington who knows but I find her work charming!

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Post by NaomiM September 5th 2023, 11:04 am

Several job lots of her birds have appeared at auction. I’m assuming she recently passed away

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Post by Sbro September 5th 2023, 11:22 am

Thanks for the info Naomi
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Post by Sbro September 5th 2023, 11:30 am

Kick Google confirms recent auctioning of bird figurines along with the sale of her archives for £5,400.00

She apparently passed in 1987

https://www.easyliveauction.com/catalogue/lot/8505d4bac368463bb80ccbeb6a69a1f9/0af8d24542e81eb9357e7ef448a6646f/the-book-auction-lot-82/
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Post by Sbro September 5th 2023, 11:37 am

By the way I also own a number of pieces incised with word “Lushington” in a similar style to the above. Assume they are also works by Cicely.
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