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Post by kaybusajf August 21st 2023, 8:42 am

Hello everyone, great to discover this forum.

I would appreciate some help with the following, please. Appears to be a Ladi Kwali but the maker's mark is unclear. Would anyone be able to confirm or point me in the right direction, please? Thank you so much.


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Post by philpot August 21st 2023, 9:00 am

https://www.bonhams.com/search/?chronology=past&query=ladi+kwali&page=2

There are a number of these images with Ladi Kwali's marks. Provenance is everything in this Ladi Kwali's case, as her work is now  becoming quite valuable.  For instance at a Philips London auction a couple of years ago.https://www.phillips.com/artist/23446/ladi-kwali

The leading person who specialises in Studio pottery auctions in the UK is the lady who runs Maak aucions. She hols two or three specialist online studio pottery a year. She would probably be able to give you the best professional answer. Send her a photo!
https://maaklondon.irostrum.com/auction/search?keyword=ladi%20kwali



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Post by kaybusajf August 21st 2023, 9:24 am

Far too kind, philpot! Thank you so much.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. August 21st 2023, 6:53 pm

Nice object whoever made it, thanks for posting.

You got a width ? - trying to work out if it's a small ashtray or a fruit bowl - probably somewhere in between

Edit: As they say on Reddit 'banana for scale'

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Post by croker August 21st 2023, 7:02 pm

Hi, Your pot or an identical one is illustrated under women artists as Ladi Kwali , i can't get the link to work but if you type awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/ladi-kwali/ that should get you there.
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Post by philpot August 21st 2023, 7:17 pm

https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/ladi-kwali/

The link to the site that Croker kindly mentioned above. There are several more of her pieces illustrated as well. The bowl is in the smaller photos below.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. August 21st 2023, 7:50 pm

Guys it's the same bowl and the same photo
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Post by philpot August 21st 2023, 10:13 pm

Are you saying that someone is playing a joke on us?
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Post by kaybusajf August 21st 2023, 11:48 pm

Thank you all for your comments. I came across the Aware website but didn't want to base my conviction on that alone, as they could also have reposted from an unverified source. In any case, I've just purchased it from a previous owner who's convinced it's a Ladi Kwali but I wanted to make assurance doubly sure. I've reached out to Maak as earlier suggested.

(It's 14cm by 4.5cm)
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Post by NaomiM August 22nd 2023, 3:17 am

I think you’re right to be skeptical about the mark. From the photo it doesn’t appear to match up to an LK monogram.

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Post by philpot August 22nd 2023, 8:39 am

https://www.mallams.co.uk/auction/lot/lot-43---ladi-kwali-1925-1984-at-abuja-pottery-shallow-bowlgreen-glaze/?lot=94760&so=0&st=&sto=0&au=467&ef=&et=&ic=False&sd=1&pp=96&pn=1&g=1

This one was in Mallams oxford in December 2020. It went for £400. There was a ewer after it that was unsold. You can see them at Mallams website under the sold prices. It has a drop down menu and is in the Design Sale on December 15 2020
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Post by studio-pots August 22nd 2023, 9:37 am

The Abuja Arabic script mark is clear enough in the photograph.

However, with an under the glaze personal seal mark it is much more difficult, often impossible, to give a definitive answer from a photograph even when comparing with other online images.

The only way is for it to be seen and handled by someone that has knowledge of such work and have the ability to turn the item in the light.

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Post by denbydump August 22nd 2023, 9:44 am

Might it be Jos - Nigeria? The mark looks very similar to some examples here:

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t13795-jos-pottery-nigeria
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