Ceramics auction offers leading names

Ceramics from Lucie Rie and Hans Coper
(Left) Lucie Rie, Bottle with Flared Lip, (c. 1980) Stoneware with white glaze. 26.5 x14.8 cm. (right) Hans Coper, Hourglass Form (c. 1972) Stoneware, black glaze. 27.6 x 9 cm.

Auctioneer and art consultancy Maak contemporary ceramics is launched its spring auction, Modern + Contemporary Ceramics & Dialogues in Clay.

The auction features over 200 lots, presenting fine examples by the leading names in studio ceramics.

The auction includes a single collection of works gathered by the artist and gallerist George Kyriacou, that has focused on a fascination with the dialogue between contemporary ceramicists, ancient oriental ceramics and classical antiquities.

Alongside the sale, Maak will present a small survey exhibition, Dialogues in Clay, to portray the unique approach that informed George Kyriacou’s collecting, bringing works from the sale into context with examples of the ancient artworks with which they resonate.

Collectors will be interested in highlight pieces of Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, from the collection of Mary ‘Boots’ Redgrave, New Craftsman Gallery.

Alongside 20th-century masters Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada; an important Vessel with Collar by Elizabeth Fritsch; an early asymmetric vessel by 2018 Loewe Crafts Prize winner, Jennifer Lee; a fine selection of vessels by John Ward; a collection of early celadon wares by Edmund de Waal, this auction brings together key postwar pieces.

The auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire pieces from the sale of a single collection built up over the last 40 years by sculptor and collector, George Kyriacou. Maak’s sale will include 50 or so key pieces from his collection, such as several by Janet Leach, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Lucie Rie, Ian Godfrey and some important examples by Gabriele Koch.

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