Leach's decorative skills are celebrated by critics, his works in the sale include pieces with simple glaze effects, bands of color and mottled paint. A truly inspiring piece in the sale is a 1946 charger which has been decorated with a Japanese rural scene with a pagoda.

The auction features a significant number of 20th century Japanese ceramics, including 30 pieces that form the second selection from an important private Parisian collection of Japanese ceramics

Works by both Mingei and Sodeisha artists will be featured, from tea ceremony wares to avant-garde sculptural pieces.

Important works in the auction by celebrated artist Alison Britton- whose retrospective at London's V & A museum is receiving rave reviews- will be sure to excite collectors.

Maak Contemporary Ceramics' sale will be held from May 16-19, 2016. Search Maak on Barnebys here.