Leach is regarded globally as the 'father' of studio ceramics. He was first introduced to ceramics whilst he was living in the Hong Kong and Japan. In 1920 he established the Leach Pottery studio in St Ives and brought  his Eastern influences to the West. Included in Maak's auction are examples of Leach's stoneware, earthenware and porcelain works,

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.39.06 Bernard Leach, Marmalade Jar, circa 1960

Bernard Leach, Tall Vase, circa 1960 Bernard Leach, Tall Vase, circa 1960

 

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.

Bernard Leach, Charger with 'Pagoda', 1946 Bernard Leach, Charger with 'Pagoda', 1946

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

Hamada Shoji, Shuki or Sake Set Hamada Shoji, Shuki or Sake Set

Yokoyama Naoki, Bizen Vase Yokoyama Naoki, Bizen Vase

Ono Kotaro, Large Bowl, circa 2005 Ono Kotaro, Large Bowl, circa 2005

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

Alison Britton, Caged Stork, Jug Form, 1979 Alison Britton, Caged Stork, Jug Form, 1979

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.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.54.14 Lucie Rie, Early Tall Vase, circa 1947

Hans Coper, Pot with Disc, 1965 Hans Coper, Pot with Disc, 1965

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

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