Hans Coper, 'Cycladic' Winged Bud Form, circa 1976 Hans Coper, 'Cycladic' Winged Bud Form, circa 1976

'Cycladic' Winged Bud Form, circa 1978, is estimated to fetch $25 000-37 000 (£20 000-30 000) when the sale takes place from November 14-17 at London’s specialist ceramic art auction house Maak.

Hans Coper, 'Cycladic' Winged Bud Form, circa 1976 Hans Coper, 'Cycladic' Winged Bud Form, circa 1976

Hans Coper, 'Cycladic' Winged Bud Form, circa 1976 Hans Coper, 'Cycladic' Winged Bud Form, circa 1976

Hans Coper, along with Lucie Rie, is arguably one of the most important post-war potters. Born in Germany, Coper emigrated to England in 1939 and was introduced to Rie in 1946 when they began working together, remaining life long friends.

Coper's pots were created in series, or families, comprising a dozen or so basic shapes in varying combinations and proportions. The series of 'Cycladic' pots represent the pinnacle of Coper's creativity. They were first shown at an exhibition of Coper and textile artist Peter Collingwood at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1969 and are considered his finest forms.

Screen Shot 2016-11-09 at 14.54.33 Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, Tea Bowl, circa 1958

The serene piece has come from the personal collection of Coper via the artist's family. The sale will also feature pieces that Rie and Coper produced together in Albion Mews as well as solo works by Rie.

Screen Shot 2016-11-09 at 14.55.55 Lucie Rie, Footed Bowl, 1980

Over 260 works by leading British and International names in studio ceramics will be going under the gavel at Maak with estimates ranging from $250 - 37 000. Check out the full catalog here.

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