London auctions. Classical Compromise pot sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury on December 5, 2013. £32,240 ($52,637). Enjoy your day, Yareah friends.
A glazed earthenware pot by national treasure Grayson Perry had been a key part of a UK private collection since 1989, when it was purchased from the Soho art gallery Brich & Conran, by the wife of gallery owner James Birch. A well-known curator, Birch gave the Turner Prize winner his first show at the James Birch Fine Art gallery on the King’s Road in 1984. The pot, entitled A Classical Compromise, was decorated with a number of moulded pictorial vignettes in the style of Old Master paintings. It sold to an anonymous buyer on the telephone for £32,240. [Lot 108].
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist Angus Maguire said: “The pot is a very early work by a now well-known and well respected figure of the art world. His technique was still in the early stages of development at the time he created it and its curious title suggests a young contemporary artist commenting at the time about his perception of Old Master paintings, in relation to his own work. It is an important piece in charting the rise of Grayson Perry to national treasure.”