Online Auctions. From Pioneer Potters to Poetry in Porcelain

Online Auctions. From Pioneer Potters to Poetry in Porcelain
Isabel del Rio

Online Auctions. From 19 to 22 May 2014 maak Contemporary Ceramics will present their auction of studio pottery and contemporary ceramic art at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, 5 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY.

Online Auctions. From Pioneer Potters to Poetry in Porcelain

Online Auctions. From Pioneer Potters to Poetry in Porcelain

The auction will provide an increasingly rare opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts of studio ceramics to see and acquire works by the leading names in British Studio Ceramics. Artists featured include Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Michael Cardew, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Norah Braden, Ladi Kwali, James Tower, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Ruth Duckworth, Ewen Henderson, Gordon Baldwin, Elizabeth Fritsch, John Maltby, John Ward, Kate Malone, Jennifer Lee, Alev Siesbye, Richard Slee, Rupert Spira, to name but a few.

As the major international auction houses increasingly focus on the high-end fine art markets, interesting speciality markets such as contemporary ceramics are slowly losing their place. Whereas contemporary ceramics auctions have in the past featured regularly within the auction calendar, today maak Contemporary Ceramics is the only organisation in the UK to hold regular auctions dedicated to this field.

All the works in the auction will be on public view at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in Pall Mall, London. The auction will take place online via their iRostrum auction platform, with lots available to view online now at There will then be a four-day bidding period that is live during the gallery viewing. “The online auction platform gives our clients much greater accessibility to participate in our auctions and, as a result, for a small speciality market, we enjoy an international reach with buyers participating from the UK, Europe, the US, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong, Australia and more. However, it is essential for us to maintain a physical gallery presence for the auction viewing as it is important that clients can physically see and handle the works. The exhibitions also offer a rare chance for the public to see good representative examples of the very best in international and British Studio Ceramics.”

maak contemporary ceramics is a specialist art consultancy that is dedicated to ceramic art of the 20th and 21st centuries. They hold two auctions a year which are conscientiously curated to offer works by a broad selection of ceramic artists, reflecting all the major developments, with particular emphasis on British Studio Ceramics. The maak Contemporary Ceramics auctions have become well established amongst collectors and feature fine examples by the leading names in the field, from the early traditionalist potters such as Bernard Leach to contemporary ceramic artist Edmund de Waal.

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