Star Sales

A ski poster, a Hans Coper vase and a Kash­mir shawl are among the show­stop­pers cho­sen by Caroline Wheater from the most re­cent UK auc­tions

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS -

Dis­cover our high­lights from re­cent auc­tions

1. Émi­gré Emi­nence Es­ti­mate £8,000-£12,000 Sold £10,000

Stu­dio po!ery by the big name ce­ram­i­cists of the 20th cen­tury – Bernard Leach, Lu­cie Rie, Hans Coper, Ewen Hen­der­son, Elizabeth Fritsch, Jac­que­line Pon­celet, John Ward and John Maltby just for starters – is hot, and buy­ing at auc­tion is where you’ll "nd the best value. Hans Coper (1920-1981), who made this small, oval-shaped vase, was a Ger­man émi­gré who trained with Lu­cie Rie in the 1940s at her Lon­don stu­dio. Coper de­vel­oped his own highly dis­tinc­tive style in #uenced by Cy­cladic art that he saw at the Bri­tish Mu­seum, and cre­ated sculp­tural stoneware forms by throw­ing clay into shapes then join­ing two or more pieces to­gether. His glazes were al­ways black and/or white, and here he has used white slip over man­ganese. While Rie was proli "c, rarely de­stroy­ing any pots, Coper was the op­po­site, pu!ing a ham­mer through much of it, so when his pots come on the mar­ket they can fetch any­thing up to £50,000. This ves­sel, which sold at Daw­son’s re­cently, car­ries an im­pressed HC seal, mark­ing it out as a Coper. 01628 944100; daw­son­sauc­

2. State­ment Piece

Es­ti­mate £800-£1,200 Sold £875 What a show­stop­per this gilt­wood side chair proved to be when it sold at Lyon & Turn­bull re­cently. The style is Gothic Re­vival and the de­sign is a!ributed to Wil­liam Por­den (1755-1822), a gar­den ar­chi­tect and fur­ni­ture de­signer who trained un­der James Wya!, the in "uen­tial English ar­chi­tect. The bu!on-back chair has been re­uphol­stered with shim­mer­ing blue damask silk by Wa!s of West­min­ster. 0131 557 8844; ly­onand­turn­

3. Snow Scene

Es­ti­mate £800-£1,200 Sold £1,000 Ski posters from the 1930s are avidly col­lected by keen skiers and graphic art fans alike. This ex­u­ber­ant de­sign by Swiss artist Leo Keck (1906-1987) is advertising the snowy slopes of Zerma! in the Swiss Alps and sold at a re­cent Bon­hams Dec­o­ra­tive Art and De­sign sale. The litho­graphic poster, 101cm x 63cm, was in top con­di­tion and ready to frame. Keck cre­ated equally zesty posters for Gs­taad, Lenk, Davos and St Moritz. 020 7447 7447; bon­

4. Deco Nude

Es­ti­mate £200-£300 Sold £420 De­spite a li!le dam­age – chips to the rim of the shade and to the onyx, and a li!le wear across the #gure – an art deco spel­ter ta­ble lamp sold for a healthy sum at Sworders’ pop­u­lar 20th Cen­tury Dec­o­ra­tive Art & De­sign sale in Oc­to­ber. The metal lamp, 37cm high and mod­elled as a nude hold­ing a globe light on an onyx plinth, was pure Thir­ties in style and still cuts a dash. It was one of sev­eral art deco spel­ter and onyx lamps among the sale’s lots. 01279 817778;

5. Fab­ric of Life

Es­ti­mate £700-£1,000 Sold £3,800 The im­pres­sive Marta & Mau­rice Clare Shawl Col­lec­tion con­sist­ing of 22 lots of late 18th to mid 19th- cen­tury Kash­mir and French shawls sold at fash­ion spe­cial­ist Kerry Taylor Auc­tions last au­tumn. Amassed a !er the cou­ple, both mu­si­cians, se$led in Lon­don in the 1970s, they were found at auc­tions, jum­ble sales and in junk shops. This wo­ven Kash­mir ex­am­ple dates to 1800 and sold for way over es­ti­mate. 020 8676 4600; ker­ry­tay­lo­rauc­

6. Sim­ply Sèvres

Es­ti­mate £100-£200 Sold £220 From its es­tab­lish­ment in 1738 at Vin­cennes, the Sèvres porce­lain fac­tory en­joyed royal pa­tron­age from Louis XV and Madame de Pom­padour. Its pop­u­lar­ity con­tin­ued a !er the French Rev­o­lu­tion – Napoleon took de­liv­ery of the Marly Rouge ser­vice in 1809. This co"ee can and saucer, c1825, dec­o­rated with gilt #ow­er­heads, sold at the lat­est Wool­ley & Wal­lis English & Euro­pean Ce­ram­ics & Glass sale. 01722 424500; wool­leyand­wal­


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