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Studio ceramics in starring role

Likes of Rie and Coper keep interest high for a market that began to take off four years ago

Overshadowed by the boom in Chinese works and contemporary art they may have been, but the rise in demand for British studio ceramics has been the talk of the market these last few years.

They came into sharp focus at the Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium) March 29 sale when three examples contributed £61,000 to the £213,000 hammer total.

Pieces by Dame Lucie Rie (1902-95) and associate Hans Coper (1920-82) – the doyenne and doyen of the movement – and rising name John Ward (b.1938) all generated five-figure sums in the 430-lot Salisbury auction. International interest was evident but all in the end went to private UK buyers.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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