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Regional rooms move studio into the mainstream

Once esoteric pottery market expands beyond usual names

Two pre-Christmas sales, one at Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury and one at Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) in Oxford, highlighted the move of studio pottery from esoteric niche into the mainstream market.

W&W had the huge bonus of offering the noted collection of Prof Luke Herrmann (1932-2016) on December 13, before a wider-ranging sale the following day.

Prof Herrmann was best known as an art historian, pioneering the study of Turner’s printed works. However, his interest in studio pottery dates back to his time at the Ashmolean Museum (1956-67) where, as well as cataloguing English watercolours and drawings, he was responsible for the collections of European ceramics.

On his retirement from Leicester University in 1986, he built a noted collection later exhibited in the Ashmolean.

It was no surprise that 95% of the 137 lots from his collection found buyers at Salisbury. The hammer total of £371,000 was well above expectations.

“We had bidding from private collectors, museums and specialist dealers from around the world,” said W&W’s 20th century specialist Michael Jeffery.

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