9th October 2021 9:30 GMT/BST

20th Century Design

  Lot 2019


Bernard Leach (1887-1979): A Stoneware Tree of Life Vase, circa 1959, incised and painted with three trees on a mottled ash glaze, impressed potter's seal, St Ives mark and ENGLAND, 33cm high See illustration

Sold with a signed letter from Bernard Leach, dated 11th February 1957, discussing pottery training

Provenance: Purchased direct from the potter in St Ives by the vendor's mother whilst on holiday

Leach said he was inspired by Han Dynasty Tomb Art after a trip to China (1914-1916) to create this motif (see Oliver Watson, Bernard Leach - Potter and artist, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo 1997, page 118, No.1250)

Comparable examples in York City Art Gallery, Leicester City Museums and The British Council (see op. cit., Oliver Watson, 1997, page 120, No.127)

Artists' Resale Rights/Droit de Suite may apply to this lot, please refer to Terms of Business

Sold for £12,000
Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000


..No restoration or damage.

Auction: 20th Century Design, 9th October 2021

The sale will include 65 lots of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture and furnishings from legendary chef Marco Pierre White’s hotel The Rudloe Arms in Wiltshire, as well as key pieces from some of the leading names in the Decorative Arts and 20th Century Design, such as Bernard Leach, Émile Gallé, Martin Brothers, Carlo Bugatti, Elizabeth Fritsch, and Rene Laliqué.


Thursday 7 October 10am-4pm, Friday 8 October 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8am.

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