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Hans Coper on the hour

02 January 2023

Long before the auction in Krefeld began, it was clear that the price for a vase by Hans Coper would be way higher than the estimate of €8000.

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Coper and Rie studio pottery supply stays healthy

31 October 2022

Ceramics by Hans Coper (1920-81) and Lucie Rie (1902-95) have been assimilated into the collecting sphere of Modern British art with spectacular effect.

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Top stories this week – including news of a record for any piece of studio pottery

16 October 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a monumental piece by Hans Coper breaking the auction record for the German-born British ceramicist.

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Hefty price for Hans Coper vase sets fresh auction record

10 October 2022

Premium-inclusive price in London just pips previous high for ceramicist Hans Coper.

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Hans Coper Spade vase unearthed from lord and lady's collection

03 October 2022

The sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne on October 12 includes a collection of studio ceramics formed by Lord and Lady Peyton of Yeovil.

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Hans Coper pot comes in at a hefty $260,000

20 December 2021

When Phillips held an auction in London on November 10 in association with Maak Contemporary Ceramics of selections from the collection of Dr John P Driscoll, it produced a number of record-breaking prices for Hans Coper (1920-81) and ended with a new auction high for the studio potter of £520,000 (ATG No 2518).

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Hans Coper coup as studio pottery records tumble

15 November 2021

Records were set for studio pottery when the collection of the late New York art dealer Dr John P Driscoll was sold last week.

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Waistel Cooper in his own world

04 January 2021

Once dismissed as a mere Hans Coper follower, the studio potter is now in rising demand

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Pick of the week: Lucie Rie record as footed bowl takes $180,000 at Phillips

31 July 2020

The market for Lucie Rie (1902-95) reached a new high when Phillips New York sold this 5.5in (14cm) diameter footed bowl for $180,000 (£136,800) at its latest design auction.

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17th century silver candlesticks, Louis Vuitton trunk and a Hans Coper vase – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

13 December 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Hans Coper 'Cycladic' vessel and a Louis Vuitton Explorer trunk that both sold above predictions.

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Registered bidders at London studio ceramics sale come from wide array of countries

02 December 2019

Two November sales underlined the current strength of the field of British studio pottery.

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Strong private buying helps to fuel high hammer total and selling rate in Nottingham

14 October 2019

Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) added to the cautiously feel-good mood created by some highly successful autumn sales in the provinces when strong private buying brought impressive results across the board.

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Studio ceramics: Collection from the home of a pioneering gallerist offered at Mallams

23 September 2019

Peter Dingley (1923-2018), who died last year aged 95, is a name synonymous with the best of modern British craft. David Whiting, author of 'Modern British Potters & Their Studios' (2009), described him as “a remarkable member of the small band of post-war pioneering gallerists who supported British ceramics”.

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British studio pottery – Art or artisan?

01 October 2018

British studio pottery, once the preserve of a small number of devotees, currently ranks among the strongest subsets of the art and antiques market. In the first element of a two-part feature, ATG considers the London market.

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Hans Coper ‘arrow head’ bid to sensational £305,000 target

05 March 2018

A sensational result emerged for the artist-potter Hans Coper (1920-81) at the 20th Century & Contemporary sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter.

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Top design in the Exeter spotlight

12 February 2018

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter plans to hold its first-ever 20th century and contemporary art and design sale later this month.

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Studio ceramics in starring role at auction

08 May 2017

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.

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Early Hans Coper bowl bought for V&A after export ban

10 August 2016

The V&A have acquired an early form by the artist-potter Hans Coper (1920-81). Made in 1955 in the studio Coper shared with Lucie Rie in Paddington, London, the large bowl was the subject of a temporary export ban in 2015 in the hope a UK buyer could be found.

Frisson for Fritsch, but Rie and Coper falter

08 October 2002

A 221-lot auction of Contemporary Ceramics, made up the final instalment of Bonhams’ design week series on September 24. The two most bankable names in this market are Hans Coper and Lucie Rie and their work can usually be relied on to dominate the top price slots.