The Fine Art Society - Hylton Nel's cats
The Fine Art Society is currently holding an exhibition of work by the South African artist potter Hylton Nel which runs until June 16. On display will be more than 100 of his quirky figures, vases and other wares which draw widely on influences such as Staffordshire pottery, Italian maiolica and ancient ceramics.
Pictured here is Twin Cats, an earthenware piece from 2012 measuring 15½ x 11¼in (39.5 x 28.5cm) which is priced at £3500.
Bonhams - Sèvres vases
A pair of grand 12in (30cm) high Sèvres hard paste porcelain gilt vases of c.1778 with goat’s head handles, painted with elaborate chinoiserie sea battles by Jean-Jacques Dieu, is one of the highlights of Bonhams’ June 14 sale of European ceramics in New Bond Street. Together they are offered with an estimate of £70,000-90,000.
Formerly part of the collections of the Earls Spencer at Althorp, before that the vases belonged to William Stephen Poyntz (1770-1840), passing to his daughter Georgiana, Countess Spencer.
The sale features more than 240 lots ranging from early Italian maiolica to 20th century Meissen and includes a small Italian collection featuring examples of Capodimonte porcelain.
Errol Manners - harvest jugs
Ceramics specialists from around the globe are showing at this year’s Masterpiece London. Among them is Kensington Church Street dealer Errol Manners, who will present a wide range of English and Continental pottery and porcelain.
This West Country lead-glazed, slip decorated, inscribed and dated harvest jug is one of his pottery exhibits. Made in Barnstaple or Fremington, it stands 13in (32cm) high, features the Royal Arms, initials GR for George III and is inscribed under the handle Now is the time the Reepers Sweat, the Corn is Ripe and Must be Cut, then fill me full with Good Strong Bear for that is Good your harts to Chare.... John Briant 1771.
The jug comes from the personal collection of the late antiques dealer Eila Grahame and is priced at £28,000.
Christie's - Picasso ceramics
Christie’s is holding an online sale devoted entirely to the currently buoyant field of Picasso ceramics, running from June 19-29. It includes this 20½in (52cm) wide glazed earthenware ceramic plate Tête de chèvre de profil which was created on June 5, 1952, and produced in an edition of 250. It is stamped Madoura Plein Feu / Empreinte Originale de Picasso to the underside and has an estimate of £6000-8000.
Mary Wise & Grosvenor Antiques - Derby figure
Among the exhibitors taking ceramics to The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia this summer is the Kensington dealer Mary Wise & Grosvenor Antiques. The Kensington dealer will be showing a selection of porcelain from the main English factories well as some bronze and ormolu objects, spanning a broad price range from around £250 up to in excess of £3000.
The selection will include this 7in (16cm) high Derby figure of a gallant holding a shell, set on a distinctive dry edge base and dated to c.1755-56.
Kensington - The Heart of Ceramics
Rebranded and moved to a later date in the summer calendar, the collaborative series of selling exhibitions put on by Kensington ceramics dealers formerly known as Eight Days in June this year takes place from June 27-July 1 and is known as Kensington – The Heart of Ceramics.
Regular participants Simon Spero, showing at his own Campden Street shop, Garry Atkins and Roderick Jellicoe, showing at Stockspring Antiques, are joined this year by Juno Antiques, who will be at E&H Manners.
Spero will be showing a selection of rare pieces in his speciality, porcelain from early English factories including this Bow plate painted with botanical decoration dating from c.1756. It is priced in the region of £3500.
Juno Antiques’ exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary and will include this documentary Meissen teabowl, dated 1743 on the obelisk in the painted landscape. It is priced at £1650.
Adrian Sassoon - French porcelain
Adrian Sassoon is a regular exhibitor at Masterpiece London. He will be presenting a selection of the finest contemporary ceramics, metalwork, glass, hardstone and jewellery as well as his annual curated display of antique French porcelain harking back to his original profession as a curator at the J Paul Getty Museum in the 1980s. Prices range from £1500 to six-figure sums.
Pictured here are two of his French porcelain pieces. Shown top is a Sèvres porcelain cup and saucer with ‘jewelling’, gilded by Henri Prévost, 1784, and, shown below that, a Sèvres porcelain cup and saucer with ‘jewelling’, signed by Coteau, 1781.
A Collectors' Paradise
Three dealers – Brian Haughton, Christophe Perlés and Robyn Robb – join forces for a group exhibition titled A Collectors’ Paradise which runs from June 30-July 7 at Brian Haughton’s gallery.
Perlés will be showing a wide range of Continental ceramics, from 16th century Italian maiolica to 19th century Vienna porcelain, while Haughton’s display includes Continental items plus pieces of early Worcester from the celebrated Tuke collection.
Robb specialises in early English porcelain from the major 18th century factories, and among her exhibits will be this rare Worcester octagonal trio decorated in black pencilling and famille verte enamels (above) dating from c.1754. It is priced in the region of £6000-7000.
Stockspring Antiques - white glazed porcelain
London porcelain dealer Stockspring Antiques is holding an exhibition at its Kensington Church Street gallery devoted to white porcelain under the title Inspired by Blanc de Chine.
Comprising more than 120 pieces from the Anthony collection, it includes examples of the famous white glazed porcelain produced at Dehua in China, known as blanc de chine, and pieces emulating this ware that were created by European factories in Germany, France, Italy and England in the 18th century.
The show affords the opportunity to compare the Chinese prototypes and their European derivatives and demonstrates how the western factories went on to develop their own style.
The exhibition runs from June 7-14 and has a wide range of prices, from £300 up to £15,000.
Chiswick Auctions - Grayson Perry vase
Included in Chiswick Auctions’ June 27 sale of Modern and Contemporary art are two earthenware vessels by the ceramicist Gordon Baldwin and this 12½in (32cm) high untitled eathenware vase by Grayson Perry.
Perry’s pot dates from 1992 and is a relatively early work by the artist juxtaposing a detail from an Old Master with a contemporary image of a cyclist. It has an estimate of £8000-12,000.