Putting theory into practice, he included 51 pieces in the 280-lot Modern Made sale on November 14 and emphasised his belief by scattering them through the catalogue rather than as a separate section.
The policy paid off with all bar one lots selling, greatly helped by the 38 lots from the collection of the late renowned dealer Barbara Ling of the Candover Gallery.
Most well-known names were represented – the likes of Walter Keeler (b.1942) with a salt-glazed, 9in (23cm) tall jug at £600; Peter Hayes (b.1946) with a 2ft 4in (71cm) 1989 rectangular sculptural form with raku glaze at £1500 and Monica Young (1929-2004) with a huge 4ft 10in (1.48km) tall stoneware coiled vessel which trebled expectations at £2800.
Six pieces by Lucie Rie underlined the accessibility of the grande dame of studio ceramics. Prices ranged from £700 for a 3¼in (8cm) high manganese glazed bowl with extensive restoration to £7500 for a c.1980, 4in (10cm) tall footed bowl with brown glaze, red band and sgraffito white lines.
Top-sellers came from Jennifer Lee (b.1956), whose status was confirmed when she won the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize.
At L&T, two very similar 7in (17.5cm) tall stoneware and mixed clay asymmetric vessels with tilted rim form, one from 1984 and one from 1988, doubled the estimates, selling to collectors at £12,000 each.