Bernard Leach dish
Bernard Leach ‘Tree of Life’ design c.1924 estimated at £15,000-20,000 at Phillips in London on November 10.

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New York art dealer Driscoll specialised in the Hudson River School but his personal collection was focused on 20th century British studio ceramics as well as work by Japanese, Danish and Nigerian artists.

The sale at Phillips in London on November 10 called The Art of Fire: Selections from the Dr John P Driscoll Collection includes 160 lots. Marijke Varrall-Jones, director of Maak Contemporary Ceramics, said: “When John Driscoll was first introduced to British studio ceramics in the 1970s the appeal was instant. With Bernard Leach recognised as ‘where it all began’, the historical context resonated with John’s academic inclination, allowing him to explore the aesthetic and historical connections of British studio ceramics to Asian and European traditions.

“This collection reflects the diversity and innovation that first inspired John to start collecting.”

A number of works to be offered have previously been shown at the Fitzwilliam Museum and are included in the book Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery. Maak will auction further selections from the Driscoll collection during 2022-23.