Edmund De Waal Teapot Performs Well at Mallams’ Modern Living Sale


Mallams’ 18 August Modern Living Sale achieved sales of £80,000 and attracted more than 600 online bidders with just under 25% coming via Mallams’ own online bidding platform, ‘MallamsLive’.

An Edmund De Waal studio pottery teapot (lot 343, estimated at £1000-£2000) was the top selling lot. Standing at 15cm high and featuring a cream celadon glaze and blue decoration with an impressed seal mark to the base, this teapot achieved a winning bid of £3200 from a private, UK-based, online buyer.

A lithograph entitled ‘Grand Palais’ (lot 146) by the internationally acclaimed Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró (1893-1983) also featured in Mallams’ Modern Living sale. Numbered 53/100 and signed in pencil to the lower right corner with a ‘CCA (Christie’s Contemporary Art) Galleries label on the reverse, this lot eventually sold to a UK buyer for £2200, against an estimate of £1000-£2000.

Clarice Cliff (1899-1972) is considered to be one of the most influential ceramic artists of the 20th century with her colour-rich work always attracting enormous interest. Lot 392 in Mallams’ sale was a Clarice Cliff ‘Autumn’ shape 365 vase with printed marks to the base, circa 1930, estimated at £200-£400. Part of Cliff’s Fantasque range, this vase proved popular with bidders with the hammer eventually falling at £1100 to a private UK buyer.

Two other items of note, which both soared well above their £300-£500 estimates, were a Gordon Russell (1892-1980) English walnut and oak book table (lot 57) which sold for £1600, and a pair of walnut veneered table lamps with red silk shades (lot 24) by David Linley (b.1961) which sold for £1400.

Mallams is now accepting entries for its next Modern Living Sale taking place next March. If you have any items of interest, please call 01242 235712 or email Mallams' Modern Living specialist, Chloe Wood, at chloe@mallams.co.uk

All prices are subject to a 30% buyers' premium (VAT inclusive). 

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