Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bernard Leach article.

Gems of contemporary ceramics. 

"Leach did not stop at Japanese models. He also looked at Korean stoneware of the 18th and 19th centuries that could be admirable. It is Korea that inspired him to make a squat jar with six vertical facets (art historians say "chamfered"), but the maroon glaze is suggestive of Chinese persimmon-colored pieces of the Song age. One can see why the collector Peter Taylor, some of whose pieces make up the May 10 sale, would have wanted it. With its estimate of £400 to £600, about $760 to $1,140, the delightful piece is a reminder that contemporary ceramics is the only area today in which gems by famous masters are sometimes within the reach of buyers with modest means"

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