THE LEONARD & ALISON SHURZ COLLECTION
8th / 9th October 2020
Adam Partridge Auctioneers is pleased to be selling the largest collection of studio ceramics ever auctioned in the UK, with more than 1000 lots and some 1500 pots from around the world on sale.
The sale of the Leonard and Alison Shurz collection of studio ceramics is truly a global event with works by British, North American, European and Asian makers. It is so large it will take place over two days, with lots sold by international time zones.
Starting on the evening of Thursday 8th October at 5pm UK time (so daytime in the US) the sale of over 400 lots by US ceramic artists is timed to appeal to the American market. The auction continues all day Friday 9th October with over 60 lots of contemporary Japanese and Korean ceramics, 75 lots by European and Middle Eastern artists and concluding with over 470 lots by British and Irish artists.
Born in New York, Leonard Shurz came to London in 1964 where he met Alison, originally from Manchester. They were married in 1972 and moved out to Digswell, Welwyn Garden City, to a modern house with more room for children …. and pots.
Leonard had already started to acquire Lucie Rie’s work and that of Hans Coper, Bernard Leach, Gillian Lowndes, Ruth Duckworth and others, and also works by Scandinavian artists like Berndt Friberg and Alf Jarnestad. The couple, however, stopped collecting for a few years while their children were growing up, and eventually sold the Copers and most of the Ries in the 1980s, initially through Sotheby’s and later Christie’s (after Sotheby’s broke one of their Hans Copers!) But after the children left home, there was more space … and more time to collect.
The collection grew gradually at first, with an initial focus on Native American pottery, but exponentially over the last 10-15 years with annual visits to America, especially to NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conferences and US galleries, UK fairs and galleries like Goldmark and Contemporary Ceramics where they were regular buyers.
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