Take your pick from the collection of a porcelain expert

The late Jack Blackburn was the co-founder of Youlgreave’s – and Britain’s only – gallery specialising in French contemporary ceramics, Pots from France.

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Estimated at £700-900 is this large earthenware plate covered in white glaze with cobalt painted nude figures of a mother and child, by post-modern potter Philip Eglin (b.1959). It has an impressed mark dated 2007.

The late Jack Blackburn was the co-founder of Youlgreave’s – and Britain’s only – gallery specialising in French contemporary ceramics, Pots from France.

Twice a year, he would drive to France’s pottery-making areas returning laden with 300 pots made by up to 20 potters. He was also a collector of British pots.

Next week, Adam Partridge in Macclesfield sells his studio ceramics collection on July 29. Here we pick out some of the highlights.

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Based in the Provencal pottery village of Dieulefit, Caroline Barbet “explores the possibilities of hand-built and turned stoneware bowls working from a tiny base,” Blackburn wrote of this artist. This conical bowl with a smoky surface is one of her smaller pieces, but still on a monumental scale and has an estimate of £400-600.

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Again from Blackburn: “Some Japanese and French potters like to accept pots which are purposely irregular in form and surface texture, which can be more interesting to handle and to use imaginatively. Marianne [Castelly]’s delicately made porcelain bowls with splashes of vibrant colour are such pieces. They are delicately alive, just right.” This grogged porcelain chawan covered in white glaze with splashes of black and copper red is estimated at £60-80.

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A slipware jar and cover with sgraffito decoration by Jean-Nicolas Gerard is on offer with an estimate of £150-200.

Blackburn recalled that he “found his work at a Camille Virot event, but it was the dynamic, the energy, the spontaneity of gesture in the earthenware of Jean-Nicolas that sparked my interest and imagination. Went straight to his pottery and bought several pieces for the first 'Pots from France' exposition. The show opened with about forty pots. The pride of place was one of Jean-Nicolas' smaller square platters. Would it sell? We loved it anyway and the forth person to enter the exhibition, a neighbour, saw it, looked again and said, 'That's mine!' Since then Jean-Nicolas has become a very good friend, as well as a mainstay of our exhibitions. Now he's universally ... the man!!!”

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This stoneware flask form decorated with a stylised landscape by John Maltby (1936-2020) is offered with an estimate of £500-700.

 

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