Alison Britton - Design New York Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Literature

    Tanya Harrod, Alison Britton: Ceramics in Studio, London, 1990, similar examples throughout
    Glenn Adamson, Martina Droth, and Simon Olding, eds., Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, exh. cat., Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2017, pp. 327-29, 331 for similar examples

  • Artist Biography

    Alison Britton

    British • 1948

    A leading figure in English ceramics, Alison Britton was part of a group of influential ceramists who emerged from the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, including Elizabeth Fritsch and Jacqueline Poncelet, whose work sought to re-establish the vessel as an abstract form. Rather than throw on a wheel, Britton hand-builds her pieces by assembling slabs in an asymmetrical, often architectural structure and paints them in energetic gestural patterns, combining sculpture with painting. Internationally recognized as a curator, writer and recipient of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, her ceramic artworks are held in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Property from the Westminster Collection


"Big Blue Pot"

circa 1983
Hand-built high-fired earthenware, painted with slips and pigments, clear matte glaze.
14 in. (35.6 cm) high
Underside incised Alison Britton 83.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $3,250

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New York Auction 6 June 2018