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  • Provenance

    Christie's, South Kensington, 'Twentieth-Century British Decorative Arts', 29 March 2001, lot 319

  • Exhibited

    'Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery', Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, 14 September-3 December 2017 and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 20 March-18 June 2018
    'Pioneers: 101 years of the Leach Pottery', Court Barn, Chipping Campden, 10 July-25 September 2021

  • Literature

    Glenn Adamson, Martina Droth and Simon Olding, Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, New Haven, 2017, illustrated pp. 28, 162, 259 with accompanying essay
    Yale Center for British Art (booklet), September‐December 2017, illustrated front cover

  • Catalogue Essay

    'You can document the tree of life in different cultures at different times; but you can also document it in terms of what it meant to Leach. He had a deep grasp of the cultures that he was drawing upon, and of the place his work had in contemporary culture.' -J.D.


Charger with 'Tree of Life' design

circa 1924
Earthenware, galena glaze over slip trailed and carved 'Tree of Life' design, incorporating mustang, stag and hunting dog, bird feeding its young, song birds, Ursa Major and dragon motifs.
44.4 cm (17 1/2 in.) diameter
Impressed with artist's and Leach Pottery seals.

£15,000 - 20,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £97,020

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The Art of Fire: Selections from the Dr John P. Driscoll Collection

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