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  • Provenance

    Bonhams, New Bond Street, '20th Century Japanese Ceramics and Works of Art', 11 November 2003, lot 13

  • Exhibited

    'Pioneers: 101 years of the Leach Pottery', Court Barn, Chipping Campden, 10 July-25 September 2021

  • Literature

    Oliver Watson, Bernard Leach: Potter and Artist, exh. cat., Crafts Council, London, 1997, p. 147, pl. 172 for a comparable example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Bernard Leach said of this design, 'free calligraphic use of a brush does not come easily for a European, for we are accustomed from childhood to the heavier pressure of the pencil or the scratch of the pen. For that reason I have best to limit my efforts to a few rhythmic strokes. The fish are made by one brush stroke which is then combed' (Bernard Leach, A Potter's Challenge, p. 132).


'Leaping Salmon' vase

circa 1960
Stoneware, cream and iron glazes with painted and carved design of fish.
36 cm (14 1/8 in.) high
Impressed with artist's and Leach Pottery seals.

£6,000 - 9,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £17,010

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