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  • Provenance

    Christie's, South Kensington, 'The Sunday Sale', 20 April 2008, lot 1

  • Literature

    John Houston, Michael Cardew: A Collection of Essays with an Introduction by Bernard Leach, London, 1976, p. 13 for a comparable jug

  • Catalogue Essay

    Michael Cardew was Bernard Leach’s first apprentice at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives. Having began his apprenticeship in 1923, this early jug is a type influenced by the traditional Devon ‘Harvest Jugs’ and was a form Cardew continued to make after establishing his own kiln at Winchcombe in the Cotswolds in 1926.


Early jug

circa 1924
Earthenware, cream slip with carved inscription beneath a clear brown glaze.
20.9 x 23 x 19.5 cm (8 1/4 x 9 x 7 5/8 in.)
Impressed with artist's and Leach Pottery seals.

£1,500 - 2,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £1,890

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