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  • Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner from the exhibition 'Richard Slee/Katherine Virgils', 1984

  • Exhibited

    'Richard Slee/Katherine Virgils', British Crafts Centre, London, 11 May-9 June 1984
    'Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery', Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, 14 September-3 December 2017

  • Literature

    Richard Slee/Katherine Virgils, exh. cat., British Crafts Centre, London, 1984, illustrated n.p.
    Glenn Adamson, Martina Droth and Simon Olding, eds., Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, exh. cat., Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2017, illustrated p. 341 with accompanying essay

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips wishes to thank Richard Slee for his assistance cataloguing the present lot.

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Slee

    British • 1946

    British ceramist Richard Slee’s influences derive from the eighteenth-century pottery manufactories around Stoke-on-Trent in England known for mass-produced wares in the style of German, Dutch and Chinese porcelain. Decidedly non-functional, Slee’s work slyly references these styles and their decorative lack of purpose, but infuses contemporary imagery, conversing between the familiar and the ornate, to often humorous result. Slee’s work is in the permanent collections of multiple institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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'Lidded Jar'

circa 1984
Earthenware, glazes over a crumpled and incised surface.
52.4 cm (20 5/8 in.) high

£2,000 - 3,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £21,420

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