The Artists Behind Wedgwood Pottery
Lot 25 – This large collection of Wedgwood Florentine dinnerware and tea ware sold for £1600 at our March 2020 Two Day Auction of Rare 20th Century British Pottery, collectors items, jewellery, & antiques.
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An important and pioneering figure of the Industrial Revolution, Josiah Wedgwood’s name and legacy continues to live on and is synonymous with the region of Stoke-on-Trent. Since the Wedgwood factory’s inception all the way back in 1759, founded by Josiah himself, there has been a rising desirability for the work of artists employed by the factory, especially from the mid-century modern movement to the present day.
Lot 1080 – A large Wedgwood ''The Boat Race'' fruit bowl by Eric Ravilious. Produced in 1975 from the original design by Ravilious in 1938, limited edition 52/200. Sold for £550 at our November 2019 Rare 20th Century British Pottery, Antique Auction.
The Wedgwood factory employed some of the great artists. Names to look out for include Alan Best, Arnold Machin, Clare Leighton, Edward Bawden, Eric Owen, Eric Ravilious, Erling B. Olsen, John Skeaping, Laurence Whistler, Norman Makinson, Norman Wilson, Richard Guyatt, Robert Goodden, Tom Harper and Victor Skellern.
(From left to right): Lot 681 – A Wedgwood John Skeaping polar bear in a cane colour, sold for £170 at our February 2017 Rare 20th century Pottery, Antique, Collectors and Fine Art Auction. Lot 548 – A Wedgwood John Skeaping polar bear in a celadon glaze, sold for £200 at our June 2017 Antique, Rare Pottery and Fine Art Sale. Lot 1071 – A Wedgwood John Skeaping polar bear in a cream colour, sold for £180 at our November 2019 Rare 20th Century British Pottery, Antique Auction.
Lot 737 - Wedgwood Jasperware Black Basalt and white chess pieces designed by Arnold Machin, sold for £200 at our March 2020 Two Day Auction of Rare 20th Century British Pottery, collectors items, jewellery, & antiques.
Sir Arthur Brian was the first non-family Managing Director at Wedgwood, from 1967-1986, and was an excellent talent spotter for the firm. He employed the services of Elwyn James and Michael Dillon as they left art college. Frank Brookes, David Puxley, John Dermer, Glenys Barton are other distinguished names who produced at the Barlaston factory under Sir Arthur Bryan's leadership.
Lot 760 – A boxed limited-edition Wedgwood Jasperware Urn, and Lot 805 – A large Wedgwood Jasperware Portland vase in teal, both sold individually for £460 at our March 2020 Two Day Auction of Rare 20th Century British Pottery, collectors items, jewellery, & antiques.
William Evans, Jon French, Dale Bowen, Gary Derricott, Paul Harper and Michael Hughes are accomplished modern artists and craftsmen who spent most of their working lives at the Wedgwood factory. They all eventually went on to become Master Craftspeople, demonstrating their skills at the Wedgwood Barlaston Visitors Centre and exhibiting for the company across the world. Thanks to the foresight of the management of Graham Whitehead, and following him Lis Fielding, these artists were encouraged to be free to produce experimental and unique items to be sold also within the Visitors Centre. Many of these artists and craftspeople are alive and well, and their work is increasingly sought after.
Lot 806 – A Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Malfery jar, sold for £320 at our March 2020 Two Day Auction of Rare 20th Century British Pottery, collectors items, jewellery, & antiques.
Lot 669 – A Wedgwood green and grey ribbed studio vase by Norman Wilson, sold for £550 at our November 2018 Antique, Rare Pottery and Fine Art Sale, and Lot 722 – A Wedgwood Arnold Machin model “Country Lovers”, sold for £600 at our March 2020 Two Day Auction of Rare 20th Century British Pottery, collectors items, jewellery, & antiques.
We have a large collection of Wedgwood pieces coming up for sale at auction later this year in November 2020 from a deceased estate of a well-known Wedgwood collector. Featuring many rare and collectable pieces, this is going to be a great auction for Wedgwood collectors and for those wishing to sell Wedgwood too. Watch this space as we will be releasing more information soon.
If you have some Wedgwood pottery items - both modern and antique - that you would like to auction, get in touch and we can help you with a valuation. Talk to our team of experts who will be able to give you an accurate auction estimate on commemorative wares, animals, figurines, and other Wedgwood pieces. You can join us at one of our valuation days, email us for an appointment [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)1782 638100 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
If you can't come in and see us in person send us an email to [email protected] with details and a photograph (eg make, model, model number, measurements, condition) and one of our experts will provide information and auction estimates. Alternatively, give us a call on 01782 638100 to arrange an appointment.