Bowl sells for more than £10,000 at new auction room
PUBLISHED: 13:39 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 10 July 2018
A bowl has sold for more than £10,000 at the opening of a South Norfolk auction room.
TW Gaze held the sale in The Waveney Room, a newly commissioned building on Roydon Road, with 680 lots of modern design up for sale.
The building is designed to allow natural light into the rooms.
Director Elizabeth Talbot said “This light, airy, purpose-built auction venue has been many years in the planning and what better way to launch it than with one of our flag ship special sales?”
“For many years James Bassam, our renowned specialist in 20th and 21st Century art and design, has compiled some wonderful headlining modern design auctions in surroundings which, have not been ideal for his purpose.”
Designer glass, ceramics, furniture, textiles, art and sculpture were put up for sale at the auction.
Excitement was caused by the day’s star lot, a small stone ware bowl by the German-born potter Hans Coper. Measuring just 15cm in diameter it was decorated with scraffito abstract detail and silvered pitting.
It was sold to an online-bidder who went up against the under bidder present in the room.
Despite sporting a re-glued chip to the rim, the little bowl sold for £10,800.
Mr Bassam said: “I was very happy with the whole sale, but the price achieved for the Hans Coper bowl was an amazing way to mark the opening of The Waveney Room.”
The opening of The Waveney Room is phase one of Gaze’s current building project.
Over the summer and autumn the completion of a new reception and offices will be followed by the fitting out of a new cafe next to The Waveney Room.
Ms Talbot added: “Our intention is to continue to enhance the TW Gaze Auction experience and for our clients to continue to enjoy it with us.”
Hans Coper was born in 1920 in Chemnitz Germany. He fled to Britain at the start of the Second World War and became making pottery 1946.
Pieces made by the potter have recently sold for upwards of £300,000.