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The two pottery vases that sold for £4,500 at Diss auction

PUBLISHED: 09:14 07 November 2018

Two studio pottery vases by John Ward that sold for £4,500 in Diss. Pictire: TW Gaze

Two studio pottery vases by John Ward that sold for £4,500 in Diss. Pictire: TW Gaze

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They are eye-catching but would you have thought these two humble pottery vases would collectively sell for £4,500 at an auction in Diss?

Warhol exhibition poster, Danish armchairs, Zacron lithograph of the Led Zeppelin III album cover and Whitefriars green drunken bricklayer vase sold in Diss. Picture: TW GazeWarhol exhibition poster, Danish armchairs, Zacron lithograph of the Led Zeppelin III album cover and Whitefriars green drunken bricklayer vase sold in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

The contemporary pottery items by John Ward were in fact the star lots at the recent Modern Design auction at TW Gaze salerooms.

A studio ceramic asymmetric 17cm vase in black and green sold for £2,600, whilst a studio pottery tulip form 24.5cm pale blueish green and brown glazed vase fetched £1,900.

John Ward is regarded as one of Britain’s great potters. Born in 1938, and trained at Camberwell College of Arts in the 1960s, his generally simple work is influenced by natural forms inspired by the landscape close to the Welsh coast where he has lived since 1979.

Other notable items in the sale included a 1971 Tate Gallery Warhol exhibition poster featuring Marilyn Monroe, and signed by Andy Warhol, which sold for £1,400, a painting titled ‘’Paris Plage’’ by Fred Yates, that sold for £950 and a signed collage by Sandra Blow that fetched £700.

A Whitefriars glass green drunken bricklayer vase by Geoffrey Baxter was bought for £900, while a pair of 1960s Danish teak armchairs sold for £550.

There was also a local link as a signed lithograph of the iconic Led Zeppelin III album cover designed by artist Zacron, who lived and worked in South Norfolk until his death in 2012, sold for £550.

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