Announcing the “Best of British” Selling Exhibition of British Art Pottery From 1870
Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6JE. 24th 25th March 2012 with a private preview for invited guests on the 23rd March.
The exhibition is the culmination of 18 months collecting specifically for the event; no items have previously been offered for sale by AD antiques. This exclusive access to some of the Finest and Rarest examples of British Art Pottery has previously led to queues outside the museum hours before the museum opens its doors! Now more than ever, clients, decorators and collectors are wishing to invest in items that have investment potential as well as huge aesthetic appeal. To this end Alison Davey of AD antiques has painstakingly sourced some of the most sought after pieces from collections worldwide.
A selection of the items were first exhibited by the eminent academic, author and dealer Richard Dennis in his ground-breaking Exhibitions of the 1970s and others formed part of the collection of New York enthusiasts Harriman Judd, widely recognised as having the most important International collection of British Art Pottery before its dispersal in the early 1990s.
Well represented amongst the exhibits are Martin Brothers, including grotesque examples of their birds, Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre, Pilkington’s Lustre, including an important Vase by Walter Crane and perhaps the best examples of William Moorcroft’s work that AD antiques has had in their possession. Also showcased for the first time is work by Victoria Ellis, contemporary ceramicist. These pieces have been specially commissioned by AD antiques for the exhibition. Victoria produces exquisite bas relief panels each one a unique design painstakingly carved. It is a process that can take weeks; the Isolde and Sir Tristram plaque to be exhibited took in excess of 70 hours to carve. Victoria has produced work for the Royal Institute of British Architects and has undertaken commissions for Important Arts and Crafts Houses in the UK and Abroad. She doesn’t produce limited editions; each piece is totally unique!