A recent slight stagnation of the Clarice Cliff market was overturned on Wednesday 20th March with collectors turning out in their droves for a strong offering of the designer’s work.
Of the 88 lots offered only four failed to find a buyer, with the top price of £4,250 achieved for a rare 265 vase in the Applique Etna pattern (lot 37). Some 30 buyers competed in the saleroom, on the telephone and over two internet bidding platforms to sell the Clarice section for a premium inclusive £55,670.
A sell rate of nearly 78% indicated a continued interest in all areas of modern design but, as always, items of exceptional quality or rarity shone through. The top lot of the sale was a Lucie Rie conical bowl with a golden manganese glaze to the rim and foot (lot 371), which realised £30,000 including premium. A Josef Lorenzl Goldschieder figure exceeded expectations at £6,250 (lot 193), as did a Dotty Pumpkin sculpture by Kate Malone at £2,125 (lot 380) and a chest of drawers by furniture designer Alan Peters OBE, which fetched £4,750 (lot 448). The keen rise in interest in Peters’ work was clearly demonstrated by this last lot, which had sold at this saleroom in 2009 (as part of the Lord Parmoor Collection) for £1,100.
Full results can be viewed here.