Leach is regarded globally as the 'father' of studio ceramics. He was first introduced to ceramics whilst he was living in the Far East. In 1920 he established the Leach Pottery studio in St Ives and brought his Eastern influences to the West. Included in Maak's sale are examples of Leach's stoneware, earthenware and porcelain.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.39.06 Bernard Leach, Marmalade Jar, circa 1960

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.38.56 Bernard Leach, Tall Vase, circa 1960

Renowned for his decorative skills, the Leach pieces in the sale include works with simple glaze effects, bands of colour and mottled paint. A truly inspiring piece in the sale is a 1946 charger which has been decorated with a Japanese rural scene featuring a pagoda.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.38.45 Bernard Leach, Charger with 'Pagoda', 1946

The auction features a significant number of 20th century Japanese ceramics, including 30 pieces that form the second selection from an important private Parisian collection of Japanese ceramics

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.40.49 Hamada Shoji, Shuki or Sake Set

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.40.36 Yokoyama Naoki, Bizen Vase

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.40.24 Ono Kotaro, Large Bowl, circa 2005

Works by both Mingei and Sodeisha artists will be featured, from tea ceremony wares to avant-garde sculptural pieces.

Alison Britton, Caged Stork, Jug Form, 1979 Alison Britton, Caged Stork, Jug Form, 1979

Important works by celebrated artist Alison Britton- whose retrospective at the V & A museum is receiving rave reviews- will be sure to excite collectors.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.54.31 Hans Coper, Pot with Disc, 1965

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 09.54.14 Lucie Rie, Early Tall Vase, circa 1947

Maak Contemporary Ceramics' sale will be held from 16th to 19th May, 2016. Search Maak on Barnebys here.