Studio Ceramics Specialist Jason Wood, who is curating the sale, commented: "It is one of the best collections to come to market for many years and is going to create a lot of excitement among experts, collectors and enthusiasts for studio ceramics and modern and contemporary craft and design."

Austrian-born British studio potter Dame Lucie Rie set up her first studio in Vienna in 1925. In 1938, she settled in London after fleeing the Nazis. In London, she set up a studio near Hyde Park, which she worked in for 50 years. Most recently, Rie's work was included in Sotheby's Made in Britain sale, which took place on 30th September of this year.

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.50.21 Damie Lucie Rie, Footed Bowl
Estimate: £6 000 — 8 000
Sold: £23 750
Image via Sotheby's

Adam Partidge's Studio Ceramics, Modern & Contemporary Design: The Alan & Pat Firth Collection includes fine examples of Rie's work. With estimates in excess of £10 000, the sale is sure to bring the same results for Rie as was seen as Sotheby's.

original-6 Dame Lucie Rie, tall stoneware bottle, undulating flared rim, cream glaze over clay body with an integrated manganese spiral, impressed LR mark, made c. 1976

original-5 Dame Lucie Rie, a porcelain vase, straight sided with slender neck and flared rim, bronze glaze with sgraffito lines to underside of rim, sgraffito through blue slip to neck and rim bordered by inlaid mauve rings

In the same sale at Sotheby's, a Hans Coper's large spade form sold for £36 250 against a £18 000-25 000 estimate. With an estimate of £30 000 at Adam Partridge, this example of the large spade could well beat this hammer price. German-born British studio potter Hans Coper began his career in ceramics in 1946 as an assistant in the studio of Dame Lucie Rie.

original-7 Hans Coper, a large stoneware 'winged' spade form, white slip over textured manganese ground to exterior, brown manganese interior, impressed HC mark, made c. 1974

The examples of Leach Pottery in Sotheby's sale last month exceeded the top end of the presale estimates. Leach Pottery was founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in St Ives, Cornwall. What made Leach studio works so unique is that, until the 1970s, a traditional Japanese Noborigama was used to make them, the first Japanese climbing kiln to be used in the west.

original-10 Janet Leach, for Leach Pottery; a large stoneware 'Bizen' style oval vase, running green ash glaze on a dark body, impressed JL and St Ives marks

original-9 Bernard Leach, for Leach Pottery; a porcelain flared dish with brush decoration and flying bird motif to the well, impressed BL and St Ives marks

original-8 Bernard Leach, or Leach Pottery; a stoneware vase of squat form with flared rim, impressed early BL and St Ives marks and painted glaze code to base

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The sale will take place at Adam Partridge Auctioneers' Cheshire Saleroom in Macclesfield on Friday 16th October 2015.