Featuring top names, exceptional design and exquisite pieces, Maak is the UK’s leading auction house dedicated to ceramic art of the 20th and 21st centuries – and now they are presenting their 2019 Spring Sale, an auction with over 200 lots on offer. The pieces will be available to view from 29 April at Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall before they go under the hammer on 2 May, and will include a single collection of works gathered by the artist and gallerist George Kyriacou.

Alongside the sale, Maak is also presenting a survey exhibition entitled Dialogues in Clay which exemplifies the unique approach that informed Kyriacou’s collecting.

Maak is a name that continues to champion the connoisseurship and collecting of top quality modern and contemporary studio pottery, which is exemplified in their 2019 Spring Sale.

The highlights are boundless, with pieces by 20th-century masters Bernand Leach and Shoji Hamada, renowned buttons by Lucie Rie, vessels by Hans Coper, a collared and geometric piece by Elizabeth Fritsch, an asymmetrical vessel by 2018 Loewe Crafts Prize winner Jennifer Lee, and pieces by John Ward, not to mention those by Edmund de Waal.

The single collection works within the auction gathered by artist and gallertist George Kyriacou focus on a fascination of the dialogue between contemporary ceramicists, ancient oriental ceramics and classical antiquities.

Kyriacou is a Greek Cypriot sculptor and collector who lives between London and Cyprus. Having returned to Cyprus following a scholarship at Chelsea School of Art in 1961-64, Kyriacou returned to London in 1976 following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Together with his wife Ritsa he opened Gallery K in Hampstead in 1990; the gallery blossomed and hosted mainly contemporary Greek art but also solo presentations of potters such as Gabriele Koch.

Maak is including approximately 50 key pieces from Kyriacou’s collection, including those by Janet Leach, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Lucie Rie and Ian Godfrey, as well as some important examples by Gabriele Koch.

To portray Kyriacou’s approach to the formation of his collection over the last forty years, Maak’s exhibition Dialogues in Clay brings works from the sale into context with resonating examples of ancient and oriental artworks.

Kyriacou’s passion for ceramics stemmed from a belief that “pottery is the mother of all the visual arts and relates most closely the culturalisation of humanity”. As a collector and maker, Kyriacou was drawn to the dialogue between 20th-century ceramicists and their ancient forebears, and this communication, between artists throughout the ages, has underpinned his collecting across time periods.

When Kyriacou started collecting in the 1970s, the collecting fashion at the time was for flamboyant and decorative oriental art, however Kyriacou was drawn to the 13th- and 14th-century Eastern ceramics that, in their restraint and purity of form, reflected the power of their material.

As well as oriental and studio ceramics George has also collected antiquities – always with his studio ceramics collection in mind – enjoying the cross reference between the different eras of creativity. Dialogues in Clay also includes a number of his own pairings.

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