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Bernard Leach

'Pilgrim and Mountain' dish, stoneware with the pilgrim image and simple mountain form above, pale under-glaze showing against the darker ground glaze, brushed pale overglaze, unglazed rim. Brushed 'BL' monogram to reverse and impressed St Ives mark to reverse. Diameter 382. Provenance: The Dr Denis & Joy Hanna collection. Ex. Len Castle collection, sold by Len to Maree of Maree's Bazaar, Upper Queen St. where it was purchased by Denis Hanna for £8, see note attached. Exhibited: Waikato Art Museum Exhibition 'Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach, The Two Friends' June 1980, illustrated in the catalogue # 106. Note: Leach is noted as the founding father of the British Studio ceramic movement. He was inspired by both traditional English slipware and the arts of the East. Hong Kong born, he spent a great deal of time in Japan and is noted as a champion for bridging the gap between 'Crafts' and 'Art' in Britain. The 'Pilgrim' image was developed throughout Leach's career, forming a small and important body of work that marks the marriage between Eastern and Western ideas and culture. This important motif also represented a self-portrait of the artist.

Realised: $3,500