Leach Pottery Bowl St. Ives Attrib. Bernard Leach 1950s
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|A Fine Large Leach Pottery Stoneware Bowl Attributed to Bernard Leach. 1950/60s. Diam. 10 3/4 ins (27.3 cms) Ht. 4 3/4 ins. (12.1 cms) It is common to see unsigned Leach Pottery pots offered as being by BL without any pretence to accuracy. However, the present example is very similar to group of large bowls thrown by David Leach in the 1950s and decorated by his father on the interior. This bowl is slightly smaller than most of the group which are usually around 12 ins. diameter and is unusual in that the interior is plain and the exterior decorated with repeat designs of shoots growing from the ground, executed in underglaze iron and pale blue, as with the larger bowls. The shape is almost identical to various bowls in public collections e.g. Glasgow Museum. The asymmetry of the design and the skill of execution can leave very little doubt that it was decorated, if not thrown, by Bernard Leach. The larger bowls thrown by David Leach usually have the St. Ives impressed seal mark and BL's brushed initials, but it is not at all unknown for BL to forget to sign the piece. We have one of the large interior painted bowls which is indisputably decorated by BL but does not have his signature. For many creative artists the signing of a piece is the least important aspect of their creation! Many artists of many types could justifiably say the the piece is signed all over. The decorating of the interior of bowls is slightly perverse as they are clearly functional pieces but the design would be obscured in use. In this sense the present example is a more sensible pot! There is a tiny chip to the edge of the lip (see second photo below about 1 1/2 ins from the left side of the brown rim) and an almost imperceptible hair crack (see last photo below) which runs down from the lip for about 3 1/2 ins. The hair crack may well be a stress crack as there is no associated damage. Otherwise the bowl is very good condition with no repairs or other damage. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE ALL PHOTOS.|