Single-owner collection of Lorna Bailey art pottery to be sold at auction

Single-owner collection of Lorna Bailey art pottery to be sold at auction

Pictures, Ceramics, Collectables and Modern Design Auction | 26th June

Halls’ Auctioneers Ceramics sale on the 26th of June includes a large single-owner collection by much-favoured contemporary ceramicist Lorna Bailey. This substantial collection of over 250 individual pieces was lovingly collected over many years by a Shropshire couple and will now be sold as 40 different lots estimated between £40-£150 each.



Stoke-on-Trent potter Bailey’s colour palette is often compared to that of Clarice Cliff's, who similarly favoured bold and vibrant designs. After studying Ceramics at Stoke-on-Trent College (formerly Burslem School of Art), Bailey subsequently joined her father’s business, LBJ Ceramics, where she quickly carved out a niche market for her distinctive series of designs.


At the heart of this collection are Bailey's whimsical cat models, brimming with playful charm. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a newcomer, you'll find treasures ranging from limited editions with certificates to larger group lots, perfect for starting or expanding your collection. Elsewhere, the sale includes some ‘grotesque’ models of birds – a contemporary and much brighter play on the earlier concepts introduced by the likes of late nineteenth-century English ceramicists such as the Martin Brothers. These colourful pieces are infused with distinctive and vibrant colour palettes reminiscent of the fashions seen in the Art Deco period of the 1920s and early 1930s.


Lorna Bailey Ceramics Halls Fine Art

The scope of variety of her work also means that there is much to see and collect for those with whom her work finds favour – be it an angular sculptural jug, an amusing feline companion or a characterful bird model. To add to the delight, many of the animal models are named, which only serves to add to the sense of personality imbued in them.


Lorna Bailey Halls Fine Art Ceramics


Lorna Bailey retired from the ceramics industry in 2005, leaving behind a dedicated Collector’s Club and a fanbase well beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. Prices for her works have increased in value since then, defying market trends observed in other sectors of the industry. A further advantage is that nearly all of the models are in pristine condition, having been lovingly displayed at the vendor’s family home in dedicated display cabinets.


Don't miss your chance to own a piece of ceramic history. Contact Caroline Dennard at 01743 450 700 or email to learn more about this captivating collection or to discuss consignment opportunities for our upcoming specialist ceramics auctions.

Join us on 26th June and let the bidding begin. Your next prized possession awaits!”




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