Studio Pottery and Ceramic Auction Valuations

Studio & Contemporary Ceramics Auctions

Sell your studio pottery or contemporary ceramics at auction with Lyon & Turnbull.


Studio & Contemporary Ceramics Specialists

Studio & Contemporary Ceramics is one of the most exciting fields in the current auction market, with record prices and an overflow of innovative young artists in this sector. Our regular specialist studio pottery and contemporary ceramics auctions, both in London and online, offer many fine examples of one-of-a-kind works from Akiko Hirai, Dame Lucie Rie, Dame Magdalene Odundo, Sir Grayson Perry, Emmanuel Cooper and many more. Our specialists will guide you through the auction process, whether you looking to buy or sell studio ceramics at auction.


Specialist Studio Pottery Auctions

Lyon & Turnbull hold two specialist studio pottery and contemporary ceramics auctions every year at the Mall Galleries in London and online. Each sale features an extensive range of ceramic artists and work, including Bernard Leach and the Anglo-Oriental Movement, Hans Coper and the Modernist Movement and work by leading international contemporary ceramic artists such as Jennifer Lee, Grainne Watts and Edmund De Waal.

Recent auction highlights include a burnished and carbonised terracotta bowl by Dame Magdalene Odundo which sold for £31,450*, several works by Dame Lucie Rie including a pink glaze footed bowl which sold for £57,500* and a jade green footed bowl for £50,000* and Jennifer Lee’s ‘Papoose Vessel, 1982’ for £15,000*.

*All prices are inclusive of buyers' premium. 


Passionate Auction Specialists

Our studio and contemporary ceramics specialist, Philip Smith, is recognised as one of the leading auction experts in the UK. Philip’s experience, knowledge and passion for this area, together with a vast network of contacts and strong links to leading authorities, makers and museums, ensure examples of some of the world's finest studio pottery and contemporary ceramics are regularly brought to auction. 

Philip is a valued contributor to a number of specialist publications including Ceramic Review, and has previously lectured on the changing nature of Studio Ceramics reception in the art world at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He is supported by a wider team of ceramics auction experts, including Joy McCall and Matthew Yeats.



 Latest Auctions

MODERN MADE: Modern & Post-War Art, Design & Studio Ceramics

MODERN MADE: Modern & Post-War Art, Design & Studio Ceramics

28th Apr, 2023 10:00
Live at The Mall Galleries, London & Online



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Buying Studio Ceramics at Auction


Bid Online or In-Person

Lyon & Turnbull auctions can be accessed both online or in person depending on your preference. Should you wish to bid online, simply register for a Lyon & Turnbull account, set a reminder and get ready to bid on your favourite pieces. You can request a thorough condition report or discuss any item with our specialist team via email or telephone. Alternatively, if you prefer the excitement of the saleroom, our central London location the Mall Galleries allows the opportunity to view the curated collection of ceramics, modern art and design and more, ahead of bidding. 


MODERN MADE: Our Flagship London Auction

MODERN MADE, our twice-yearly London sale, offers the very best in Modern & Post-War Art, Design and Studio Ceramics. A dynamic combination of multiple disciplines, the sale features studio ceramics, paintings, design and more, showcasing the work of some of the finest artists in the world; from Dame Lucie Rie to Andy Warhol. Taking place in April and August, as part of Lyon & Turnbull's Design Season, buyers can bid online or in person at our central London location, the Mall Galleries.







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Sell Your Studio Ceramics at Auction

Enjoy a complimentary auction valuation and find out how much you could sell your studio pottery and contemporary ceramics for at auction. Whatever the reason is for you to sell, whether you are looking to alter your collection, or have recently inherited a family heirloom, our expert auction specialists are on hand to help you every step of the way. Gain access to an international network of buyers and receive premium prices for your in-demand contemporary ceramics. Start your auction valuation by following our simple three-step process below.


Sell Studio Pottery at Lyon & Turnbull | Submit Your Valuation

Request an Estimate

Fill in the estimate form below with photographs and as much information as possible, and we will match you with a relevant specialist.

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Receive a Valuation

A department specialist will be in touch within a few days to offer an auction valuation and further information on how to easily consign at auction.

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Consign at Auction

Your item will be expertly catalogued and marketed to our extensive database, all designed to help you receive the best price at auction.

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You can arrange a consignment appointment at at a location near you or by telephoning us on on +44 131 557 8844. We would be delighted to meet with you to discuss any consignment opportunity in person. 

We are pleased to offer a complimentary auction valuation service. In some cases, where the item does not meet Lyon & Turnbull's selling criteria, we will not be able to advise on the provenance or potential price the piece may sell for elsewhere. 

If you are happy with your auction estimate, our specialists will advise on a suitable auction date and next steps. Once a consignment document has been completed, we will arrange the shipping or drop off of any items, catalogue the pieces and prepare to market them across our extensive network. 

Once you have received your auction estimate, your specialist will agree the terms of sale. This is typically a percentage of the hammer price of your consigned item when it sells at auction. 

No, there is no obligation to sell with us once you receive your auction estimate.

Prior to auction, our specialist team will be in touch to advise you of the confirmed date of sale, reconfirm the estimate and reserve prices and lot number of your item. 

Around three weeks prior, the auction will go online which can be found on our Forthcoming Auctions page. On sale day, you can view the auction in our relevant saleroom or watch online via our website. 

Any settlement will be arranged typically 28 days post sale by BACS (if requested) or cheque. 

Should your item not sell, your specialist will be in touch to discuss all options available.



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Talk to Our Studio Ceramics Specialists

Philip Smith | Lyon & Turnbull


Head of Department | London



Joy McCall | Lyon & Turnbull


Senior Specialist | London


Matthew Yeats | Lyon & Turnbull


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