Watch | Dame Magdalene Odundo

Watch | Dame Magdalene Odundo

The Body: A Vessel | Sold for £225,200

Join Head of Sale Philip Smith as he discusses the enchanting work of Dame Magdalene Odundo, looking at the two superb examples featured in our recent MODERN MADE sale.


“I think very much of the body itself as being a vessel; it contains us as people”

- Magdalene Odundo 


We were delighted to present two works by Dame Magdalene Odundo, considered to be one the leading ceramicists working today, in our 28 October MODERN MADE auction. Odundo produces understated anthropomorphic ceramic vessels whose beauty emanates from their shimmering surfaces and voluptuous forms.

Born in 1950 in Kenya, she initially trained as a graphic artist, but it was not until she moved to the United Kingdom in 1971, that she established an interest in sculpture, global crafts and ancient Greek stoneware after enrolling at the Cambridge Art School. During the 1970s she travelled to the Pottery Training Centre in Abuja, Nigeria, where she made earthenware forms inspired by the full bodied shapes of the pottery at Abuja, and her approaches grew from this formative period returning to Africa learning about the local ceramic practices. She went on to study ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts (1973), before enrolling at the Royal College of Art in 1982.

Odundo was made Chancellor of the Univeristy for Creative Art in 2019 and a Dame in the Queen’s New Years Honors List in 2020. Her work is internationally revered and held in the collections of leading international museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian Institute, Washington D. C.; The British Museum, London and the Victorian and Albert Museum, London.


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Auction Information


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

Friday 28 October 2022

Live Online | Mall Galleries, London


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Lyon & Turnbull are a leading auction house in Modern, Post War and Contemporary Design, holding specialist live and online Design auctions in London and Edinburgh that are known for their international reach and strong results.

Our sales cover all the major movements from Pre-War French and British Modernism and Art Deco, to works from the Mid-Century and Post-War, including Italian and Nordic Design, European and American Modernism, Studio Craft through to Contemporary Design, Glass and Studio & Contemporary Ceramics 


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