Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The largest comprised of 55 individually painted tiles in multi hue abstract radial designs, presented in a wooden frame (frame dimensions 25 1/4 x 13 in.); the second a framed grouping of two larger framed tiles in matching radial design (15 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.); the third a framed single tile within a gilt frame (9 3/8 x 9 3/8 in.). All unsigned.
Alan Caiger-Smith is a ceramicist, painter, and published scholar, best known for his tin-glazed lusterware, hand-decorated with distinctive calligraphic brushwork inspired by 13th century Nasrid lusterware, 17th century Dutch and English tin glazed pottery, and pottery of the Triana district of Seville.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Caiger-Smith attended the Camberwell School of Art in 1947, and two years later enrolled at King’s College, Cambridge. In 1954 he began his formal training as a potter under Dora Billington at the Central School of Art and Design. He would go onto to build and found Aldermaston Pottery located in the Berkshire village of Aldermaston, England. Caiger-Smith was Chairman of the British Crafts Centre (1974-78) and was awarded an MBE in 1988.
The Reading Museum has an extensive collection of Aldermaston pottery displayed in its Atrium gallery. The pottery can also be seen on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and in many other collections.
Largest with scattered crazing to tiles; two smaller works with a few small edge flakes to tiles. Not examined out of the frame.