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Exploring the Vessel (September 19-23) features a selection of works by contemporary ceramicist Ashley Howard and modern British painter William Scott (1913-89).

It has been organised by husband-and-wife team James and Jessica Rawlin, 20th century art specialists formerly of Sotheby’s and London gallery Browse & Darby respectively, who left London several years ago to work as art dealers and advisers in Suffolk.

An exhibition such as this, James says, helps “fly the flag and let everyone know what you’re up to”.

London return

The Rawlins are returning to London for the show and, fittingly given the idea of ‘the vessel’, with its domestic associations, the show will be staged in a Holland Park home.

The house is in Holland Park and includes a purpose-built gallery space which James describes as a sort of “halfway house” between a home and a gallery with high ceilings and proper lighting.

The idea for the show started after the two started representing Howard around a year ago but grew in scope when they decided to put his works in the context of painting.

They worked with Scott’s family to compile a selection of works by the artist, including three drawings and three paintings which have never been seen before.

As well as the idea of the vessel, James adds, “one thematic link that has come out quite strongly is the way that colour is used in both sets of works. There is some incredible colour in Scott’s works from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s that you wouldn’t associate with him normally.”

Most of the works on show will be available to purchase. Prices range from the low to high hundreds for Howard’s works. Scott’s are available for £50,000-495,000.

The Rawlins primarily work with collectors locating and placing artworks but come back to London regularly.

However, James adds, it is the kind of work that would have been impossible 10 or 15 years ago. Now, “technology makes it possible for us to stay in touch with clients and keep track of sales” but they still have the luxury of spending time with clients.