A Hans Coper stoneware pot from c.1975 – $260,000 (£196,970) at Phillips New York.

Image: Phillips.

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So it was perhaps not such a surprise to see another Coper work dramatically outstripping a $25,000-35,000 estimate in Phillips’ (26/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) New York rooms as part of its Design sale on December 7.

The work in question was a high stoneware pot set on a cylindrical foot from c.1975 which ended up selling for $260,000 (£196,970).

The 6¼in (16cm) piece, with layered white porcelain slips and engobes over a textured and linear incised body and a manganese glazed interior, was impressed with the artist’s seal to the underside.

It came from a private collection in Charleston, South Carolina, having been acquired from a Contemporary Ceramics auction at Bonhams in London in 1990.

The pot achieved the second-highest price of the 98-lot auction, which was led at $320,000 (£242,425) by a 5ft 1¾in (1.57m) patinated bronze Figure floor lamp by Alberto Giacometti (1906-66), a later cast of a 1933 design, which had a provenance to a New York private collection.