A Devon based Troika collector has released a part of his Cornish pottery collection including some early pieces. Our auctioneer Paul Clark was very pleased to receive such a submission & explained "Troika hit a lull a few years back but we have always bucked that apparent downward trend" adding "However the current trend for retro stylised furnishings & art has revived interest in this fantastic pottery & recent prices we have achieved confirm this - it is great that they are to be sold in back home in Cornwall".
Troika pottery was originally started in 1962 by Leslie Illsley, Jan Thompson and Benny Sirota who had taken over another pottery at Wheal Dream in St. Ives. The ethos behind Troika was to develop pottery for art & the trio rapidly achieved success, especially with the tourist trade. Such was the popularity of Troika it had won contracts with the likes of Libertys of London.
Many of the pieces submitted are quite early & the most desirable may well be a rare Troika, St. Ives gingerbread man chimney vase which has a guide of £300-400. These items will form part of the sale which will be held on Monday 21st August from 11am. Live internet bidding will be available via thesaleroom.com & similar entries are more than welcome.