Crafts Council losses in Momart fire

The Momart fire, responsible for destroying parts of the Saatchi collection in London last Monday, has also claimed more than 20 pieces of design from the Craft Council’s Collection, it has emerged.

Lost works from among the council’s collection include important furniture, ceramics and jewellery designs such as the Miss Ramirez Chair by El Ultimo Grito and Shin & Tomoko Azumi’s Reversible Bench.

‘This is a significant loss for all the craftspeople involved and for the British public,’ says Crafts Council director Louise Taylor. ‘The Crafts Council Collection comprises over 1300 key pieces of immense importance that have been collected over the past three decades. They are in most cases one-off pieces, which cannot be replaced. The losses will leave a gap in the history of craft.’

The full extent of the losses is not yet known, but The Crafts Council says it has contacted all the artists known to have been affected. It can be contacted on 020 7806 2526.

The lost work

Four Tables (furniture) Michael Anastassiades

Reversible Bench (furniture) Shin & Tomoko Azumi

Jug & Bowl set (ceramic) Alison Britton

Blue & White Jug (ceramic) Alison Britton

Portrait Head ‘Tom’ (ceramic) Jill Crowley

Miss Ramirez Chair (furniture) El Ultimo Grito

Body Cage (jewellery) Julia Manheim

Shroud (ceramic) Sara Radstone

Union (ceramic) Nicholas Rena

1-11 floor pad (textiles) Ann Sutton

Rectangular Hamper (basketry) Lois Walpole

Clay Moulded bowl (glass) Christopher Williams

Chair (furniture) Rupert Williamson

Winchcombe Pottery (makers unknown)

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