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)