John Castle-Harris was born on 13 May 1893 at North Waratah, New South Wales. Harris made punched and embossed leather table-cloths, often incorporating Australian floral motifs, until he was taught pottery in Melbourne by Una Deerbon (1882-1972) in the 1930s. He is thought to have worked in the early 1930s at the Premier Pottery at Preston, Melbourne, where some Remued ware is modelled in his style. Later he returned to Lawson in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, where he established his studio. Named John, Castle Harris was known, and signed himself, as Jack as well as hyphenating his second and surnames. Pots are signed Castle Harris without a hyphen.
In our database, 11 works by Jack Castle-Harris are listed as being offered for sale, the earliest in 1984, of which 11 (100%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $2,640 for Vase, with Green and Blue Glaze Applied with Dragon sold by Christies in July 1990. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2020. Works by Jack Castle-Harris are held by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and a further two major public national galleries (see list below).
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
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