Bonhams auction of Maureen Minchin bowl will raise funds for WLT SEARCH NEWS

Figural ceramic bowl.

UK potter Maureen Minchin has generously donated a figural bowl to raise funds to support the conservation work of World Land Trust (WLT) in the grasslands of Bolivia’s Beni savanna.

The piece will be auctioned at Bonhams auction house in Knightsbridge on 1 October 2014, with a guide price of £1,200-1,500. The bowl is decorated with images of Beni’s iconic species such as Blue-throated Macaw, Giant Anteater and Jaguar.

A long-time supporter of World Land Trust, Maureen has been working on a collection of ceramics with a Bolivian theme during 2014. Three other works illustrated with Beni species – a jug, a framed tile panel and a jar – will be on sale at the same auction.

She said: “I am trying to understand a little of the dynamics of various environments and World Land Trust provides a rich source of inspiration. I hope that the occasional sale of a pot helps further the work of the Trust.”

Barba Azul Nature Reserve

Since 2008 WLT has been supporting conservation in Bolivia in partnership with Asociación Armonía. The conservation NGO owns and manages Barba Azul Nature Reserve, the world’s first protected area for the Blue-throated Macaw, a critically endangered species endemic to northern Bolivia with a population estimated at just 350 birds.

Bennett Hennessey is Executive Director of Armonía. He said: “Maureen’s ceramics have captured the essence of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve where, with the help of World Land Trust and its supporters, we are working to conserve and protect the wide variety of threatened birds and mammals that she so eloquently depicts. I am particularly appreciative that the proceeds of the sale of the bowl will be donated in full to World Land Trust to support the work of Asociación Armonia in Beni.”

Since the beginning of 2013, WLT has been raising funds to help extend Barba Azul Nature Reserve through WLT’s Buy an Acre appeal. At the end of 2013, Buy an Acre donations part funded a land purchase that more than doubled the size of Barba Azul.

Earlier this year another work donated by Maureen Minchin was sold through WLT art gallery and raised £450 for conservation in Bolivia.


The auction, Decorative Arts from 1860, will start at 11am on Wednesday 1 October 2014.

Details of the donated work: Lot 170, a Figural Bowl, 2014, with broad everted rim, painted with Giant Anteater, Jaguar, Marsh Deer, Greater Rhea, Hornbill, Cattle Egret, Blue Throated Macaw, Toco Toucan, Black Masked Finch and other animal and bird studies, 42cm diameter, artist monogram dated July 2014.

Other works from Maureen’s Bolivian collection on sale at the auction: Lot 167, figural jug; Lot 168, framed tile panel; Lot 169 large anteater mounted figural jar and cover.

Bolivia’s Beni savanna from the air

View of Beni savanna. © Asociación Armonía.

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