Modern Ceramics

Cowan's has partnered with Garth Clark and Mark DelVecchio, internationally renowned dealers, authors, and scholars, to present semi-annual Modern Ceramics Auctions. These are the first regular auctions in the United States focused solely on modern and contemporary ceramics.

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Garth Clark
Garth Clark is the author of over 50 books and 250 essays on 20th century and contemporary ceramics. He has received numerous honors for his work including being made a Fellow the Royal College of Art, London and honorary doctorates from Staffordshire University in Britain and the Kansas City Art Institute among others. In 2005 he was the recipient of the College Art Association's Mather Award for distinguished art journalism. In 1981, together with Mark Del Vecchio he founded the Garth Clark Gallery in Los Angeles and then New York, and Kansas City. In 2007 the gallery was closed and a new entity Clark+DelVecchio, private dealers, was formed in Santa Fe, NM.

Mark DelVecchio
Mark DelVecchio is the author of the highly-acclaimed "Post Modern Ceramics". He has received the Visionaries award from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, a lifetime achievement award from the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics and an honorary doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has directed the Garth Clark Gallery since 1981 overseeing the presentation of more than six hundred exhibitions during the life of the gallery.  Together with Dawn Bennett and Garth Clark he organized the massive Ceramic Millennium Conference in Amsterdam in 1999 that attracted 56 national delegations and 3,500 attendees. He is now director of Clark+DelVecchio in Santa Fe, NM.


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Mary Rich (1940; England)
Lot # 219 - Mary Rich (1940; England)
Collection of Six Bottles
ca 1985
Porcelain; ht. 2.5 to 9.5 in.
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Karen Karnes (1925, USA)
Lot # 62 - Karen Karnes (1925, USA)
Covered Jar c.1977
Salt fired stoneware
ht. 3.5, dia.4 inches 
Artist stamp on foot

An excellent rendition of Karnes' classic lidded vessel with salt-glaze.
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Warren MacKenzie (1924, USA)
Lot # 162 - Warren MacKenzie (1924, USA)
Teapot with Bamboo Handle 
Stoneware, ht. 4.75, wd. 8, dp., ht. with handle 8.75 in.

Shown: Warren MacKenzie, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, 1981. 
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Henri Hecht Maik (French, 1922-1993)
Lot # 183 - Henri Hecht Maik (French, 1922-1993)
Rabbit and Moose
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1971 l.r.
Wally Findlay Gallery tag and label on verso
housed in a wooden frame with linen mat
5.25 x 6.75 in. (sight)
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Autographed Copy of <i>Lichtenstein, 1970-1980</i>, by Jack Cowart
Lot # 382 - Autographed Copy of Lichtenstein, 1970-1980, by Jack Cowart
Cowart, Jack. Roy Lichtenstein 1970 - 1980. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1981. With 67 colorplates, including five gatefolds, and 100 black and white illustrations. Signed by Lichtenstein on the dedication page.

This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Roy Lichtenstein 1970-1980", organized by Jack Cowart for the Saint Louis Art Museum.
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Art Deco Corner Wall Sconces
Lot # 230 - Art Deco Corner Wall Sconces
Five art deco wall sconces having crimped metal conical frames with three glass panels; ht. 15.25 in.
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Michael Lucero (1953; USA)
Lot # 61 - Michael Lucero (1953; USA)
Pre-Colombus Female
Earthenware, ht. 16.5, wd. 7.5, dp. 6 in.
Signed Made by Michael Lucero N.Y.C. at rear. Dated in bar-code on verso.

The Pre-Columbus figures have a special place in Lucero’s oeuvre bringing out the full range of his palette and sculptural inventiveness. The imagery is a collision of Pre-Columbus and contemporary images making it an important part of the American post-modern movement. This piece is a highly significant part of American ceramic history.

Reference: Michael Lucero Sculpture 1976-1995, organized by the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC and  traveled to various venues between 1996 and 1998.  Barbara J Bloemink and Mark Richard Leach (with essay by Lucy R. Lippard)  Michael Lucero Sculpture 1976-1995, New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996.
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Early Pilchuk Bowl, by Dale Chihuly
Lot # 260 - Early Pilchuk Bowl, by Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941). An early glass bowl having an opalescent blue rim with a cream interior and swirling brown bands and accents. Signed Chihuly Pilchuck 1979; 6 in. height, 10 1/2 in. diameter

Consignor's immediate family members, Bernice and David Phillips, were close friends with Dale Chihuly from an early age. During frequent trips to Tacoma to visit their family, the consignors developed a friendship with Chihuly and his mother.
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Alan Caiger-Smith (1930; Argentina)
Lot # 256 - Alan Caiger-Smith (1930; Argentina)
Pitcher and Bowl
ca 1984
Earthenware; ht. 10.75 in.
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Jungle Garden Lithograph, by Fleur Cowles
Lot # 372 - Jungle Garden Lithograph, by Fleur Cowles
Fleur Cowles (American, 1908-2009). Colored lithograph titled Jungle Garden, depicting tigers and different colored plants. Numbered 64/100 l.l. margin, titled lower center margin, and signed and dated '77 l.r.; 23 x 31.5 in. (sight)
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Paul Ninas (1903-1964; USA)
Lot # 8 - Paul Ninas (1903-1964; USA)
Abstract Plate ca 1955
Glazed whiteware: dia. 13 in.; signed on reverse.

Known for his paintings and murals in and around New Orleans, Paul Ninas also produced early modernist style ceramics having studied at the Royal Academy in Vienna and the Beaux Arts Academy in Paris in the 1920's.  Isadora Duncan selected him for his first solo exhibition. In 1932 he became Director of the School of the Arts and Crafts Club, New Orleans.

Reference: Laufe, Marilyn. Modernism in the South. Augusta, GA: Morris Museum, 2002.
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Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011, USA)
Lot # 222 - Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011, USA)
Brown and White Bowl
ca 1970
Stoneware; dia. 8 in.
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Rick Dillingham (1952-1994, USA)
Abstract Lithograph, by Paul Jenkins
Lot # 376 - Abstract Lithograph, by Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012). An untitled abstract colored lithograph. Signed l.r.; 20.5 x 26 in. (sight)
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Irv Tepper (1947, USA)
Lot # 143 - Irv Tepper (1947, USA)
Untitled c.1969
ht. 13.5, dia. 10 inches
Artist signature underglaze at foot
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Large Loetz Candia Papillon Vase
Lot # 132 - Large Loetz Candia Papillon Vase
Austrian, early 20th century. A large Loetz candia papillon vase, having a tall tapered form; ht. 12.75 in.
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Rookwood Elephant Bowl
Lot # 270 - Rookwood Elephant Bowl
American (Cincinnati), 1929. A Rookwood figural elephant bowl in an aquamarine glaze, with three elephants acting as a base for a large dish. With Rookwood logo, 1929 date and shape 6062; ht. 5.5 in., dia. 11 in.
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Richard Batterham (1936; Britain)
Lot # 43 - Richard Batterham (1936; Britain)
Large Tea Caddy 
ca 2001-06
Glazed stoneware; ht. 11, dia. 9.25 in.
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Cardinal Serigraphs by Charley Harper
Lot # 238 - Cardinal Serigraphs by Charley Harper
Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007). Two serigraphs depicting cardinals. Includes Red and Fed, pencil signed l.r., numbered 108/500 l.l.; 13 x 18.5 in. Also includes The Last Sunflower Seed, pencil signed l.r., numbered 141/500 l.l.; 13 x 18.5 in.
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Various Artists
Lot # 239 - Various Artists
Six Stoneware Vessels
1) signed "KER/W-1, dia. 3 in.;
2) signed "NVY '74" dia. 3.5 in.;
3) signed "Gordon 71" dia. 10 in.; 
4) unsigned dia. 4 in.; 
5) unsigned possibly Warren MacKenzie, ht. 3.5 in.;
6) Michael Boyer (USA) 1971 dia. 7 in.
All Stoneware.
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