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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Fong Chow (1923; USA)
Lot # 170 - Fong Chow (1923; USA)
ca 1969
ht. 4, dia. 5 in.
Artist signature on base.

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Miner Library: [STUDIO CERAMICS] Brother Thomas 
Lot # 588 - Miner Library: [STUDIO CERAMICS] Brother Thomas 
American, includes eleven books and exhibition catalogues on the work of studio ceramicist, Brother Thomas:

Ceramics of Weston Priory
The Porcelain of Brother Thomas
Of Measures Beyond the Perfect
From the Earth: The Ceramic Art of Brother Thomas
Continued Beginning: Tenmoku Master Works by Brother Thomas
Reflections from the Fire: Ceramics of Brother Thomas
Gifts from the Fire II
The Sacred Deed: The Art of Brother Thomas
Brother Thomas: The Beauty of the Seen
Brother Thomas: Continuity and Renewal
Brother Thomas: Creator of Luminaries.
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Weller Green Matte Umbrella Stand
Lot # 282 - Weller Green Matte Umbrella Stand
Ohio, 20th century. A Weller umbrella stand in green matte glaze, unmarked, blue glaze bottom; ht. 21, dia. 10.5 in.
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Flute Player Lithograph by Picasso
Lot # 384 - Flute Player Lithograph by Picasso
Pablo Picasso (Spanish 1881- 1973), Flute Player, 1959, black framed lithograph on ARCHES paper of flute player, dancer and goat with label on back from Neikrug Gallery 224 East 68th Street, New York, signed and dated in plate 17.11.59; 19.5 x 25.75 in (sight)
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Ralph Bacerra (1938-2008, USA)
Lot # 167 - Ralph Bacerra (1938-2008, USA)
Untitled Square Charger with Birds 
Whiteware; 15.75 in. square
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Rick Dillingham (1952-1994; USA)
Lot # 49 - Rick Dillingham (1952-1994; USA)
Untitled Vessel 1974
Raku with plexiglass stand, ht. 8.5, dia. 8 in.; incised signature on base.
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Group of Books on the Arts & Crafts Movement
Lot # 222 - Group of Books on the Arts & Crafts Movement
A group of five books on the Arts & Crafts Movement including The Arts and Crafts Movement edited by Robin Langley Sommer, American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design by Leslie Greene Bowman, Inside the Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Interior by Paul Duchscherer and Douglas Keister, The Arts & Crafts Lifestyle and Design by Wendy Hitchmough and Furniture of the American Arts and Crafts Movement by David M. Cathers.
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John Maltby (1936; England)
Lot # 257 - John Maltby (1936; England)
Untitled Figure
ca 1983
Stoneware; ht. 8 in.
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Anita Fenton <i>Fish Forms</i> Etching
Lot # 358 - Anita Fenton Fish Forms Etching
Anita Fenton (Cincinnati, 1902-1970). A black and white abstract etching, titled and numbered in pencil l.l. Fish Forms 3/10 and signed l.r. Anita Fenton; 18 x 15 in. (with frame). 

Fenton studied with William Hentschel at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She was a member of the Cincinnati Women's Art Club and her work was included in a number of local exhibitions. 
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Howard Kottler (1930-1989; USA)
Lot # 118 - Howard Kottler (1930-1989; USA)
Bar Mitzvah Boy
ca 1969
Porcelain with custom transfer; ht. 1, dia. 10.25 in. 
Artist name on reverse.
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Masterworks: Lucie Rie Yellow Glazed Bowl 
Lot # 27 - Masterworks: Lucie Rie Yellow Glazed Bowl 
(1902-1995, Austria)

ca 1958

Porcelain; ht. 4.5, dia. 8.5 in.

A sturdy bowl that contrasts a sun-filled buttercup yellow against the pristine white of the porcelain that is left unglazed around the foot.
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Bernard Leach  (1887-1979; Hong Kong/Britain)
Lot # 2 - Bernard Leach (1887-1979; Hong Kong/Britain)
Bird in Flight Charger
Glazed stoneware with wax resist decoration
ht. 2, dia. 13 in. 
Artist stamp on base.
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John Gill (1949; USA)
Lot # 187 - John Gill (1949; USA)
Porcelain; ht. 4, dia. 5.5 in.
Artist signature and date on base.
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Miner Library: [KOREA] Korean Ceramics 
Lot # 504 - Miner Library: [KOREA] Korean Ceramics 
Korea, includes nine books and exhibition catalogues:

Goro Akaboshi, Five Centuries of Korean Ceramics: Pottery and Porcelain of the Yi Dynasty
two copies of The Columbia University Exhibition of Ceramics and Bronzes of Korea
Korean Fine Art, Kang Collection
Evelyn McCune, The Arts of Korea - An Illustrated History
two copies of The John R. Fox Collection of Korean Ceramics
Robert Sayers and Ralph Rinzler, The Korean Onggi Potter
Edward Adams, Korea's Pottery Heritage.
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Interior Scene by Miljenko Stancic
Lot # 361 - Interior Scene by Miljenko Stancic
Miljenko Stancic (Polish, 1926-1977).  Oil on canvas, signed l.r.; 25 x 31.5 in. (sight).
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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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Betty Woodman (1930; USA)
Lot # 61 - Betty Woodman (1930; USA)
Pillow Pitcher
ca 1981
Whiteware; ht. 24, wd. 23.5, dp. 15.5 in.
Artist Woodman stamp at base of pulled handle.
Garth Clark Gallery sticker on base.

Highly reminiscent of current work being made today by Woodman, this "Pillow Pitcher" has all the power of the artists handling of the material as well as her superb painting skills.
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Jack Thompson (1946, USA)
Lot # 144 - Jack Thompson (1946, USA)
Three-Headed Female Form c.1983
Modeled and cast ceramic
ht. 7.75, wd. 5, dp. 3 inches
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Chinese Woodblock by Niu Wen
Lot # 263 - Chinese Woodblock by Niu Wen
Niu Wen (Chinese, b. 1922).  Woodblock on paper, signed and dated 1985 l.l., also numbered 17/50; 39.75 x 28 in. (sheet).
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