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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<i>Georgia O'Keefe with Juan Working Ghost Ranch Potting Shed</i> by Dan Budnik
Lot # 167 - Georgia O'Keefe with Juan Working Ghost Ranch Potting Shed by Dan Budnik
Dan Budnik (American, b. 1933).  A silver gelatin photograph, signed l.r. margin and numbered 2/30 l.l. and on verso.  Several labels on verso, including an artist's attached label as well as Gerald Peters Gallery; photograph measures 14.5 x 22 in. (sight).
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Miner Library: [FRENCH] French Ceramics 
Lot # 612 - Miner Library: [FRENCH] French Ceramics 
French, includes eleven books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues:

Porcelaine et Faiences Anciennes
The Forsyth Wickes Collection
Michel Calmann collection
two copies of La revue de la ceramique et du verre, May/June 1984 and May/June 2001
Jacqueline du Pasquier, Faience du Sud-Ouest
Jacqueline du Pasquier, Faience de Bordeaux
George Salles, Une Visite a Vallauris, Guide Illustre
Ceramique Francaise Contemporaine
Ceramiques et Verreries 1900.
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Masterworks: Richard Kjaergaard Wave Bowl 
Lot # 33 - Masterworks: Richard Kjaergaard Wave Bowl 
(1919-1999, Denmark)

ca 1994

Stoneware; ht. 4.5 in.

Kjaergaard was head of ceramics at the Applied Arts Academy in Copenhagen from 1955-1984 and amongst his students are Bente Hansen and Jane Reumert whose works follow this lot.

Provenance: From the Dorothy Miner Collection, acquired from Graham Gallery, New York and is illustrated in the accompanying catalog.
Exhibition: Four Danish Potters/Fall '86, Graham Gallery, New York.
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Contemporary Ceramic Platter, Signed
Lot # 280 - Contemporary Ceramic Platter, Signed
American, 1986. A glazed Terra cottaware platter in ivory and blue and signed and dated on back, Charles Ardlett, '86; 19 x 12.25 in.
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Japanese Woodblock Print
Lot # 243 - Japanese Woodblock Print
20th century Japanese woodblock print. Depicts a black bird on a tree branch.  Artist seal l.l and ownership stamp c.r.; 13.5 x 6 in. (sight).
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Miner Library: [CHRISTIE'S] Ceramic Auction Catalogs 
Lot # 604 - Miner Library: [CHRISTIE'S] Ceramic Auction Catalogs 
Lot of nineteen ceramic auction catalogs from Christie's, pertaining to contemporary ceramics, Chinese export porcelain, French porcelain, art nouveau, English and European porcelain and faience, English and continental pottery and porcelain, Dutch delftware, various decorative arts, and other fine Chinese ceramics and works of art.
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Robert Turner (1913-2005; USA), Val Cushing (1931-2013; USA), David Shaner (1934-2002; USA)
Lot # 138 - Robert Turner (1913-2005; USA), Val Cushing (1931-2013; USA), David Shaner (1934-2002; USA)
Three Works
ca 1960-65
Turner bowl;  ht. 4, dia. 12.25 in
Cushing bowl; ht. 4, dia. 8 in.
Shaner plate: ht. 2.25, dia. 12 in.
Each with artist signature on base.
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Kato (Okabe) Mineo (1919-1960; Japan)
Lot # 18 - Kato (Okabe) Mineo (1919-1960; Japan)
Large Basin
ca 1953
Stoneware with Green Oribe Glaze; ht. 4, dia. 12.25 in.
Includes original signed box. 

Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the auction of this item will be donated to the Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, to support the modern/contemporary Japanese ceramics purchase fund. From the Hauge Collection.

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Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988; Italy)
Lot # 97 - Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988; Italy)
Variazioni Plate
20th century
Transfer decorated porcelain; dia. 10.5 in.
Marked Tema E Variazioni, 187, Fornasetti Milano, Made in Italy
This is not a Rosenthal reproduction
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Donald Friedlich (1954, USA)
Lot # 34 - Donald Friedlich (1954, USA)
Interference Series Brooch
ca 1986
Black onyx, 18k gold, sterling back, ht. 1.75, wd. 2 in.

Reference: Cindi Straus (ed.) Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt 2007.
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Wouter Dam (1957; Netherlands)
Lot # 232 - Wouter Dam (1957; Netherlands)
Untitled Yellow
Whiteware; ht. 8, wd. 13, dp. 7 in.
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Florence Knoll Triple Dresser
Lot # 129 - Florence Knoll Triple Dresser
American, 1950's. A Knoll rosewood triple dresser with white laminate top on a steel base. Knoll label inside drawer; ht. 28.75 x wd. 110 x dp. 19.25 in.
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Lucian Octavius Pompili (1942, USA)
Abstract Composition by Clifford Wright
Lot # 365 - Abstract Composition by Clifford Wright
Clifford Wright (American, 1919-1999).  Oil on board, unsigned by signed and inscribed with illegible title on verso; 19 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (sight)
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Bob Rasmussen
Lot # 208 - Bob Rasmussen
Tattoo Cup
Ceramic; ht. 3.5, dia. 3.5 in. 
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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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Betty Woodman (1930, USA)
Lot # 157 - Betty Woodman (1930, USA)
Set of Four Mugs, 1978
Each: ht. 3.5, dia. 4.25 inches
Artist stamp on foot of 3 of 4 mugs
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Miner Library: [ITALIAN] Porcelain 
Lot # 531 - Miner Library: [ITALIAN] Porcelain 
Italian, includes ten books and exhibition catalogues on Italian porcelain:

Treasures for the Table: An exhibition of contemporary table settings, Winter 1983/Summer 1984
Francesco Stazzi, Italian Porcelain
John Scott-Taggart, Italian Maiolica
Maiolica a Venezia
Catalogue of the Italian Majolica in the Walters Art Gallery
Italian Majolica from Midwest Collections
Wendy M. Watson, Italian Renaissance Maiolica
two copies of G. Gaeta Bertela, Della Robbia
John Pope-Hennessy, Luca della Robbia.
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Weller Pottery Group
Lot # 73 - Weller Pottery Group
Group of Seven Weller Pottery vessels; includes Pair of Candlesticks 
Ceramic; tallest vase: ht. 9, dia. 5.5 in.
Patterns include:Manhattan vase, Fleron vase and Cornish vase and bowl
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Bernard Leach (1887-1979; Hong Kong/UK)
Lot # 1 - Bernard Leach (1887-1979; Hong Kong/UK)
Square Bottle ca 1945
Stoneware: ht 7.5, wd 5, dp 3 inches;  artist impressed seal on foot.

This handsome press molded bottle features Leach’s elegant relief drawing. Tenmoku iron glaze “breaks” on the edges producing a rich red-rust wash of color that captures the rhythm and vigor of Japanese calligraphy.
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