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 and Mark Del Vecchio, Directors

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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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Edwin and Mary Scheier (1910-2008, USA; 1908-2007)
Lot # 28 - Edwin and Mary Scheier (1910-2008, USA; 1908-2007)
Green Bowl with Figures
ca 1969
Stoneware; ht. 5.5, dia. 7 in.
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Adrian Saxe (1943; USA)
Lot # 91 - Adrian Saxe (1943; USA)
Untitled Mystery Ewer (Marie-Madeira)
ca 1999
Porcelain; ht. 11.25, wd. 6 in.  
Artist stamp and signature on base.

In a 1993 review of Saxe's work, art critic Christopher Knight wrote: “With outrageous humor and unspeakable beauty, he makes intensely seductive objects that exploit traditional anthropomorphic qualities associated with ceramics. Having pressed the question of the utility of his own art in a post-industrial world, his work engages us in a dialog about our own place in a radically shifting cultural universe. The result is that Saxe has become the most significant ceramic artist of his generation.”

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<i>Warm Music</i> by Thomas Watkins
Lot # 367 - Warm Music by Thomas Watkins
Thomas Watkins (American, Northern Kentucky, b. 1943), 1998. An oil on canvas depiction of a sun floating above a group of geometric motifs and abstracted instruments, all against an orange background, signed T.W. l.r. and inscribed "Warm Music" by N.KY Painter Thomas Watkins b. 1943 / 1998 on verso; 30 x 24 in.
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Potters' Market: Various Unknown Artists: Eight Bowls 
Lot # 306 - Potters' Market: Various Unknown Artists: Eight Bowls 
A group of eight studio ceramic bowls by various unknown artists, largest ht. 4, wd. 5.25 in.

From the Collection of Dorothy Miner.
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George Walker (2957; Austria)
Lot # 279 - George Walker (2957; Austria)
Figure with Marionette
ca 1983
Whiteware; ht. 9.5, wd. 10.5, dp. 7.5 in.
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Bohemian Art Glass Pitcher
Lot # 153 - Bohemian Art Glass Pitcher
Bohemian, early 20th century. A green iridescent art glass pitcher having an applied free form handle and a polished pontil; ht. 7.5 in.
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Potters' Market: David Leach Teapot and Tea Bowl 
Lot # 253 - Potters' Market: David Leach Teapot and Tea Bowl 
(1911-2005, Japan)

Signed, porcelain teapot, ht. 4.75 in.

From the Collection of Dorothy Miner.
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Albert Green (1914-1994; USA)
Lot # 246 - Albert Green (1914-1994; USA)
Square Tray
ca 1986-94
Stoneware; ht. 11, wd. 8 in.
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Miner Library: [SPANISH] Pottery and Ceramics 
Lot # 545 - Miner Library: [SPANISH] Pottery and Ceramics 
Lot of seven books and exhibition catalogs on Spanish pottery including:

Earthenware from Spanish Galicia The Hispanic Society of America
Modern Pottery from Muel The Hispanic Society of America
La Ceramica de Manises en la Historia Editorial Everest
Notes Hispanic The Hispanic Society of America
Spanish Folk Ceramics J. Llorens Artigas and J. Corredor Matheos
Els Serra i la Ceramica d'Art a Catalunya F.X. Puig Rovira
Museu Santacana de Martorell Francesc Santacana Romeu
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Italia Poster by A.M. Cassandre
Lot # 234 - Italia Poster by A.M. Cassandre
Italy, 1935. Italia travel poster by A.M. (Adolphe Mouron) Cassandre (French, 1901-1968), depicting Italian sporting objects with mountains and lake in the background. As a French artist in Mussolini's Italy, Cassandre used a monogram instead of a signature to protect his name. Printed in Italy by the ENIT (Italian Railway); 38 x 23 in. (sight).
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Anne Hirondelle (1944; USA)
Lot # 154 - Anne Hirondelle (1944; USA)
Handled Vessel and Stand
ca 1995
Glazed stoneware; w/ stand ht. 7.25, w/ handles dia. 22.25 in. 
Artist signature on base of bowl.
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Potters' Market: Don Reitz Tall Pitcher 
Miner Library: [AMERICAN] New England Pottery 
Lot # 557 - Miner Library: [AMERICAN] New England Pottery 
Lot of six books and exhibition catalogs on the pottery of New England including:

Early New England Pottery Lura Woodside Watkins
Customs on the Table Top Helen Sprackling
Useful Art: Long Island Pottery Cynthia Arps Corbett
The Early Potters and Potteries of Maine M. Leyln Branin
Jersey City: Shaping America's Pottery Industry 1825-1892 Jersey City Museum
The Early Makers of Handcrafted Earthenware and Stoneware in Central and Southern New Jersey M. Lelyn Branin
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Masterworks: Rick Dillingham Flat Top Vessel 
Lot # 101 - Masterworks: Rick Dillingham Flat Top Vessel 
(1952-1994, USA)

ca 1977

Raku; ht. 5, dia 8.5 in.

This is early work while Dillingham was still exploring archaic form without "shards."
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David Regan (1964, USA)
Lot # 152 - David Regan (1964, USA)
Tidal Tureen 
Porcelain; plate dia. 20 in., tureen ht. 19, wd. 20, dp. 8 in.
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Rob Barnard (1949; USA)
Lot # 209 - Rob Barnard (1949; USA)
Anagama Vessel
ca 1990
Stoneware; ht. 14.25, wd. 13.75 in.
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Large Collection of Museum and Festival Posters Signed by Dale Chihuly
Lot # 271 - Large Collection of Museum and Festival Posters Signed by Dale Chihuly
American, late 1970s-early 1990s. A collection of twentyone posters advertising for museum glass exhibitions, music festivals, and ballets. Each poster features glass works by Dale Chihuly, and each poster is signed by him. 25 x 38 in. (largest).

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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Robert Turner (1913-2005; USA)
Lot # 99 - Robert Turner (1913-2005; USA)
High Square
ca 1988
Stoneware; ht. 13, dia. 11.75 in. 
Incised Artist signature and #220 on base.

Exhibition/Publication: Back to the Future, Putting Pottery into Perspective, 1990, Rockford College, IL; High Museum, Atlanta, GA; Laurence University, Appleton, MI; University of Art History, Tempe, AZ.
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<i>Tea House in Yotsuya</i> by Koitsu Tsuchiya
Lot # 229 - Tea House in Yotsuya by Koitsu Tsuchiya
Koitsu Tsuchiya (Japan, 1870-1949). A woodblock print depicting the facade of a house, at night, with one woman on the sidewalk, one woman in the door frame, and the shadow of one woman in the upstairs window. Artist seal l.l. Jizuri seal in the right margin; 13.75 x 9 in. (sight). 
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Ken Ferguson (1928-2004; USA)
Lot # 116 - Ken Ferguson (1928-2004; USA)
Hare Basket 
ca 1995
Porcelain; ht 8.5, dia. 16 in.
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