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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Lithograph by Emerson Woelffer
Lot # 206 - Lithograph by Emerson Woelffer
Emerson Woelffer (American, 1914-2003).  A lithograph in colors, signed, dated 61 and numbered 20/20; 22.25 x 16.75 in. (sight).
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Nina Borgia-Aberle (20th Century, USA) 
Lot # 120 - Nina Borgia-Aberle (20th Century, USA) 
Three Piece Wall Installation c.1988
Tallest ht. 24.25 inches

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Val Barry (1937, England)
Lot # 103 - Val Barry (1937, England)
Flattened Bowl # 12
Ceramic, ht. 7.25, wd. 8.75. dp. 1.25 in. 

Shown: British Pottery '81: Barry, Price, Verdon, Graham Gallery, NY, 1981. 
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Campbell's Shopping Bag by Andy Warhol
Lot # 202 - Campbell's Shopping Bag by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), 1966.  A shopping bag with lithograph in colors, printed for Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston exhibit; bag measures 19.5 x 16.5 in. (sight).  
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The Edge, by Patrick Bruce Oliphant
Lot # 358 - The Edge, by Patrick Bruce Oliphant
Patrick Bruce Oliphant (American, b. 1935). A black and white lithograph titled The Edge, by political cartoonist Patrick Bruce Oliphant. Signed, titled and numbered 11/50, l.r.; 22 x 10 1/2 in.
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Phillip Maberry (1951; USA)
Lot # 267 - Phillip Maberry (1951; USA)
Tile with Three Beatos
Earthenware with glazes; ht. 30.75, wd. 37 in.
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Jane Peiser (1933, USA)
Lot # 201 - Jane Peiser (1933, USA)
Untitled Vessel
ca 1980s
Earthenware; ht. 5.5, dia. 4.5 in.
Artist signature on base.

Peiser is alive and well and working in Penland, North Carolina.
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<i> Lux </i> by Charles Green and Lyndell Brown
Lot # 329 - Lux by Charles Green and Lyndell Brown
Charles Green and Lyndell Brown (Australian, active since 1989). Lightjet print on Duraclear film of an original painting by Green and Brown with a Lexan thermoplatic support, housed in a black frame. The work depicts, in its lower portion, a profile portrait of a seated woman contemplating a nocturnal landscape, the Yarra River (Victoria, Australia). The woman is borrowed from a hand-tinted photograph made by Baron von Sillfried in the 1870s in Japan. (Information provided by Gibsone Jessop Gallery). In its upper portion, the work shows the title page of a book titled "Exercitation of the Operations of Medicines in Human Bodies." Made in 2003, this work emerged from humanitarian concerns shared by the two artists, who deplored the detention of asylum seekers in Australia. Green and Brown typically intertwine images from various contexts to create representations of the fragmented contemporary world. 33 x 33 in.
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Bennett Bean (1941; USA)
Lot # 40 - Bennett Bean (1941; USA)
Dolen 1990
Earthenware with gold and transparent glazes, richly colored acrylic paint, and organic effects from pit firing: ht. 6 in. x dia. 9.25 in.; artist stamp on base; acquired directly from the artist.
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Kurt Weiser (1950; USA)
Lot # 36 - Kurt Weiser (1950; USA)
Lidded Jar with Two Figural Tropical Birds ca 1980
Raku glazed earthenware, ht. 15 in. x dia. 13.5 in.; signed on foot.

Reference: Peter Held (ed), Eden Revisited: The Ceramics of Kurt Weiser, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.
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<i>The Dance, Family Musical</i> Bronze Plaque by William Zorach
Lot # 313 - The Dance, Family Musical Bronze Plaque by William Zorach
William Zorach (Lithuanian/American).  Bronze plaque of dancers, fitted for hanging, signed and titled beneath relief scene; 9 x 8.75 in.
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Masterworks: Akio Takamori Vase Lithograph 
Lot # 50 - Masterworks: Akio Takamori Vase Lithograph 
(1950, Japan)


Lithograph Edition, #7/12; ht. 30, wd. 22.5 in.

This print captures Takamori's unique Japanese graphic sensibility combining four nude women seen through a double handled vase. See also Lot 295 in this sale.
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Richard Batterham (1936; Britain)
Lot # 41 - Richard Batterham (1936; Britain)
Three Faceted Bowls
ca 2001-06
Smaller bowls ht. 4.5, dia. 7.75 in.
Large bowl ht. 9.25, dia. 15.5 in.
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Miner Library: [BRITISH] Lowestoft Pottery 
Lot # 522 - Miner Library: [BRITISH] Lowestoft Pottery 
British, includes three books on Lowestoft Pottery:

Christopher Spencer, Early Lowestoft
Lowestoft Porcelain in Norwich Castle Museum
Lowestoft Porcelain in Norwich Castle Museum.
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Ake Holm (1900-1980, Sweden), Francesca Macitti-Lindh (1931; Italy), Tom Möller (1914-2009)
Lot # 73 - Ake Holm (1900-1980, Sweden), Francesca Macitti-Lindh (1931; Italy), Tom Möller (1914-2009)
ca 1960s
Holm "Bottle" ht. 12.25, dia. 5 in.
Macitti-Lindh "Small-handled Vessel" ht. 4, dia. 4 in.
Möller "Pitcher" ht. 11, dia. 3.5 in.
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Group of Weller Sicard Pottery
Lot # 277 - Group of Weller Sicard Pottery
American, early 20th century. A group of three Weller Sicard line pottery items, developed by Jacques Sicard. Includes A small cylindrical vase, a small squat vase and a large dish, each decorated with stylized iridescent patterns. All are signed Weller Sicard; vase hts. 4 and 3 in., dish dia. 7.5 in.
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Miner Library: [MEDIEVAL] Medieval Pottery and Ceramics 
Lot # 572 - Miner Library: [MEDIEVAL] Medieval Pottery and Ceramics 
Lot of fifteen books and exhibition catalogs covering pottery and ceramics of the middle ages including:

Medieval Pottery of the Oxford Region David A. Hinton
Medieval Pottery Jeremy Haslam
Medieval Pottery from Excavations Gerald Clough Dunning
Medieval Pottery from Excavations Gerald Clough Dunning
Prehistoric Pottery The Hispanic Society of America
Prehistoric, Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Pots Galerie Besson
Fragments of the Gothic World Garry Atkins
Medieval Pottery: London-Type Ware J.E. Pearce, A.G. Vince and M.A. Jenner
Medieval English Pottery Bernard Rackham
Border Wares Jacqueline Pearce
Medieval English Pottery Bernard Rackham
The Year 1200: The Exhibition The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Medieval Ceramics: VI to XIII Centuries Jay D Frierman
Ceramique de la Renaissance a Anvers Claire Dumortier
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William Staite Murray (1881-1962; Britain)
Lot # 57 - William Staite Murray (1881-1962; Britain)
Tall Korean-style Vase
Stoneware; ht. 15.5, dia. 6.5 in. 
Artist stamp at foot.
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Judy Trim (1943-2001, England)
Lot # 233 - Judy Trim (1943-2001, England)
Pink Grey Oval Jar
Ceramic; ht. 9, wd. 7.25, dp. 5.5 in.
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Masterworks: John Leach Three Stoneware Flask Bottles 
Lot # 8 - Masterworks: John Leach Three Stoneware Flask Bottles 
(Born 1939, England)

ca 1983

Stoneware; tallest: ht. 7.5 in.

Born in the Leach Pottery Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall, John is the third generation of Leach potters, the grandson of Bernard Leach and the son of Bernard's eldest son, David

Provenance: From the Dorothy Miner Collection.
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