Dorothy Miner Ceramics Collection Highlighted in Cowans+Clark+DelVecchio Auction Cowans + Clark + DelVecchio is pleased to announce our second Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Auction will feature fresh-to-the-market ceramics from the collection of Dorothy Miner (1936-2008).
News-Antique.com - Jun 01,2011 - Cincinnati- Cowans + Clark + DelVecchio is pleased to announce our second Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Auction will feature fresh-to-the-market ceramics from the collection of Dorothy Miner (1936-2008) of New York City. The auction is divided into three sections, including Ceramic Masterworks, teh Potter's Market, and the Dorothy Miner Library of Ceramic Art and History. The Masterworks portion features significant works by the likes of Betty Woodman, Lucie Rie, Peter Voulkos, Richard Devore, and many others. The sale will be held at Cowan's Auctions salesroom on June 4, 2011.
"We decided to produce three curated auctions this time so that we could address different needs in the marketplace," explains Garth Clark. "In keeping with the success of November's auction in Chicago, Masterworks features the most exceptional pieces from well-known artists. The Potter's Market should be considered a new venue for lesser-known artists; we hope it will be an approachable entry-point for new collectors. Finally, Dorothy Miner's library is unparalleled in scope and deserved its own audience."
A Wood-Fired Plate by Peter Voulkos is estimated to bring $9,000/12,000 in the Masterworks portion of the auction. For this piece, Voulkos has torn off most of the collar on this plate leaving only four portions behind. The actual drawing on the plate is a cross between cave markings and an astrological map. This is an exceptional work.
A work by Betty Woodman titled Three Princesses with Shadows is estimated to sell for $15,000/20,000. Woodman is an internationally known artist with works in over 100 museums. This is one of the earlier expressions of her triple vases with shadows.
An Untitled Stoneware Vessel by Richard Devore is expected to bring $16,000/20,000. This "torso" form is unusually passionate for an artist known for his shyness and restraint.
A Bowl with White Stripes by Lucie Rie is expected to bring competitive bidding in the auction. The piece, estimated at $12,000/18,000 is from the collection of Dorothy Miner. Dame Lucie Rie is the most celebrated and widely collected of all 20th century ceramists eclipsing the position once held by Hans Coper. Issey Miyaki curated an exhibition for her, Dan Flavin created light sculptures in her honor and she received both the OBE and CBE, birthday honors from the Queen.
Another piece by Lucie Rie titled Bottle Vase with Flaring Sgraffito Rim is expected to bring $6,000/8,000. The silhouette of this piece produces an elegant upwardly thrusting line.
An Untitled Vessel by Robert Turner is estimated at $6,500/9,500. This is a rare and important prototype vase that would later morph into Turner's distinctive bowls with a square top.
A Charger with Impressed Rope Decoration by Tatsuzo Shimaoka is estimated to sell for $8,000/12,000. A member of the Mingei Folk Art movement, Shimaoka was an apprentice of Shoji Hamada and is the second Mashiko potter to be made a National Living Treasure. His signature Jomon zogan pottery surface on this charger is the synthesis of two ancient processes; the pre-historic Jomon period technique of impressing rope into leather-hard clay