Steven Montgomery is well represented in this sale with some important ceramic sculptures: lots 630 and 633, entitled “Disjunction #3” and “Yellow Hazard,” are estimated between $7,000-10,000.
Other notable works of art include: lot 738, an important figural sculpture by Franz Hagenauer for Werkstatten Hagenauer, estimated at $20,000-30,000; lot 699, a Pedro Friedeberg Mermaid compass sculpture, in carved and lacquered Mexican mahogany, silver leaf and glass housing an actual compass, estimated at $2,500-3,500; lot 610, a delicate cut paper silhouette of a matador and bull by William Hunt Diederich, at $3,000-4,000.
Glass artists/makers include: Alessandro Pianon, Alvar Aalto, Carlo Scarpa, Dale Chihuly, Dick Huss, Fritz Dreisbach, Fulvio Bianconi, Giorgio Ferro, Harvey Littleton, James Coignard, Joel Philip Myers, John Lewis, Jon Kuhn, Lino Tagliapietra, Mary Ann “Toots” Zynsky, Massimo Micheluzzi, Michael Joplin, Michael Pavlik, Michele Burato, Richard Marquis, Robert Levin, Robert Palusky, Steven Weinberg, Tessa Clegg, Vicke Linstrand, Vittorio Zecchin and more.
Featured in the sale is lot 571, a fine “Albore” vessel by Mary Ann “Toots” Zynsky, made of fused and thermo-formed color glass threads, estimated at $8,000-12,000. Also of note is lot 566, a large and spectacular Jon Kuhn cube glass sculpture on steel base, attractively presented at $12,000-18,000. Other notable glass pieces include: lot 585, a good Saturno sculpture by Lino Tagliapietra for Ogetti, $4,000-6,000; two Joel Philip Myers blown glass sculptural vessels, lot 764, estimated at $6,000-9,000 and lot 767, from the Contiguous Fragment series, at $4,500-6,500.
Modern ceramicists include: Axel Salto for Royal Copenhagen, Beatrice Wood, David Gilhooly, Edwin and Mary Scheier, Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, Gudrun Baudisch and Kitty Rix at the Wiener Werkstatte, Harvey Littleton, Henry Varnum Poor, Otto Natzler, Peter Voulkos, Picasso at Madoura, Richard Blow for Montici, Roy Lichtenstein for Jackson China, Toshiko Takaezu and more.
There are several Picasso/Madoura hand-painted ceramic pieces in the sale, including: lot 904, a white plate with flute player and cavaliers, estimated at $2,000-3,000; lot 905, a plate with flowers and apple, at $1,000-1,500; lot 906, a figural vessel with lady portrait, at $3,000-4,000; and lot 907, an owl pitcher, estimated at $2,500-3,500.
Also of note is lot 629, an important three-piece earthenware totem by Edwin and Mary Scheier, estimated at $10,000-15,000, from the Dr. Albert Grokoest collection, exhibited at The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, 1966. There are several Toshiko Takaezu Moonpots in the sale, estimated around $2,500-3,500 apiece.