COWAN'S + CLARK + DEL VECCHIO REALIZED $270,000 IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS SALE CINCINNATI, OH – June 6, 2012— Cowan's + Clark + Del Vecchio’s semi-annual Modern and Contemporary Ceramics auction realized $270,000 in the June 1 sale.
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COWAN’S + CLARK + DEL VECCHIO
REALIZED $270,000 IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS SALE
CINCINNATI, OH – June 6, 2012— Cowan's + Clark + Del Vecchio’s semi-annual Modern and Contemporary Ceramics auction realized $270,000 in the June 1 sale.
The highest selling lot in the auction was a piece by Michele Oka Doner, titled “Three Torsos,” which sold for $25,200. Doner’s hugely successful career working with sculpture, jewelry, public art, ceramics, furniture and other functional objects spans four decades. Another piece by Doner, titled “Bust,” realized $6,000.
“Mark Del Vecchio and I could not have been happier with the sales and numbers for our recent auction,” notes Garth Clark, Ceramics Specialist. “It was a real test with no six-figure trophies to drive up the excitement. We picked up a few world records, most notably for Marlborough Gallery’s star sculptor, Michele Oka Doner. The triptych sold for S25,200, breaking her previous record for her ceramic work set out in our last auction for $18,000. Results, including a great sell-through rate, proved the growing strength and stability of the studio ceramic marketplace.”
A piece by Georges Jeanclos, titled “Grande Urne,” hammered down at $14,100. Jeanclos is considered by many to be one of France’s great twentieth-century sculptors.
A stoneware work by Rudy Autio, titled “Elysian Fields,” realized $12,040. The American Ceramics website notes that “Clay turned out to be the perfect medium for Autio, allowing him to add dimension to his voluptuous forms.”
Works by Ralph Bacerra also performed well in the sale. A piece, titled “Untitled Charger,” sold for $11,750, and a work titled “Untitled Square Charger with Birds,” realized $8,812.50. A star of post-WW II studio pottery and a master craftsman, Ralph Bacerra’s difficult, multi-faceted firing method ensured that only works that emerged in immaculate condition could be shown; lesser items were dispatched to the shards pile. These prices realized reflect a growing interest in Bacerra’s work with glaze and kiln.
Additional pieces that performed well in the auction include works by Peter Voulkos and Michael Lucero. A work, titled “Lidded Vessel,” realized $9,987.50, and a piece titled “Bucket” sold for $8,812.50. A piece by Michael Lucero, titled “Elf with Puppy,” sold for $11,750.
Consignments for the October 31, 2012 auction are now being accepted. Contact Amanda at Amanda@cowans.com or call 513-871-1670 ext. 31.
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