Skinner Hosts Auction of 20th Century Design in Boston BOSTON, Mass – December 3, 2012 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of 20th Century Design in its Boston gallery on Saturday, December 15th. The extensive sale offers a variety of material from each
News-Antique.com - Dec 03,2012 - Silver Holloware
A collection of silver holloware by Henry Petzal will be offered, including a handwrought sterling silver and carnelian box decorated with tropical fish amongst undulating sea grasses (lot 15, $1,000 estimated between $1,500). This box, along with the other Petzal material in the sale, was included in a solo exhibition of his work at the Currier Gallery in Manchester, New Hampshire, from June 13 to September 20, 1987.
Pottery highlights include works by the husband and wife team of Vivika and Otto Heino. A large Otto Heino stoneware bowl (lot 501, $250 to $350) and a Vivika and Otto Heino pottery drip design vase (lot 505, $200 to $300) are two of the nearly twenty lots of Heino pottery to be offered. The Heinos met in New Hampshire while studying at The New Hampshire League of Arts and Crafts. They achieved consistently superb glaze results through continuous experimentation and the use of the demanding wood firing technique. Their works are held in private and public collections around the world.
Pieces from another notable husband and wife team, Edwin and Mary Scheier, will also be on offer and include two redware serving bowls and a large center bowl (lot 531, $300 to $500).
Other important works of studio pottery include a gray-green crackle glazed pottery vessel by Richard DeVore (lot 558, $1,000 to $1,500) and a large Peter Voulkos charger (lot 587, $5,000 to $7,000).
A collection of early 20th century French art pottery, including a large Primavera stoneware vase by Louis Lourioux (lot 199, $1,000 to $1,500) rounds out the sale’s diverse pottery selection.
A collection of Italian art glass that includes pieces such as a Barovier Tessere Ambra bowl (lot 429, $3,000 to $5,000) and two “Pulcino” bird sculptures by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi (lots 450 and 451, both $1,200 to $1,600) will be offered. In addition there are excellent examples of art glass from Orrefors and Steuben. A Steven Weinberg Glass cube sculpture (lot 650, $1,500 to $2,500), a Paul Stankard paperweight, and an Oiva Toikka block sculpture (lot 691, $300 to $500) complete the diverse offerings.
An impressive marble sculpture (lot 344, $6,000 to $8,000) depicting a hooded face surrounded by writhing nude bodies suggests allegorical influences of Dante. This sculpture was found on the property where Frank Wigglesworth (1893-1951) had his studio in the early part of the 20th century. The family recalls this work serving as the centerpiece for a pond on the property. The sculpture is being sold to benefit a Land Conservation Fund.
A "Red Dot" painted steel garden sculpture (lot 654, $800 to $1,200) by the accomplished artist and author of SIX MARYLAND ARTISTS, Alton P. "Jim" Balder is just one of many unique pieces of garden sculpture that will be offered.
A pair of whimsical painted fiberglass figural sculptures by Anna Lou "Louie" Rhoades depict Mr. Senior Ball, a man drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer while watching a baseball game on television