Crawling Vines Bowl by Janet Hasegawa



A fascinating piece of sculptural pottery, hand built with a raw brutalist look, this red clay bowl was created by Oklahoma artist Janet Hasegawa in 1992. Incised with leaves and overlaid with thick, crawling organic vines, one of which has made it into the bottom of the pot, the piece was wiped with a dark matte glaze, worked into the leaves and vines for further emphasis. Measuring 4 inches tall and 4 inches across, not counting the vines, the bowl is heavy for its size, weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces. The bottom is hand signed, inscribed in the clay "Janet Hasegawa '92".

Wonderful Verdigris and Rust Tall Iron Candlestick

 

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This rustic iron candlestick has a wonderful verdigris and rust surface. Wrapped around the shaft is a vine, climbing up to a "veined" leaf. Measuring 11 inches tall, with a 1 inch diameter candle cup and a base 2 1/2 inches across, it weighs 1 1/4 pounds. It holds a taper candle and displays beautifully

Original Japanese Woodblock Print of Geisha With History

 

Original Japanese Woodblock Print of Geisha With History

On November 8, 1957, Pan American Airways Flight 7 left San Francisco on the first leg of its round-the-world trip. The first stop was Honolulu, but the plane crashed into the Pacific ocean. Among the 44 passengers who died was Hugh Lee Clack, the general manager of Dow Chemical in Tokyo, and his wife Anna, sons Bruce and Scott, and two adopted daughters, Kimi and Nancy. The Clacks had just finished visiting friends and family in their hometown of Midland, Michigan. One of the photographs shows the family waiting in the Pan Am lounge for their plane.

Italian Fat Lava Pitcher Mid Century Modern

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Made in Italy in the 1960's, this pottery tankard pitcher with its fantastical motifs is a classic mid century modern piece. The base glaze is smooth and matte in shades of brown which was embellished with a coat of white fat lava glaze. The textured white glaze was used to create a rearing horse on one side and a cat with bushy whiskers on the other. The cat has two green glass eyes and the horse has a turquoise one. Even the base, the pulled spout and the applied arched handle are covered in lava. A glossy white glaze covers the interior and the finger marks of the potter attest to its hand made origin.

Blue and White Transferware Pottery Pitcher Pre-Victorian

 

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The Imperial system of uniform measurements was defined by the British Weights and Measures Act of 1824 (prior to that, your pint of bitters may not have really been a pint). Many transferware jugs and mugs were then made with the new standards printed on them, such the British quart, which is equal to 40 ounces. This jug, marked 1 QUART under the spout, has the coat of arms of the United Kingdom, along with the words "Dieu et mon droit," {God is My Right} the motto of the British monarch.
Potteries were quick to add this Royal insignia, as it showed that the jug was complying with the new law. Somewhat later jugs were typically made with the initials "V.R." added, for Victoria Regina (Queen Victoria) who began her reign in 1837. This dates the jug after 1824 and probably before 1837. Much of this early blue and white pottery made by Staffordshire factories is unmarked by the maker, as is this one.

Art Pottery Colorful Portuguese WaLL Plate

 

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This fascinating Portuguese hand made wall plate draws the eye with its tactile surfaces, bold colors and modern designs. The background on the front is in shades of mustard yellow and green, with painted color blocks of red, green and brown. There are lines, squiggles and spirals in brown and the entire surface was decoupaged with sheer paper (probably tissue paper) that created a unique "wrinkled" surface. The finishing touch is a section of woven strips of cane in brown, creating a three dimensional look that really is 3-D. The edge of the rim is painted brown and the plate is signed "FF 01" on the lower right.

Boch Delfts Wall Plate Belgium

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This beautiful faience wall plate, transfer decorated in blue on a wnullhite field, was made by the firm of Boch Keramis in La Louviere in eastern Belgium. The pattern name is "Delfts," as the pieces in this series show scenes of Dutch country life and are inspired by traditional Delftware.