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May 28, 2015, Live Salesroom Auction, Cleveland, Ohio. Featuring a collection by Albert Green, directly from the family of the artist. Other exceptional works will be offered by artists such Pablo Picasso, Dale Chihuly, Betty Woodman, Lucie Rie, Beatrice Wood, Ralph Baccerra, Michael Lucero, Karen Karnes and more.

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  • Modern Ceramics, Including GlassMay 28, 2015

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    AuctionMay 28, 201512 p.m.

    ExhibitionMay 27, 2015 12:00 p.m. - 5 p.m. May 28, 2015 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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    This is our 10th annual auction of Modern Ceramics with Cowans Auctions, Inc. and we proudly present over 70 carefully selected lots. Among the highlights are two works by Robert Turner from the artists own collection, a lively Picasso Madoura offered at a time when the market for these artworks is soaring and a most important work by the gifted New York sculptor Michele Oka Doner ever to come to auction; a massive, powerfully tribal, sensual, eleven-part assembly of primal ceramic forms on metal stands.

    In addition we are most fortunate to have a group of pottery from Albert Greens Estate, works the New Jersey artist kept aside as representing the finest examples of his art.

    Green was born in 1914 into a working class family. Driven by a fierce work ethic, he was able to enter the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 16 on a full scholarship for both his academic and athletic achievements. He was a champion middle distance runner throughout college.

    He studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City. But in a chance encounter in 1946, a rare one at that time, saw a display of contemporary Japanese pottery by the Mingei master Shoji Hamada that changed his life. On the spot Green decided to switch from painter to potter.

    Green did not go to any ceramic schools, such as Alfred University, but learned pottery techniques through the rather daunting method of ceramic engineering manuals and through his knowledge of college chemistry, taught himself glaze technology.

    Merged with his painting skills, he produced a translation of Japanese style pottery decoration that was thoroughly Western and unique within this widespread Japonisme treatment in America. His use of color was striking and bold and felt connected to mid-century modernism just as it was breaking through into American culture, with geometric panels of bright color and powerful slip drawing.

    Whereas the Mingei style presented reticence, Green delivered bravado. Now that mid-century is so significant, collected as style artifacts and design trophies, and also influencing the new, Greens pottery is finding a new life and appreciation for its zest, adventurous color and complex compositions all anchored in sturdy, handsome vessel forms.

    Green received numerous awards for his art from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and National Museum of Design in New York and was made a Fellow of the American Craft Council. He is in the collection of the Chicago Art Institute; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

    Garth Clark

  • MAY 28, 2015 CLEVELAND, OHIO 3SEE DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS, ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND CONDITION REPORTS OF ALL LOTS AT COWANS.COMBID LIVE ONLINE AT BIDSQUARE.COM

    1 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Tall Bottle in Red, Blue and Brown ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 19.75, wd. 7.5, dp. 4 in. Signed Green on base.

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $800 - $1,200

    2 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Square Blue and White Bottle ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 10.25, wd. 7, dp. 2.5 in. Signed Green on base.

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $400 - $600

    3 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Square Bulls Eye Bottle ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 12.75, wd. 8.75, dp. 3 in. Signed Green on base.

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $500 - $800

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    4 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Yellow Bulls Eye Platter with Impressed Cross Hatch Pattern ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 2.75, dia. 16 in. Unsigned

    $700 - $900

    5 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Circular Platter in Blue ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 3, dia. 19.5 in. Signed Green on base.

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $800 - $1,200

    6 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Large Circular Platter in Green ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 2.5, dia. 17.5 in. Signed Green and numbered 791 on base.

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $800 - $1,200

    7 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Square Platter in Blue ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 1.5, wd. 12.5, dp. 11.5 in. Signed Green on base.

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $800 - $1,000

    8 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Large Teal and Brown Lidded Vessel with Pigtail Pull ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. with lid 8.5, dia. 16.5 in. Stone gray speckled interior. Unsigned

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $400 - $800

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    9 Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Large Modeled White Covered Vessel ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. with lid 6, dia. 14.5 in. Unsigned

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $400 - $800

    10 Albert Green (1914-1994, USA) Tall Lidded Vessel ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. with lid 9, dia. 10 in. Unsigned

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $400 - $800

    11 Albert Green (1914-1994, USA) Banded Tea Bowl ca 1970-80 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 4.25, dia. 5.5 in. Unsigned

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $200 - $400

    12 Albert Green (1914-1994, USA) Tea Bowl ca 1954 Glazed Stoneware; ht. 3.25, dia. 5.25 in. 54 slip signed on base.

    Directly from the Family of the Artist

    $200 - $400

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    13 Shoji Hamada (1894-1978; Japan) Handsome Shouldered Vase with Ladle-poured Glaze ca 1955 Salt-glazed Stoneware; ht. 12.5, dia. 18.5 in. Includes artist signed box.

    Hamada was a significant influence on studio pottery of the twentieth century and a major figure of the Mingei folk-art movement establishing the town of Mashiko as a world-renowned pottery center. In 1955 the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology designated Hamada a Living National Treasure.

    $4,000 - $5,000

    14 Bernard Leach (1887-1979; Hong Kong/Britain) Classic Square Tenmoku Bottle ca 1960 Stoneware; ht. 7.75, wd. 5, dp. 3.25 in. Artist stamp on inside of foot.

    This handsome press molded bottle features Leachs elegant relief drawing. Tenmoku iron glaze breaks on the edges producing a rich red-rust wash of color that captures the rhythm and vigor of Japanese calligraphy.

    $1,500 - $2,000

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    MacKenzie was the first American apprentice of the father of studio pottery, Bernard Leach. MacKenzie and his wife Alix worked with Leach in England from 1949 to 1952. Upon their return they became champions of the Leach style. Since 1952 MacKenzie has taught at the University of Minnesota, where he is a Regents Professor Emeritus. His students have included Randy Johnston, Mike Norman, Jeff Oestreich, Wayne Branum, Mark Pharis, Barbara Diduk, Paul Dresang, Shirley Johnson, Michael and Sandy Simon.

    15 Warren MacKenzie (1924; USA) Exceptional Set of Six Plates ca 1980 Stoneware; ht. 1.5, 7.75 in. Artist stamps at foot.

    $300 - $500

    16 Warren MacKenzie (1924; USA) Shallow Bowl ca 1980 Stoneware; ht. 1.5, dia. 6.75 in. Artist stamp on foot.

    $100 - $200

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    17 Tanko Mohammad (Nigeria) Abuja Steins Rare Pair of Abuja Steins ca 1960s Glazed stoneware; ht. 6.75, dia. 4.5 in. Each with Artist ATM stamp and Pottery stamp at the base of handle.

    One of the outgrowth artists of the Cardew era in Africa, Tanko Mohammads work is rare and highly sought-after.

    $100 - $200

    18 F. Carlton Ball (1911-1992; USA) Large White Bowl Stoneware, ht. 6.5, dia. 10.75 in. Artist signature incised on base.

    Ball was born in Sutter Creek, California and studied art at Sacramento Junior College before enrolling at USC. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1933 and later did graduate studies under Glen Lukens at USC. He taught at several colleges and universities such as the CCAC (his first position in 1935), Mills College, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, USC University of Puget Sound and etc. His last teaching position was at the Tacoma Community College in Washington State. Primarily known for his throwing Ball exhibited at the Association of San Francisco Potters, 1952, the Los Angeles County Fairs 6000 Years