Toshiko Takaezu ceramics and Richard Marquis art glass shattered their estimates at Rago

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LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. ‚ÄĒ Ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu and art glass by Richard Marquis were star performers at Rago‚Äôs Postwar and Contemporary Ceramics and Contemporary Glass sales, held on October 4 and 5. Complete results are available for review at LiveAuctioneers.

Works by famed Hawaiian ceramacist Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) were expected to perform well and bidders obliged. Spring Moon (with rattle), a glazed stoneware piece by Takaezu that had been unveiled at two Chicago exhibitions in 2000, hammered at double its low estimate of $70,000, ultimately selling for $183,400 with buyer’s premium.

Tamarind, also by Takaezu, is a work of glazed stoneware dating to circa 1962. Sourced from a private estate, the piece wildly overperformed its $7,000-$10,000 estimate, hammering for $48,000 ($62,880 with buyer’s premium).

Untitled (Triple Vase) is a set of three small glazed stoneware vases with sgraffito. Created around 1958 by Takaezu, the trio hammered at $38,000 ($49,780 with buyer’s premium) against a modest estimate of $4,500-$6,500.

Just as works by Takaezu dominated the first session, Richard Marquis art glass triumphed on the second day. Marquis (b. 1945-) is considered a leading member of the studio art glass movement, with odd and often patriotic themes to his works. American Acid Capsule with Cloth Container (1969-70) is an early example of Marquis’ output, created while he was a Fulbright Fellow at Venini, and features a cloth container commissioned from Nirmal Kaur (Barbara Brittell). It has been in numerous exhibitions and was purchased by the consignor directly from the artist. Estimated at $15,000-$20,000, it sold for $50,000 ($65,500 with buyer’s premium).

Another Marquis piece from the same Fulbright period is Stars and Stripes Cup with Container (Free Speech Cup). Like the lot above, it includes a cloth container created by Nirmal Kaur. Also estimated at $15,000-$20,000, the lot advanced to $35,000 ($45,850 with buyer’s premium).
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Toshiko Takaezu, ‘Spring Moon (with rattle),’ which sold for $140,000 ($183,400 with buyer‚Äôs premium) at Rago.
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Toshiko Takaezu, ‘Tamarind,’ which sold for $48,000 ($62,880 with buyer‚Äôs premium) at Rago.
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Toshiko Takaezu, ‘Untitled (Triple Vase),’ which sold for $38,000 ($49,780 with buyer‚Äôs premium) at Rago.
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Richard Marquis, ‘American Acid Capsule with Cloth Container,’ which sold for $50,000 ($65,500 with buyer‚Äôs premium) at Rago.
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Richard Marquis, ‘Stars and Stripes Cup with Container (Free Speech Cup),’ which sold for $35,000 ($45,850 with buyer‚Äôs premium) at Rago.
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Laura de Santillana, ‘Untitled (Flag),’ which sold for $28,000 ($36,680 with buyer’s premium) at Rago.
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Toshiko Takaezu, Betty Woodman, Lucie Rie and Claude Conover headline Rago’s Oct. 4 sale

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LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. ‚ÄĒ Rago, along with its partners Wright and Los Angeles Modern Auctions, have combined forces to present some of the most prominent names in postwar and contemporary ceramics on Wednesday, October 4. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) was a driving force in redefining clay as an artistic medium. Her focus on Abstractionism placed her as a leader in the postwar scene, with her works gaining international attention in the 1950s and ’60s. Takaezu’s work helped transform ceramics from everyday household objects to a medium for artistic expression.

The top lot in the sale is a well-known work from Takaezu that comes from a private collection in Tucson, Arizona. Spring Moon (With Rattle) features unforgettable glazing and is estimated at $70,000-$90,000.

Pillow Pitcher is a circa-1985 glazed earthenware work by Betty Woodman (1930-2018). Like many in her generation, Woodman began making functional ceramics but soon moved to more expressionist designs while retaining a degree of functionality, an aesthetic that Pillow Pitcher represents. The lot carries an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

The sale also showcases numerous pieces from noted postwar ceramicists. There are four works from Lucie Rie (1902-1995), topped by a large bottle with a flaring lip estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Four works from famed ceramic artist Claude Conover (1907-1994) are featured as well, including a rare Totonac vessel, estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
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Toshiko Takaezu, ‘Spring Moon (with rattle),’ estimated at $70,000-$90,000 at Rago.
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Betty Woodman, ‘Pillow Pitcher,’ estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at Rago.
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Lucie Rie, ‘Large bottle with flaring lip,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000 at Rago.
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Claude Conover, rare ‘Totonac’ vessel, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Rago.
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Gertrud and Otto Natzler, ‘Double-curved closed form,’ estimated at $5,000-$7,000 at Rago.
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Dynamic studio glass grabs attention at Heritage, Sept. 29

Laura Donefer, ‚ÄėAmulet Basket,‚Äô estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Laura Donefer, ‚ÄėAmulet Basket,‚Äô estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Laura Donefer, ‚ÄėAmulet Basket,‚Äô estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Courtesy Heritage Auctions

DALLAS ‚Äď Rare is the contemporary art movement that evolves and innovates as nimbly as studio glass. Given the medium‚Äôs roots in historic Venetian practices, today‚Äôs glass artists in America and beyond continue to forge breathtaking new methods and aesthetics in this dynamic material. In its Thursday, September 29 Design Signature¬ģ Auction, Heritage Auctions offers a rich collection of contemporary studio glass works by more than 140 artists. These are emergent superstars and the industry‚Äôs most celebrated artists who mentored them.¬†Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through¬†LiveAuctioneers.

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Ceramic art celebrated in Palos Verdes Art Center show

Courtney Mattison, ‚ÄėHope Spots: Coral Triangle 3,‚Äô 2022. 17 by 16 by 9in. Glazed stoneware and porcelain
Courtney Mattison, ‚ÄėHope Spots: Coral Triangle 3,‚Äô 2022. 17 by 16 by 9in. Glazed stoneware and porcelain
Courtney Mattison, ‚ÄėHope Spots: Coral Triangle 3,‚Äô 2022.¬†17 by 16 by 9in. Glazed stoneware and porcelain

PALOS VERDES, Calif. ‚Äď The Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is currently showing Water, Earth & Fire, an exhibition celebrating ceramics as a powerful creative force and expressive mode of communication. It will run through April 16.

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Peter Voulkos literally changed the shape of modern ceramics

An untitled 1968 Peter Voulkos glazed and gouged gas-fired stoneware vessel brought $60,000 in June 2020 at Wright. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.
An untitled 1968 Peter Voulkos glazed and gouged gas-fired stoneware vessel brought $60,000 in June 2020 at Wright. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK ‚ÄĒ Peter Voulkos was not just an innovator but a rock star in the field of ceramics. Wildly abstract forms are now the norm in the artistic medium, but someone had to show the way, and Voulkos was that trailblazer. He revolutionized the field in the 1950s, pushing ceramics past its humble functional roles and reimagining them as unusual and monolithic sculptures.

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