Carved and decorated stoneware presentation vase from the Anna Pottery of Anna, Illinois. The vase is salt glazed with brushed cobalt highlights. It has a flattened ovoid body with overall incised feather designs. There are circular convex reserves on either side, one with a child’s face and the other with a presentation inscription. The handles are in the form of eagle heads, and deeply carved feathers sweep backward around the rim. Each eagle holds a fish in its beak. The vase is raised on four ball-and-claw feet with individual protruding talons. The vase measures 8½" x 13" x 6" and sold for $64,350 (est. $30,000/50,000). The winning bidder was a major New York City museum, underbid by another nationally known museum.
Fluted Jar, with Loops , China. Northern Song Dynasty. Circa 960-1127. Wheel-thrown and altered with smooth indents. It says "porcelain with pale blue/green glaze but to me this looks like a stoneware piece with a Shino glaze. Curators sometimes just don't know. I love the thrown loops placed on the shoulder , so casual are they, and could you imagine they perform any real function other than decorative? Yet they characterize this entire pot by lending to it a sense of monumentality otherwise not present. I think this pot could have been made in Minnesota if I didn't know any better! #chinesepottery#craftsmen#teaceremony#pottery#porcelain#stoneware#ceramics#mingei#crafts#wheelthrown
May your day be cheery, your coffee be strong and may you NOT stare at the solar eclipse and burn your retinas. Please.
Also, these are some new glazes! Satin-y and soft...and bold and bright. ❤️