Auctioneer Press Release Rago

"Post-War Ceramics From Autio to Woodman" At Rago in Collaboration With Wright

Aug 05,2019 | 09:00 EDT By Rago Auctions

Lambertville, NJ - Join Rago and Wright Auctions on September 22, 2019 for “Post-War Ceramics from Autio to Woodman".  This stand-alone session of ceramics features significant works from masters of the post-war era including Rudy Autio, Richard DeVore, Waylande Gregory, Shoji Hamada, Bernard and David Leach, Cliff Lee, Glen Lukens, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Lucie Rie, Harrison McIntosh, Edwin and Mary Scheier, Toshiko Takaezu, Robert Turner, Peter Voulkos, Beatrice Wood and Betty Woodman, among others.

Betty Woodman, Large Pillow Pitcher; Estimate $12,500 - 17,500

The sale, with over 150 lots, is principally drawn from three substantial private collections, two from New York City and one from North Carolina, each assembled for nearly half a century.

Says David Rago, "In no small part because of our merger with Wright Auctions, represented here is one of the best assemblages of post-war ceramics brought to public auction."

Rudy Autio, Massive Floor Vessel; Estimate $6,500 - 9,500

Among the many highlights: a massive leopard spot decorated stoneware vase by Harrison McIntosh, possibly the largest the artist ever created, estimated at $18,000-22,000; an exceptional and large Pillow pitcher by Betty Woodman from 1985, estimated at $12,500-17,500; a 1957 stoneware bottle by Peter Voulkos, estimated at $12,000-16,000; a fine, large flaring vase by Lucie Rie, estimated at $10,000-15,000; three unique sculptures of nude female musicians from Waylande Gregory, ca. 1935, estimated at $10,000-15,000; Richard DeVore's Vessel #790, estimated at $7,500-9,500; a massive Rudy Autio floor vessel decorated with nudes and reindeer, estimated at $6,500-9,500; and an exceptional bowl with curdled white glaze by Glen Lukens, estimated at $6,000-8,000.

By Rago