CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Auction on May 17, 2013 saw high prices for well known contemporary artists such as Lucie Rie, Peter Voulkos, Beatrice Wood and Robert Arneson. Immediately following the ceramics sale was Cowan’s 20th Century Art + Design sale, which highlighted exceptional pieces of mid-century and contemporary design, fine art, works on paper, photography and art glass.
Masterworks from The Art of Peter Voulkos hit the auction block in the ceramics portion of
the sale. The highest selling lot in the auction was an Untitled Stoneware Sculpture from 1957 which hammered down at $39,000. Another Untitled Vase from 1957 more than doubled its pre-auction estimate of $7,000 to $10,000 and sold for $24,000.
Another piece by Lucie Rie, titled Pink and Grey Bottle/Vase, eventually sold for $24,000. This is a signature form known as the “stamp vase.” A similar work was chosen by the Royal Mail in 1987 to adorn one of four stamps commemorating works of British potters.
Other items that garnered high prices in the auction were pieces by Robert Arneson, Michael Lucero and Ken Ferguson. Michael Lucero’s most famous work, “Young Lady with Ohr Hair,” realized $23,370. A piece by Robert Arneson, titled “Pot Kisser,” sold for $7,995, and another Arneson “Self Portrait Shot Glass” realized $4,059. Ken Ferguson’s “Triple Udder Mermaid Vessel” smashed its original estimate of $2,500 to $3,500 and hammered down at $8,610.
The highest selling lot in the 20th Century Art + Design Auction was an oil on canvas painting by Giuseppe Pino titled “Melissa.” The painting sold for $17,220 over its pre-auction estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
Other notable lots were a Floral Woodblock by Edna Boies Hopkins that sold for $5,535, a Louis Vuitton Trunk realized $5,227 and a Dunbar rocking chaise which sold for $6,600.
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