Los Angeles was fertile ground for some of the greatest achievements of the American Studio Ceramic Movement between the 1940s and the 1970s. In the auction on Sunday, October 9th, LAMA offers a number of examples by the leading practitioners of the movement whose work served as a catalyst in re-shaping attitudes toward clay. From Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner, to Stan Bitters and Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, provides his expert insight on the state of clay, while curator Jo Lauria contextualizes these masters works and their lasting influence. Read on!
Gertrud & Otto Natzler
LAMA’s May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction was a rousing success with battling bidders, new world record auction prices, and total sales of $3 million. It’s not too late to join the fun, as several important and highly collectible works by the greatest names in modern and contemporary fine art and design are still available for purchase. Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s director and curator of the auction, has chosen six pieces from this group to highlight—masterful works of art by Agnes Martin, Cindy Sherman, and Jenny Holzer; as well as seminal designs by Rudolph M. Schindler, Hans Wegner, and ceramists Gertrud and Otto Natzler.
Gertrud & Otto Natzler pulled off a rare feat for craftspeople. Over a period of three decades, the duo created an estimated 25,000 works in ceramic, each piece carefully made by hand. The extraordinary thing is that in addition to monumental exhibition examples that took months and years to complete, they also were able to produce small, affordable works to be sold in department stores. In this Sunday’s auction, we’re offering both museum pieces and commercial collaborations, including works from the Leopold and Patricia Hirschfeldt Collection and the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield. I can say with confidence that these Natzler ceramics are the best we’ve ever had the privilege to offer.
After several conversations with Gail Natzler we have properly cataloged the five Natzler ceramics that will be in the upcoming March 6th auction. Gail remains the sole Natzler authority and invaluable when determining age, glaze and historical information on any Natzler work. One of the five Natzler ceramics that will be up for auction is […]
Last night was the official opening of the Los Angeles Antiques Show at the Santa Monica Airport, Barker Hangar, which will is open today (11am – 7pm), Friday (11am – 7pm), Saturday (11am – 7pm) and Sunday (11am – 5pm)! As you know from an earlier post, Peter kept the design of his booth very […]
We recently republished our December 2008 Auction Catalog for digital preview. The catalog features over 580 outstanding lots of paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture and other decorative objects. Highlights from the sale included: Diego Giacometti coffee table (Lot 209) and pair of lamps (Lots 207 & 208) Extremely rare set custom executed 1972; original owner Estimate: Coffee table […]
Rare Natzler Wind Bells and two Natzler ceramic bowls will be offered in the upcoming LA Modern auction on December 6, 2009. Husband and wife, Otto and Gertrud Natzler are internationally known for their collaborative work, creating objects in clay from 1933 – 1971. The Natzler’s experimented with glaze and body, and in the process […]