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Doyle Lane: A New Discovery

May 11, 2016

Lot 117, Doyle Lane, 148 vintage tiles (executed c. 1965)

Doyle Lane was a dedicated artist and craftsman whose iconic “weed pots” garnered strong attention among the crowded field of postwar ceramics in America. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Huntington Library, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Although Doyle Lane’s work has become even more desirable recently, success during his life was somewhat elusive. An African-American artist, he was left out of major shows in his medium. Edward Fickett, the prolific architect, was perhaps Lane’s most supportive patron. In 2015, his extraordinary cache of “new old” stock was uncovered and subsequently assembled into murals based on historical examples.

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