30,000 - 50,000 USD
Property of a Connecticut Collector
produced by the Cowan Pottery Studio, Rocky River, Ohio
signed VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST in the design, initialed V in black paint to the underside, impressed COWAN and with the producer's mark
9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm) high
17 3/8 in. (44.1 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. This extremely rare monumental bowl is the second iteration of the form from the artist’s “Jazz” series displaying a dramatic flared rim. The bowl displays a rich Egyptian blue glaze, which is brighter and more nuanced when viewed firsthand compared to the printed catalogue illustration. Complementing the dynamic New York nightlife imagery of the exterior, the interior displays musical notes accented with stars and bubbles, which contribute to the exuberant and jovial spirit of the composition. The glaze with scattered minor surface irregularities throughout inherent in the making and not visually distracting. The bottom of the interior of the bowl and the outer perimeter of the rim with some slightly larger and more concentrated irregularities to the glaze, not visually distracting. The rim of the bowl is not perfectly circular, which is inherent to production. The glaze with some fine craquelure throughout and with some scattered surface scratches and areas of light wear, consistent with age and use, not visually distracting, and with some areas of discoloration which are likely the result of the glaze pooling and is inherent to production. The perimeter of the foot with some occasional very minor chips, some which are likely inherent in the making, only visible upon close inspection. The interior of the bowl with some calcification to the glaze which comes up to approximately 1 ½ inches below the decorative musical border on the interior; this cloudiness to the glaze is likely the result of prolonged exposure to liquid, consistent with age and use. The rim of the bowl with a triangular restoration over the area with diagonal hatch marks above the “FOLLIES” sign. This restoration measures approximately 1 x 2 inches and is virtually imperceptible both to the naked eye and under blacklight. Some associated hairlines to the graze were also stabilized at the time of this restoration. On the rim above the rightmost skyscraper that overlaps the “JAZZ” logo on the left side, there is a fine vertical hairline to the glaze measuring approximately 1 inch long which has been stabilized on the interior of the bowl and is visible only upon very close inspection on the outer perimeter of the rim. A beautiful example of this important historical design.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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