Posted 2 years ago
Hand thrown and decorated Waylande Gregory vase (circa 1930s) with high-fired luster gilt on a teal ocean background. This large (and heavy) studio ceramic vase features a decidedly Deco styled melusine amongst fish and ocean foam rendered overall in the Phoenician motif that Gregory employed on numerous sculptural and utilitarian pieces. Painted glaze on the inside and out (see interior rim lip picture). Signed on the side and base, "Waylande Gregory." Dimensions: 15" (H) x 11.5" (W).
I generally don't do Deco, but this vase commanded my attention when I saw it in person. A version of the melusine vase is currently on exhibition at the University of Richmond Art Museum in a traveling Gregory retrospective entitled, "Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse," which runs until Sept. 29. (see here: http://museums.richmond.edu/exhibitions/lora-robins-gallery/waylande-gregory.html ). The exhibition then runs at art museums in Michigan and Ohio through the end of next year. Gregory is the godfather of modern studio ceramics and thankfully his work is gaining some of the attention it has long deserved.
For information on the fascinating melusine creature in history, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melusine