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Posted 1 year ago

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cogito
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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).
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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.
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For information on the fascinating melusine creature in history, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melusine

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  1. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Gorgeous.
  2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    stunning cogito:) another stunner:)
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Immaculate!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Thanks for that link too!
  5. cogito cogito, 1 year ago
    Thanks folks! If you haven't seen it on the Univ. of Richmond museum website, here's a link to a great presentation about Gregory:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6VtCmeEoDuU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D6VtCmeEoDuU
  6. fledermaus fledermaus, 1 year ago
    Wonderful piece! I remember seeing these in the estate gallery. I was
    also watching this piece. Very good! These were made for Tiffany and
    other galleries. He was quite a character and I learned many stories
    from Marjorie and Bianca who inherited the estate from Yolanda. I also
    have a copy of a letter from a woman who studied with him for many
    years. She did a very nice job of describing the experience. I will
    find it for you. I also had two adult students in my sculpture class
    back in the 80's who also worked with Gregory and shared the
    experience. I was too young to know him but grew up not far away. One
    of my HS teachers worked with him, he passed away when I was in 10th
    grade. Did I tell you that I worked for the estate for many years? I
    did some restoration and cleaning of pieces in the basement gallery
    and in the warehouse. It was an amazing experience! The Gregory art
    works taught me a lot! The only remaining Fountain "Light Dispelling
    Darkness" is about five miles from home. I love to visit it. I has
    been restored but still needs attention.
    Congratulations on the vase! I love it!
  7. cogito cogito, 1 year ago
    I'm "chomping at the bit" to hear those stories, Fledermaus! Gregory has a fascinating biography.
  8. AmandaAddamsAuctions AmandaAddamsAuctions, 11 months ago
    Stunning

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