Posted 2 years ago
I was wondering if anyone has ever seen a piece similar to this. I rescued it from a junk shop in Northern California. It is a huge and beautiful stoneware vase/bowl with linear striations, both inside and out, reminiscent of a sea urchin. The shopowner told me that it had been brought in by a little old lady who, according to her, had picked it up in an art gallery in St. Helena, CA (extremely ritzy Napa Valley town) in the late '60s for $250. Quite a price back then! The vase is unmarked (as far as I can tell), and measures approximately 11 in. high, and almost 20 in. across. I think it handbuilt rather than thrown, as the hole is only large enough for a small childs hand. It is very competantly potted. If anyone can help me out with identifying this vase, I would be very grateful!