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Viktor Schreckengost
Golf (Wall Plaque)

1930-1

$3,000

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Golf (Wall Plaque) Polychromed ceramic, c. 1930-1 Signed with the artist's initials: VS recto Format: Round ceramic plate, 11 1/4 inches Designed by the artist while working for Cowan Pottery in 1930. One of Cowan's clients, an interior designer, requested plates decorated with different outdoor activities. Others in the series included "Swimming," "Tennis," "Polo," and "The Hunt." According to Henry Adams, the number of examples created was very limited due to the closing of Cowan Pottery in 1931. Very rare Condition: Good, with the usual craquelure of the glazes used. Note: Industrial design democratizes high style, and Mr. Schreckengost was widely considered among the most democratic industrial designers. He made, quite literally, the stuff of life — things found routinely in homes, backyards and garages in this country and around the world. He designed bicycles for Sears and everyday china for American Limoges. He designed children’s toys and pedal cars; flashlights, furniture and fans; lawn chairs, lawn mowers and golf carts; baby walkers and artificial limbs. In 2006 Mr. Schreckengost was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest cultural honor. His work is in the permanent collection of major museums, including the Renwick Gallery, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Schreckengost belonged to the first great generation of American industrial designers, which included luminaries like Russel Wright, Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond Loewy. The lights of New York did, however, inspire his most famous piece, the “Jazz” bowl, commissioned by an anonymous client in 1930. Originally trained as a ceramicist, Mr. Schreckengost was then working for the Cowan Pottery Studio in Rocky River, Ohio. One day he picked up what looked like a routine order for a punch bowl with a New York theme. The client, a woman named Eleanor, was delighted with the bowl, Mr. Schreckengost learned. Her husband, Franklin, liked it too. Mrs. Roosevelt, then the first lady of New York State, ordered two more “Jazz” bowls from Mr. Schreckengost, one for her home in Hyde Park, another for a house on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that she fully expected to occupy in 1933. Widely photographed, the “Jazz” bowls are considered signal examples of Art Deco style. In 2004 Sotheby’s sold one of the $50 bowls at auction for $254,400. New York Times, Obituary, Feb. 2, 2008

Details

  • Artist
    Viktor Schreckengost (1906, American)
  • Creation Year
    1930-1
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)Width: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Fairlawn, OH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FA73271stDibs: LU1406864022

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