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Beatrice Wood Early Large Signed Mid-Century Modern Low Bowl Plate, circa 1940s



An exceptionally rare and fine early piece by famed American ceramist Beatrice Wood featuring a dynamic and unique design. The colors illuminate like stained glass under the glaze when lit. Signed by Wood on underside with her early signature "BEA". Provenance: Originally gifted by Beato to Elizabeth Wilbur Stewart (Ojai, CA), both were close personal friends in Southern California. Would be an amazing and rare addition to any collection of her work or a fabulous stand alone piece in any setting. Know famously in the arts world as "The Mama of Dada", Wood lived a long (1893-1998) and very fruitful, creative life and is consider by many experts and collectors alike to have been a centerpiece in the modern ceramic art movement of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. At one point in her career, Wood studied with master potters Otto and Gertrud Natzler and later become famed in her own right for her distinct luster glazing techniques. In 1994, the Smithsonian Institution named Wood an "Esteemed American Artist". Her other awards include: 1994 Governor’s Awards for the Arts (California) 1993 Recognition as A Role Model by Women in Film 1992 Gold Medal for Highest Achievement in Craftsmanship, American Craft Council 1988 Distinguished Service Award, Arizona State University 1987 Fellow of American Craft Council Women’s Art Caucus, National Award (NCECA Award) 1986 Women’s Building Award 1984 Living Treasure of California 1983 Symposium Award of the Institute for Ceramic History 1961 Goodwill Ambassador from USA to India – exhibition and lecture tour Her works can be found in many prominent collections and museums including: Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York Detroit Institute for the Arts, Detroit, Michigan Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Museum of Arts and Design, New York Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, New York Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey Oakland Museum, Oakland, California Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England Dimensions: 2.5" high, 12.5" diameter A rare and unique piece.


  • Creator
    Beatrice Wood (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 2 in. (5.08 cm)Diameter: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In very good vintage condition with no discernable flaws, cracks chips, etc... (please see photos). Some firing cracking to glaze (as designed) and one to the underside in the making. An aesthetically pleasing and unique piece overall. Riveting.
  • Seller Location
    Studio City, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2254315029322

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