Jun 20, 2024 10:00 EST

Stage & Screen

 
Lot 535
 

535

The classic "Jazz" Bowl by Viktor Schreckengost for Cowan Pottery
Circa 1931

Viktor Schreckengost for Cowan Pottery

Art Deco Black and Egyptian Blue Glazed Earthenware "Jazz" Bowl. Of classic form, with a deep bowl and slightly flared mouth, decorated on the exterior side with jazz-age symbols, including a champagne bottle, cocktail glasses, ocean liner, skyscrapers, men playing cards, cymbals, bass drum with the word JAZZ, etc., signed with the artist's signature on the champagne bottle's label VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST and impressed on the underside COWAN and with the company symbol. Height 8 3/8 inches, diameter 14 inches.

A rare example of Viktor Schreckengost's iconic Jazz Bowl for Cowan Pottery. Originally commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt when her husband was governor of New York, the design of the bowl was intended to reflect the exciting nightlife of the city in the Jazz Age. The bowl was produced in three versions and the example offered here is from the third variant. According to the artist, only twenty examples of this variant were produced. In all three variants, a total of approximately seventy-two Jazz Bowls were produced. The third variant differs from its predecessors in that it is smaller, it was made using a casting technique, which made its production more economical, it is a different shape, and it is signed with the artist's name on the label of the champagne bottle. The imagery is the same on all three variants. Fifty examples of the first variant were produced and only two or three of the second variant were made. The second variant differed from the first and third variants in that the interior side of the bowl was also decorated. The Jazz Bowl was made in four variant colors, namely, black, guava yellow, melon green (only two known examples) and Egyptian Blue, which was the most common. Only one example is currently known that was made in multiple colors. In 2006, Viktor Schrenkengost reissued his Jazz Series in collaboration with a team of fifteen students in the ceramics department at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Viktor Schreckengost Foundation, most likely in honor of his 100th birthday. An example executed in 2006 from the reissued series and belonging to the Schreckengost Family measuring 11 3/4 inches high and 17 1/4 inches in diameter was sold at auction in New York City in 2020. It was signed, numbered and had a VSF tag number issued by the Viktor Schreckengost Foundation.

The present is a rare offering of this iconic work of the Jazz Age.

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$15,000 - $25,000
 

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Viktor Schreckengost for Cowan Pottery

Art Deco Black and Egyptian Blue Glazed Earthenware "Jazz" Bowl. Of classic form, with a deep bowl and slightly flared mouth, decorated on the exterior side with jazz-age symbols, including a champagne bottle, cocktail glasses, ocean liner, skyscrapers, men playing cards, cymbals, bass drum with the word JAZZ, etc., signed with the artist's signature on the champagne bottle's label VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST and impressed on the underside COWAN and with the company symbol. Height 8 3/8 inches, diameter 14 inches.

A rare example of Viktor Schreckengost's iconic Jazz Bowl for Cowan Pottery. Originally commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt when her husband was governor of New York, the design of the bowl was intended to reflect the exciting nightlife of the city in the Jazz Age. The bowl was produced in three versions and the example offered here is from the third variant. According to the artist, only twenty examples of this variant were produced. In all three variants, a total of approximately seventy-two Jazz Bowls were produced. The third variant differs from its predecessors in that it is smaller, it was made using a casting technique, which made its production more economical, it is a different shape, and it is signed with the artist's name on the label of the champagne bottle. The imagery is the same on all three variants. Fifty examples of the first variant were produced and only two or three of the second variant were made. The second variant differed from the first and third variants in that the interior side of the bowl was also decorated. The Jazz Bowl was made in four variant colors, namely, black, guava yellow, melon green (only two known examples) and Egyptian Blue, which was the most common. Only one example is currently known that was made in multiple colors. In 2006, Viktor Schrenkengost reissued his Jazz Series in collaboration with a team of fifteen students in the ceramics department at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Viktor Schreckengost Foundation, most likely in honor of his 100th birthday. An example executed in 2006 from the reissued series and belonging to the Schreckengost Family measuring 11 3/4 inches high and 17 1/4 inches in diameter was sold at auction in New York City in 2020. It was signed, numbered and had a VSF tag number issued by the Viktor Schreckengost Foundation.

The present is a rare offering of this iconic work of the Jazz Age.

There is a non-professional restoration to a chip at the top rim edge; there are a few scattered small flake losses to glaze, including to the top rim edge and bottom foot rim, not of great consequence; there is crazing to the glaze and scratch/scuff marks to the interior bottom side of the bowl, commensurate with age and usage; there are scattered areas on the exterior side of the body where staining has penetrated through the glaze (this may, however, be intentional coloration to create shading or shadows, i.e., in the making); the bowl is "out of round," i.e., the width is 14 inches across in one direction and 13 1/2 inches across in the opposite direction; the bowl does not appear to have any hairline cracks to its body, however, when gently struck it has a dull thud sound, i.e., it does not resonate, suggesting perhaps an undetected condition issue; not black lighted

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Auction: Stage & Screen, Jun 20, 2024

 

  • Popular Stage & Screen Auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am

  • Memorabilia, Autographs, Artwork & Photographs of the Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance

  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will host the popular Stage & Screen auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am. Fans and collectors around the world will be delighted by the exciting offerings celebrating the performing arts of Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance.

Highlights include:

  • The Collection of Mad Men Actor Bryan Batt (Sal Romano)
  • A rare example of the Viktor Schreckengost 'Jazz Bowl'
  • The master script for the stage direction of Pippin
  • A quotation from Over the Rainbow and a Judy Garland photo inscribed to Harold Arlen
  • Items signed by Elvis Presley and John Lennon
  • A Sandy Duncan Peter Pan costume
  • Al Hirschfeld illustrations and materials from the Harlem Renaissance
  • An early draft script of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Early music items by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini
  • Original costume designs for Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn by Edith Head

The Entertainment Community Fund
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The Collection of Stephen Sondheim
Exhibited concurrent with Stage & Screen on June 14 – 17 will be The Collection of Stephen Sondheim. Read More

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