Elizabeth Fritsch - Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad New York Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Edward Lucie-Smith, Elizabeth Fritsch: Vessels from Another World, Metaphysical Pots in Painted Stoneware, London, 1993, illustrated p. 64

  • Catalogue Essay

    British ceramist Elizabeth Fritsch initially studied as a classical harpist and pianist before she taught herself to hand build pots in her London kitchen. Following this interest in ceramics, she studied at the Royal College of Art under Hans Coper and Lucie Rie. During her time there, Fritsch became a pioneer of modern ceramics alongside her peers Alison Britton and Jacqui Poncelet. This group of progressive women ceramicists explored radical new forms and surface decorations and favored experimentation over the more traditional utilitarian forms that had previously characterized British ceramics. The present offering evidences Fritsch’s ability to create optical illusions through her hand-painted surface decorations as well as her propensity for striking yet delicate hand-built forms. Elizabeth Fritsch’s work belongs to the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among others.

Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad

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"Blown Away" cup

circa 1991
Stoneware, colored slips.
9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) high

Estimate
$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $15,120

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Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad

New York Auction 8 June 2022