Gertrud and Otto Natzler - The Betty Lee and Aaron Stern Collection New York Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Christie's East, New York, "20th Century Decorative Arts" December 8, 1998, lot 34

  • Exhibited

    "Natzler," Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, October 4-November 13, 1977, then traveled to: Scottsdale Center for the Arts, November 25-December 31, 1977, Northern Arizona University, January 19 - February 17, 1978

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot was thrown by Gertrud prior to her death and posthumously glazed by Otto.

  • Artist Biography

    Gertrud and Otto Natzler

    Austrian • 1908 - 1971 (Gertrud), 2007 (Otto)

    Gertrud and Otto Natzler met in Vienna in 1934. Gertrud was studying ceramics, and quickly became adept at throwing. Otto was at first infatuated with Gertrud, and quickly thereafter with experimenting with glazes. Within two years of meeting they had established a studio together. In 1938, the same year in which they were married and awarded a silver medal at the Paris International Exhibition, Nazi Germany annexed Austria and they left Vienna for California. They soon returned to their practice, with Gertrud throwing the delicate forms that Otto would then glaze.

    Over almost forty years, Gertrud created increasingly sophisticated and thin-walled pottery and Otto continued to refine his developments with glazes. Exhibited and appreciated in their own time, their work was hugely significant to the emergence of American studio ceramics in the second half of the twentieth century, as well as a testament to collaboration and dedication to craft.

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Closed-form vase

completed 1975
Black earthenware, "dark peach blossom" glaze with craters, melt fissures, smoke marks and elephant skin.
6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) high
Underside signed with NATZLER/+ and with original inventory label printed O584.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $6,000

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The Betty Lee and Aaron Stern Collection

New York 17 December 2013 10am