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  • Catalogue Essay

    In Paul Klee’s painting of 1932 entitled ‘Fruit’ there is on the right-hand side a small element of similar shape with a painted cross, and from this Baldwin created ‘Klee vessel 1’ and then developed a series of ‘dancing vessels’. Gordon and Nancy Baldwin share a keen interest in the ballet, and so the theme has a personal relevance. This first version is the simplest, suggesting a dancer in a plain shift balanced on one foot (actually a very small base), and one can imagine the figure extended into space in an arabesque.

 

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‘Klee Vessel No.1 – Dancing Vessel’

2002
Earthenware, blue-grey slip over a textured body, cut cross-shaped aperture.
49.5 cm. (19 ½ in.) high
Painted and incised with ‘GB 2002’.

Estimate
£2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for £4,375

Design

28 April 2010
London