Unique Kenneth Price 'Geometric' Cup could raise $150,000 toast at sale

Following the success of Cowan's, Clark and DelVecchio's June 4 ceramics sale, the firms have announced their third sale which will take place on November 4-5.

The two day sale will be held at Hotel 71 in Chicago. The event features pieces from well-known ceramics and craft artists from around the world.

The sale is divided into two sections. The first section, held on November 4, features Legends: Material Masters, and will be limited to 50 masterworks post-1945.

Highlights in the sale include a Kenneth Price Geometric Cup, and a stack pot by Peter Voulkos titled Siguirilla.

The second section, on November 5, is titled Modern Ceramic Art and Design and will consist of primarily studio ceramics from such artists as Lucie Rie, Wayne Higby, and Rick Dillingham.


The Kenneth Price Geometric Cup, estimated at $100,000-150,000

This Kenneth Price Geometric Cup is estimated to bring anywhere between $100,000-150,000.

A well known American ceramic artist, Kenneth Price studied ceramics under Peter Voulkos. Price is best known for his abstract shapes constructed from fired clay.

The cup has been a fascination for Price since he began making functional pottery in Los Angeles in the early 1950's, eventually joining Voulkos at the Otis Art Institute in 1957.

Price's series "Geometric Cups", to which this work belongs, was created in Taos, New Mexico between 1972 and 1973 and is considered to be on the top rung of this artist's oeuvre.

"The most sought after of Ken Price's works are his geometric cups and none have come to the auction market for several years. We are very excited to be offering this one in our November 4 auction," said auctioneer Garth Clark.

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