Jerry Rothman (1933-2013; USA)

Black Lidded Vessel

ca 1984

Porcelain; ht. 15, wd. 11.5, dp. 17.5 in.  

Rothman was one of the group who came out of the ceramics department at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in the 1950s under the tutelage of Peter Voulkos, taking part in a movement that would become known as the “Clay Revolution” in the 1950's and 60's. This piece, from the 1980's, shows Rothman at his peak. Using a porcelain he invented himself, he would surface the works in a gloss gun-metal glaze (also his own invention) and create these table-top tureens of power and poise. Few have been offered at auction and this piece is exceptional.

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