18th Nov, 2022 11:00 EST

Modern and Contemporary Craft: Selections from the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection

 
  Lot 7
 

7

Clair Colquitt (American, b. 1945)
"Mass Murder Loving Cup", USA, 1968

Glazed and painted earthenware
Transfer text to front panel: "Mass Murder Loving Cup, 1968"
Impressed seal to top of base: "Double Shaker"
Otherwise apparently unmarked

H: 31 1/8, W: 21, D: 14 1/2 in.

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Property from the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection

Sold for $441
Estimated at $700 - $900


 

Glazed and painted earthenware
Transfer text to front panel: "Mass Murder Loving Cup, 1968"
Impressed seal to top of base: "Double Shaker"
Otherwise apparently unmarked

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Property from the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection

Artist Biography

A fixture in the Seattle, Washington arts community, artist Clair Colquitt is known for his mixed-media and mechanized works, including the infamous "Bumbershoot" quintcycle -- a propeller-driven five-wheeled functional cycle topped with three umbrellas. The Bumbershoot became heavily identified with its presence at Festival '73 in Seattle, a public arts and music festival that had only been inaugurated two years prior. Seattle arts leader Anne Focke had chosen the Bumbershoot name that year as a rebranding of the festival, to some local consternation; its success as an alternative arts festival is due in part to its incorporation of irreverent local art like Colquitt's mechanism, and the festival continues to this day. Colquitt received his M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Washington, and the same experimental sensibility and willingness to engage in social and political commentary through art is evident in his ceramic work. Colquitt was a 1977 resident artist at New York State's Artpark program in Lewiston, New York, and his ceramics are held in the collection of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York.

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