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Blue Lustre Double Necked Bottle with Braided Decoration

ca. 1969 Beatrice Wood Born: San Francisco, California 1893 Died: Ojai, California 1998 glazed earthenware 9 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (22.9 x 15.0 x 15.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dorothy and George Saxe 1995.78.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


Luce Center Quote

“Beatrice Wood combines her colors like a painter, makes them vibrate like a musician. They have strength even while iridescent and transparent. They have rhythm and the luster both of jewels and of human eyes. Water poured from one of her jars would taste like wine.” Anais Nin quoted in Artforum, January 1965

Luce Center Label

The spouts of this bottle look like two human figures, holding hands across the round body that separates them. Beatrice Wood included relief sculptures of fish, one of her favorite animals to sculpt, and a lion’s head on the jar, which has been glazed in blue and purple luster. Wood began to decorate the surfaces of her pots with relief sculptures after encountering pots finished in this style during a trip to India in 1962.

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware

About Beatrice Wood

Born: San Francisco, California 1893 Died: Ojai, California 1998

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