Blue Lustre Double Necked Bottle with Braided Decoration

  • Beatrice Wood, Blue Lustre Double Necked Bottle with Braided Decoration, ca. 1969, glazed earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dorothy and George Saxe, 1995.78.4

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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.

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“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

Title
Blue Lustre Double Necked Bottle with Braided Decoration
Artist
Date
ca. 1969
Location
Dimensions
9 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (22.9 x 15.0 x 15.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dorothy and George Saxe

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed earthenware
Classifications
Object Number
1995.78.4
Palette
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