RUPERT DEESE (1924 - 2010)
Three bottle-shaped vases, Claremont, CA; Glazed stoneware; Chop mark to each; Tallest: 9 1/4"; Provenance: Private collection, California
Sale Price: $750
Estimate: $650 - $950
Rupert Deese's ceramics may, at first glance, appear to be the work of Harrison McIntosh. One cannot blame the viewer, as the two ceramicists shared a studio for over fifty years. Upon closer inspection, however, Deese's creations reveal themselves to be slightly more organic with softer edges, rounder shapes, and delicate washes of color. Similar to his friend and colleague, each piece is impeccably crafted and gorgeously fired.