RUPERT DEESE (1924 - 2010)
Bulbous vase with circles, Claremont, CA; Glazed stoneware; Chop mark; 9 3/4" x 8"; Provenance: Private collection, California
Sale Price: $1,875
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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.