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LOT 125

1871 - 1945

Klee Wyck Ceramic Bowl
ceramic sculpture, circa 1924 - 1926
signed Klee Wyck
2 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in 5.1 x 14.6 x 14.6 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $21,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Charles S. Band, Toronto
Estate of Helen E. Band, Toronto
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 26, 2009, lot 238
Private Collection, Vancouver

Maria Tippett, Emily Carr: A Biography, 1979, page 238

In 1924, Emily Carr, to supplement her income, produced crafts such as hooked rugs and pottery. For the pottery, she used clay that she dug herself from locations such as Dallas Road in Victoria. In a homemade kiln in her back yard, she fired her hand-built clay objects, which included candlesticks, totems, bowls, pots and lamps. These single-fired objects were then painted with a variety of Indigenous motifs, such as the bear motif that dominates this bowl. She signed her clay objects Klee Wyck, a name given to her by the Nuu-chah-nulth people of western Vancouver Island, which meant “Laughing One.” The original collector of this work, Charles S. Band, corresponded with Carr between 1936 and 1945, and he supported her by acquiring several of her most important paintings. Maria Tippett wrote, “In March - April 1937 the Art Gallery of Toronto, motivated by the enthusiasm of Charles Band, gave Emily a solo exhibition of some twenty paintings.” As with all works collected by Band, each is the best example within the context of the artist’s oeuvre, and this is a superb larger-scale ceramic by Carr.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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