This pitcher is stamped on the underside G. The vase is 6" long x 3" wide x 4 high which is large for Ohr's pottery. The pitcher's exterior is covered in a brown glaze with hints of gunmetal throughout while the interior is brown with a very faint transparent olive glaze. Ohr never duplicated a form so this piece is one of a kind.Although we can trace many innovations to George Ohr, none is as important as his very baroque embrace of unsymmetrical form. The term'baroque' - literally translates to'misshapen pearl' which is an apt metaphor here. This pitcher was originally chipped on one side but Ohr decided to glaze over it and use it to add complexity to the form. Viewed from above the piece is quite vaginal in form - the fact that it was damaged but given new life has great resonance when one remembers that 5 of Ohr's 10 children died in childbirth.
The sheer complexity of this form is apparent when you look at the photos... Every angle is completely different from the next. This is the sign of a very strong piece. If George Ohr pottery is rare then Ohr pottery with cut-out handles are especially rare.Basically, when he was making the form he collapsed two of the thin clay walls together and then cut out a hole that the hand would be able to grip the pitcher with. This technique of creating an'in-built' handle had never been done before in the history of ceramics. This was because no one had ever potted such pliably thin walls as Ohr but also because Ohr's conception of an'art pot' (or a pot with aesthetic value but without practical value) allowed him to make beautiful but impractical handles like this. Having talked to the dealer there, I was informed that he was in possession of 4 pieces of Ohr pottery that had been in a family's collection since the late 1970's. From this statement I think we can deduce that this piece came from Jordan-Volpe Gallery in Manhattan which was the most important dealer in arts & crafts objects at the time. This piece comes from a good home - the last picture is of my George Ohr Collection. This piece is 100% guaranteed original Ohr... Not fake or reglazed like so many other pieces.
If you need any more pictures of the piece please let me know. Ohr's work can be found in museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and of couse the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi Mississippi. The item "George Ohr Pitcher c.
1897 Rare Biloxi Arts & Crafts Pottery Guaranteed Authentic" is in sale since Sunday, August 19, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Studio/ Handcrafted Pottery". The seller is "picturesandpottery" and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped worldwide.