Posts Tagged ‘Mavis McClure

07
Dec
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Modern Furniture and Decorations

20th Century Modern Design Specialist Greg Favors:
“Many in the art world consider Mavis McClure to be one of the most talented figurative artists of the decade.  She is also self taught which I admire.  These would work great in a garden, living room or foyer.  I look at the pair as one piece and I believe this was also the intention of the artist.  But if you wanted to break them up or display the statue as pieces that might also be interesting.”  Lot 3444, $8,000-10,000.

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Fine and Modern Furniture and Decorations and Fine Jewelry
Auction: Friday, December 7, 2012
Previews: November 30 through December 2

17
Sep
12

Please School Me on McClure

My name is Laura and I’m a writer here at Michaan’s Auctions.  I am fortunate to be able to see beautiful works of art on a daily basis when I come to work.  My appreciation runs deep, however my knowledge does not.  Some key phrases from me as I gaze upon works of art:

“Oh, that’s pretty.”

“How interesting.”

Mavis McClure sculpture heads and torsos

Mavis McClure sculpture heads and torsos

“That would look great in a kitchen.”

Alas, some art works require a bit more explanation.  I’d seen these body parts wandering around Michaan’s for about a week now.  First they were laying on the ground.  Then I saw some torsos and legs being photographed.  I decided to investigate.  I needed to talk to my friend Greg Favors, also known as Michaan’s Auctions 20th Century Modern Design Specialist.

“Greg, what’s up with these?  Where are the heads?”

“Look over there Laura.”

“Oh.  Why is this made in pieces like this?”

“The whole piece is quite large, too large for a kiln.  So, it must be fired in separate pieces and assembled afterward.”

“I see.  Can you tell me about the artist?”

Mavis McClure legs sculpture

Mavis McClure legs sculpture

“Mavis McClure has a signature style that I recognized when I saw these sculptures. She is known for her larger-than-life figures with exaggerated hands and feet.  I knew my hunch was right when I saw her first name stamped on the bottom of a foot of the statue.  Many in the art world consider her to be one of the most talented modern figurative artists of the decade.  She is also self taught which I admire.  I was really lucky to find these.”

“How would you use these in a living space?”

“They would work in a garden, living room or foyer.  I look at the pair as one piece and I believe this was also the intention of the artist.  But if you wanted to break them up or display the statue as pieces that might also be interesting.”

“The weirdo in me says display them in pieces.  When will these be up for auction?”

“In the fine auction on December the 7th.  We have both of the statues estimated at $8,000-10,000.”

“Thanks Greg.”

“No problem.”




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