1962 Rose Cabat "Feelie" Vase
You said you found this at a thrift shop?
Yeah, thrift shop.
In Lincoln, Nebraska.
And how long ago did you find this?
It's been about five years, probably.
And you bought it inexpensively, is that right?
Probably in the three-dollar range.
That's inexpensive. I thought I knew what it was when I saw it. I thought it was a European vase, maybe Rörstrand or one of the Scandinavian companies. But as soon as I touched it, and it made this sound when I put my hand over it, and I realized that this was called a "Feelie" vase, by Rose Cabat. And I looked at the bottom, and sure enough, there's an "R" with a "C," which is a Rose Cabat mark I've never seen. There's also "E" there, which I suspect means it's Ernie, her husband, who threw the pot, I'm guessing, on this one. But she has become rather famous for her "Feelie" vases, which are these globular vases with little necks like this, and you kind of want to touch them, and when you do, and you run your hands over them, it makes this really scratchy sound. The glazes really invite being held. This is the earliest one of these I've seen, and you pointed out to me that there was a date of 1962, so it really marks the earlier part of her career. This is unusually large, unusually early. Conservatively, if I was going to auction this, my estimate would be $1,250 to $1,750. It's a really good piece, it's a great three-dollar find.
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