Rose Cabat Glazed Vase, ca. 1950
Well, it was in a box of trash, and I rescued it. It was just interesting. I was going to throw it away. As a matter of fact, I rescued it again about a week ago out of a box that was going to Goodwill.
So it was thrown away twice?
It was thrown away twice, and I brought it to finally find out if I can throw it away.
And if we look at the piece, there is a mark on the bottom, and it says "Cabat." Rose Cabat is a potter, originally from the Bronx in New York and moved to Arizona and started potting sometime after World War II, making a lot of craft-oriented ware: birdcages, bells, bowls. Not what she became known for later. She makes these globular pieces called feelies. They're bulbous pieces with little pinched tops with these great, fine crystalline glazes on them. But early on, when she made the transition from utilitarian ware to vases, probably in the '50s, she started making pieces that looked like this, and there are not that many of them out there. It's distinctive in several ways which you don't see in her later work. The form is not quite globular, it's more of a vase form, it's got these deep incisions into the body of the clay, and the glaze is flowing. I think this is a really interesting, formative piece of Rose Cabat's work. On top of that, it's really pretty sexy. The condition's great, it's a fun little piece. If I was to estimate this in an auction catalog, I would estimate it for between $1,500 and $2,000. Really.
(laughing) Oh, my goodness! In the garbage.
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