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Paul Soldner

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Paul Soldner, American, (1921–January 3, 2011)
Bottle with Face (Sophia Loren), c. 1958-1959
Stoneware
17 in. x 12 in. x 8 in. (43.18 cm x 30.48 cm x 20.32 cm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 92.1.94


Commentary
"[A] precursor of [Soldner's works in the 1980s and 1990s] is seen in Bottle with a Face (Sophia Loren), 1958-1959, in which Soldner pinched the neck and hit the side of the pot...The face on the pot, inspired by Sophia Loren and drawn in a loose, Picasso-esque manner, introduces the theme of the female figure, which re-emerges in the popular imagery of Soldner's later wall sculptures of the 1960s."
(Mary Davis MacNaughton, Revolution in Clay, 1994, pg. 64)

Marks
"PS 15" on bottom.

Medium
Thrown partially glazed stoneware with drawn face as decoration; slab formed neck.

Object Description
Bottle, in taupe, with face in black.

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