Saturday, June 9

Titian's Stonehenge and Lascaux caves decoration

The Stonehenge glaze was used extensively in conjunction with a design Cam Brown adapted from prehistoric art found in the Lascaux Caves in France.
Foreground, B116 (Bowl number 16)
To my knowledge Titian only used ONE cave art stencil, which was derived from the image in the following link:
Un-numbered Titian lamp base
These designs are so redolent of the 1960s and it is such a high quality art glaze that I am certain they will be sought after by collectors of New Zealand pottery and mid-century design for years to come.
The above tennis sets are said to have been experimental and therefore un-numbered, according to the antique dealer in Auckland from whom they were bought years ago.

As with any topic, it you write a blog aiming for comprehensive coverage, occasionally you'll strike something that is a little bit controversial - even with Titian pottery!!! At the risk of getting into trouble with some collectors, I'm sticking my neck out here: The thing that needs to be said is that there are quite a lot of vases with cave art decoration sold as Titian, which are not. Even Gail Henry was caught out when she illustrated a vase as Titian, which I think is likely to have been made in Japan in the 1960s. You can find this mistake on page 11 of the colour photography section of her book (between pages 192 and 193 of the main text of her 1999 work). There are often vases from this foreign manufacturer sold as Titian on Trademe. The confusion is understandable because of the similar themes. However, the foreign vases have shapes that Titian didn't produce, along with different brown tones, and an attempt at producing a Stonehenge glaze that does not measure up to the quality of the effect Titian got. I have yet to see a Titian Lascaux pot with a stencil decoration different from those illustrated above.

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