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Dating from 1980-81, this extraordinary work by Betty Woodman is a ceramic pitcher glazed in light green, blue, yellow, and magenta, with undulating lines and expressive taches forming the vessel’s alluring, painterly surface.

Producing utterly unique works at the crossroads between sculpture, painting, and decorative art, Betty Woodman is the only living ceramics artist to have received a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her sophisticated, exuberant work is represented in dozens of museums worldwide, including the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

"Minoan Pillow Pitcher" measures 17 x 18 x 14 inches (43.2 x 45.7 cm).

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Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Christie’s, New York, December 10, 1997 [Lot 507]; Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY; Private collection, United States
  • Pickup Location: Missouri, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 18 x 14 in. (43.18 x 45.72 x 35.56 cm.)
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