Posts Tagged ‘porcelain’

New Auction record for Chinese Porcelain


A wonderful piece of porcelain, a rare wine cup fired at the Ming dynasty kiln was sold at auction for $36 million dollars at the famed Sotheby’s Auction House located in Hong Kong yesterday.

The last cup was sold in 1999. Only four cups are known to be owned by private collectors.

As you can see in the picture below, its called a chicken cup for the artwork appearing on the side:


In this clip a closer look at the cup in question:


Its been awesome to see the flood of money flowing toward Asian and Chinese art. I enjoy watching the Antiques Roadshow when jade items come up for question. Many times the item might be a rhino horn or jade and go for six figures!


Artist of the moment…George Segal….

Lets take a closer look at the great American sculptor George Segal. Segal was born in New York city in the year 1924. Segal is associated with the Pop Art movement.

Segal was married to his wife Helen from 1946 until his death in 2000.

For most of his life Segal lived on as chicken farm. The farm was located in New Jersey.
Segal lived on the farm from the early 1950s until he died in 2000.

The artist was most prolific as a photographer during the later years of his life.
Segal was important to the career of the artist John Cage. Cage was not only a
superb minimalist painter, but also a composer and song writer.

Segal had many art events at his farm, they were known as happenings.

In 1999 Segal was given the National Medal of the Arts.

For his collegiate studies Segal attended many well known art institutions including
Pratt, Cooper Union, New York University, and Rutgers studying art and earning a
teaching degree.

Price range info: Larger works such as Chance Meeting can break the
$600,000 mark. Segal was prolific and many works from small works
in plaster, serigraphs, pastel,and etchings can be found for less than four
thousand dollars.

In this clip we  see a wonderful work about people standing in line waiting for food in the midst of the Great Depression. Though the viewer might think that the people are sad or depressed, like a Kathe Kollwitz etching, the  people seem just to be waiting patiently.

Like the great Andy Warhol Segal enjoyed taking photographs. In this clip we see some of his work with the lens.

I love the way Segal is able to capture the essence of the person, similar to one of my favorite sculptors Duane Hanson. Hanson was able to capture an exact moment in time with people from the 60s and 70s. Awesome likeness with vintage clothing. Here is a great example of Duane Hanson’s style with a self portrait of himself featuring a model. Hanson lived from 1925 until 1996, I have blogged about him before.


In this clip we visit some more sculptures by George Segal and interpret the moods of the characters. That is what I enjoy most about the artist, you can’t tell the mood of the character from a distance!

Segal was known mainly as casting works with plaster. He also did some great work with cast paper and vacuum formed plastic. Very unique interpretations!

In this clip we visit a sculpture installation on a college campus dealing with circus acrobats by George Segal.