For your consideration, a wonderfully fanciful ceramic vase by the noted American artist Harold Landaker (1892-1966) . The vase measures 6 ¾" tall and 4" wide, and in excellent vintage condition save for several areas of chipped crackle glaze, which is common to most of Landaker's crackle glazed works (see photo). It is signed "Landaker Origianl Ceramics". The vase is a very rare example of Landaker's ceramics, and very much in keeping with his animated film aesthetics; the work features a bubble-eyed angelfish in a flambé glazed and controlled drip background. The piece is wonderfully artful and unique from every angle. A masterwork from an American original! This piece will make a very cherished addition to your collection of mid-century ceramics (looks killer in a modernist environment).
Harold Landaker was born in Ohio on December 12, 1892. His early studies included time spent at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the husband of artist Mabel Holtz Landaker. He met his wife to be at the Art Institute of Chicago. They spent quite a few years afterwards traveling with a circus. Both were involved in painting sets, and decorations for the circus environment. Landaker moved to Southern California in 1940 where he landed a job with MGM studies. In the mid to late 1940's Landaker relocated to the Monterey Peninsula where he joined the Carmel Art Association. His wife, Mabel, was also a member. He became very active in the local art scene, and finally settled in the small town of Pacific Grove. He is well known for his whimsical renditions of circus characters, birds, and other animals. Landaker died in Monterey on November 6, 1966.
Source: Edan Milton Hughes, Carmel Art Association Archives, Doris O. Dawdy
Books listing this artist:
Davenport, Ray Davenport, Gordon's Art References, 2003/2004 Edition, 2133 pages, no color, Artist listed on page 1138
Artist's In California: 1786-1940, Edan Milton Hughes, 2003, 2 Volumes, 1249 pages, no color, Artist listed on page 654
Who Was Who In American Art, Peter Falk, Sound View Press, 1999 3 Volumes, 3724 pages, no color, Artist listed on page 1936
Artists of the American West, Volume III, Doris Dawdy, Swallow Press, 1985, 568 pages, no color, Artist listed on page 258
Carmel Art Association: A History, Betty Hoag McGlynn, Carmel AA, 1987, 63 pages, no color, Artist listed on page 59