Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2008)
    Abstract Still Life, 1936
    Glazed and painted slip-cast ceramic American Limoges Manhattan platter
    15-1/4 inches diameter (38.7 cm)
    Painted signature to verso: VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST
    Multiple gallery labels and show records adhered to verso

    Cleveland School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "Faculty Show," 1936;
    Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, New York, "6th Ceramic National Exhibition," 1936;
    Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1936;
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 1936;
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1937;
    San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, 1937;
    Los Angeles Country, Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, 1937;
    San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, 1937;
    Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, Washington, 1937;
    Rorimer Brooks Studios, Cleveland, Ohio, 1937;
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, 1938;
    Cleveland Society of Artists, Cleveland School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 1938;
    Courvoisier Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1938;
    Student Gallery Exhibition, Cleveland School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 1948;
    Cleveland Society of Artists Show, Cleveland, Ohio, 1949

    The body of this slip-cast platter is a commercial blank from the American Limoges pottery in Sebring, Ohio where Viktor and his brothers Don and Paul were all working at the time he decorated the piece. During the mid-1930s, Viktor sometimes used American Limoges blanks such as this one, in the Manhattan form, for personal ceramic work he produced at home. The three brothers had built a studio behind the family house in Sebring which they outfitted with a decorating kiln so that they could fire their bisque-fired and underglazed pottery there. Viktor decorated such works by hand, as he did here in a vaguely Cubistic still life design. The work would then receive a top glaze and another firing.

    Viktor's object notes record: "PLAQUE: Ivory, underglaze; yellow edge, bottle & fruit."

    Condition Report*:

    Crazing throughout, minor loss of clear glaze to the extreme edge.

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