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    Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2008)
    The Seasons (Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring), 1938
    Glazed earthenware
    18 inches high (45.7 cm)
    Incised signature to each: VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST

    H. Adams, Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2000, pp. 54-5, illustrated p. 55;
    H. Adams, Viktor Schreckengost: American Da Vinci, Tide-Mark Press LTD., Windsor, Connecticut, 2006, p. 51.

    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "20th May Show," May 4 - June 12, 1938 (Special Award for Ceramic Sculpture);
    Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, New York, "7th Ceramic National Exhibition," 1938;
    San Francisco, California, "Golden Gate International Exhibition," 1939;
    San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, California, 1940;
    Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 1940;
    Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1940;
    Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, 1940;
    John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1940;
    University of Indiana, 1940;
    Houston, Texas, 1941;
    San Antonio, Texas, 1941;
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design," November 12, 2000-February 4, 2001.
    Delaware Art Museum, 2006;
    Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts, "Viktor Schreckengost Legacy Exhibition," March 21-May 16, 2008.

    Viktor's technical notes record the following: "SUMMER: Modelled directly in red clay. White & Blackbird slip. White & turquoise borax glaze. FALL: Modelled directly in red clay. Blackbird engobe & white slip. White & turquoise borax glaze. SPRING: Modelled in red clay. Green engobe. White & Blackbird slip. White & turquoise borax glaze in spots. WINTER: Modelled directly in red clay. White slip on face. Blackbird clay. White & turquoise glaze."

    Viktor modelled each of these majestic heads with their mysterious mask-like faces directly in red clay. He differentiated the individual seasons they represented through applied ornamentation-such as twinkling ice crystals for Winter and prominent leaves and clusters of mature flowers for Summer. In addition, he gave each personification a different skin color through a coat of slip: a sharp white for Winter, gentle green like a new shoot for Spring, ruddy suntan for Summer; and deep bronze for Fall. When sculptor Waylande Gregory, an advisor for the 1939 New York World's Fair saw these magnificent sculptures, he urged Viktor to make a proposal for four similar ceramic heads to be displayed in the United States Building at the fair. Viktor responded with the show-stopping The Four Elements which were installed on ten-foot-high pedestals with beams of light streaming from their eyes.

    Condition Report*: Each Season has been observed under black light. Summer has a hairline crack to nose bridge and by the incised signature, light firing cracks to the braids and restoration to the end of the leftbraid; professional restoration by Larry Sisson to the hair ornamentation of Fall, missing flake of glaze to one of the ornamental acorns; Readhered leaf to Winter's verso and minor missing chip to one of the stars; Missing tip to one of Spring's budding branches, full restoration of the calla lily to the right side.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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