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Bovano 9 inch Confetti & Jewel ashtray
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Harold Tischler 5 inch square jewel bowl

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Gerte Hacker 5 1/2 inch wide green triangular Dahlia bowl Done by well known enamel artist Gerte Hacker of Cleveland Ohio, this 5 1/2 inch wide green triangular bowl is from her #200 Dahlia line. It features the use of gold lines to create the petals of the dahlia flower and a central area of white, black, red and turquoise small dots or jewels to create the center of the flower. There is a white edge like on Edward Winter's pieces. The back is counterenameled in a rich reddish brown color and her full name is signed in gold.

The piece is in excellent condition and a good investment as signed enamel pieces are taking off in today's marketplace.
Circa: 1950s-1970s
Manufacturer: Gerte Hacker, Cleveland, OH  

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Bovano early rectangular jewel dish Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this is an early Bovano design and decoration. This item may well be from the transitional period of 1953 when the firm had just succeeded Brower as this shape of ashtray and type of jewels is more characteristic of Brower pieces than later Bovano pieces.

The ashtray measures 8 3/4 inches long x 5 1/3 inches wide. It is counterenamled in a gold and greenish brown color which is different from the later black Bovano counterenameling. The label has a different smaller B in a different font than most later Bovano pieces. It carries the same words: Handcrafted by Bovano of Cheshire Conn.

This ashtray has 7 variegated jewels, carefully arranged in a line. The layout of the colors and sizes of the jewels is perfectly symmetrical. The ashtray is in very good condition though there appears to be wear a stress line or two. A very interesting item from a great firm.

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Manufacturer: Bovano, Cheshire, CT  

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Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012), Sierra Madre, California

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Annemarie Davidson octagonal pink jewel plate Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart.

This 6 inch wide octagonal low dish or bowl, most likely from 1960-1962 time, is unusual for the fact that all the jewels are the same color, pink. Each jewel has lines laid over it, creating a fascinating pattern. This plate features a central motif of three large pink jewels surrounded by a three groups of three smaller pink jewels each.

The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails in a very early hand-drawn version which features a curving D, not the later very rectangular D. As well, there is the standard gold paper label Davidson used. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. Excellent condition.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.
Circa: 1960-1964
Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson, Sierra Madre, California  

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Annemarie Davidson enamel orange Jewel bowl Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart. Now in her late 80s, she no longer produces work today as of 2011 I have been told.

This 9 inch diameter low bowl, most likely from the 1960-1961 time period, is a good example of an earlier piece as it does not features the lines usually found in the Jewel line. It also has a very unusual arrangement to the glass Jewels. This plate features 3 large yellow gold jewels separated by 3 smaller light and darker pumpkin orange jewels, all symmetrically arranged on the plate in a triangle between each major Jewel. This particular example is unusual in that the two colors of jewels used are not in high contrast to each other as on many of her pieces.

The back of the plate has the remnants of the gold paper label and is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiial. The label would have read Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. This particular signature is an earlier one based on the fact that the curves at the right top of the letter D are not perfectly square as on her later signatures.

It is in very good vintage condition with just two tiny areas of rim roughness. It is a scarce piece from her early period.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.
Circa: 1960-1961
Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson, Sierra Madre, California  

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Annemarie Davidson unusual pink jewel plate Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart. This plate is highly unusual as it does not feature the radiating lines of many of her plates. Instead there is a speckled background of pink and white.

This 5 3/4 inch plate, most likely from the 1961-1962 time period, is unusual for its color and type of jewels used. This plate features 9 oblong clear jewels around a larger rectangular jewel with rounded corners. The shape of the plate mirrors the central jewel with its rounded corners. It is very unusual to have a plain background. The use of clear glass for the jewels is highly unusual.

What is interesting about this particular plate is the geometric placement of the jewels.

The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined initials. Due to the very square corners of the letter D, I feel this plate is from the 1961-1964 time period. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. Excellent condition.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.
Circa: 1961-1964
Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson, Sierra Madre, California  

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Annemarie Davidson mid-century Jewel plate Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart.

This 7 51/2 inch wide round low dish or bowl, most likely from 1958-1960 time, is unusual for the technique used on this piece. The center red jewels have blue lines laid over them, which is not the same technique that she used later on her more well known Jewels series.

This plate features a central grouping of three deep red jewels surrounded by three sets of three smaller yellow jewels. On her very early pieces, one sees concentric lines around the center of the piece. I have to believe these were intentional as there is a line leading all the way to the edge of the piece. This circular maze type pattern is seen on other very early piece. This would be considered a Grooveline pattern as well though the grooves are hard to see as the overglaze fills them in.

This plate is very similar to the one shown on the cover of the tri-fold brochure for the May 2 - August 15, 2004 exhibit titled The Enamels of Annemarie Davidson. The exhibit was composed of 33 examples of the artist's work and are all in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, 20 of these works were donated directly by Davidson to the museum.

The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails in a very early hand-drawn version which features a later rectalinear D. As well, there is the standard later gold paper with the black line. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. Excellent condition overall. There is one small spot of the front rim where the enamel has come off, but it is very small and does not detract from the piece. However with that minor damage, I am offering the piece for about what I paid for it.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.
Circa: 1958-1960
Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson, Sierra Madre, California  

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Annemarie Davidson 6" Grooveline bowl Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart.

This 6 inch wide low bowl is unusual for its pattern. It is a very freeform mix of her usual controlled Grooveline pattern and small specks of gold on the red background.

The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails but lacks her usual her paper label which reads Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. It retains its original three felt pads. Excellent condition.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.
Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson  

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Annemarie Davidson triangular Grooveline dish Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart.

This 6 1/4 inch plate, most likely from the 1961-1962 time period, is unusual for its form, triangular. This plate features 3 large yellow jewels and 3 smaller yellow jewels. The underlying copper color can be seen near the edges. A prominent Palm Springs CA dealer James Elliot-Bishop on his website has named this pattern as Grooveline.

The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails and her paper black line label which reads Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. Excellent condition.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.
Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson  

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Annemarie Davidson enamel bowl Annemarie Davidson learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart.

This 6 inch wide low bowl is unusual for its motif. It is a two tone overlapping snowflake or American Indian design. This plate features orange and brown areas on a gold background.

The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails and her paper label which reads Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. It retains its original three felt pads. Excellent condition.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.

Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson  

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Bovano, Cheshire, CT

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Bovano 9 inch Confetti & Jewel ashtray Bovano 9 inch Confetti & Jewel ashtray:

Made by placing small bits of colored glass and one larger chunk of colored glass on the gold ground before firing, the final result is a geometric abstract pattern I have named "Confetti & Jewel". Bovano of Cheshire CT made many Midcentury enamel items from 1952-1964 in these abstract designs before shifting their production to more realistic three dimensional stand alone sculptures and wall pieces. This great 9 inch dish has rests to use it as an ashtray. These days, one can use it as a catch-all or a candy dish.
Circa: 1952-1964
Manufacturer: Bovano, Cheshire, CT  

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Bovano midcentury Green Flowers mod ashtray Bovano midcentury Green Flowers 4 rest ashtray:

Produced by the Bovano company of Cheshire CT between 1952-1964, this 6 1/2 inch wide square ashtray is in the same design as my previous post of the 15 inch "Red Flowers" plaque. I have named this stunning variation "Green Flowers" Abstract red flowers with orange centers. Abstract green flowers with gold centers. The back is counter enameled in black as well. I first saw this pattern in a 2004 issue of Modernism magazine. Bovano recently ceased production. This piece is available at Five Corners Antiques in Essex Junction Vermont. The back is counter enameled in black as well.
Circa: 1952-1964
Manufacturer: Bovano, Cheshire, CT  

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Bovano small early studio jeweled dish Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this is an early Bovano design and decoration. This item may well be from the transitional period of 1953 when the firm had just succeeded Brower as this size of dish and type of jewels is more characteristic of Brower pieces than later Bovano pieces, especially the rare use of white jewels.

This small dish measures 2 1/2 wide. It is counterenamled in a gold and greenish brown color which is different from the later black Bovano counterenameling. Though it has no label, I carries the inscribed name of Mary Decker, as did the two companion pieces I bought at the same time, each with a Bovano label on it.

This dish has 4 variegated jewels, carefully arranged, in a circular pattern. The layout of the colors and sizes of the jewels is perfectly symmetrical. The ashtray is in excellent condition. A very interesting item from a great firm.

Add it to your Mid Century enamel collection today.
Manufacturer: Bovano, Cheshire, CT  

Your Price: $12.00
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Bovano enamel triangular 8 inch wide Sunburst Dish Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this 8 1/2 inch wide enamel plate features what I have named the Sunburst pattern which consists of alternating rays of 4 colors coming out of a asymmetrically placed focal area of small enamel jewels in the same 4 colors. The back is done in the typical black counterenamel Bovano uses and the gold circle label which reads Handcrafted by Bovano of Cheshire Conn. The original felt pads are missing. It is in excellent overall shape with only one stress fracture on one side of the triangle when held to the light. Add it to your Mid-Century Enamel collection today.
Manufacturer: Bovano, Cheshire, CT  

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Bovano 5" Snowflake blue enamel ashtray Produced by the Cheshire Conn firm of Bovano in the 1960s, this little gem of an ashtray featuers a robin's egg blue background with raised jewels in the pattern of a snowflake. There is a black line which is part of the design which gives the impression of a Christmas ornament. The darker blue enamel jewels have purple jewels among them and at each point of the star. It carries the original Bovano gold paper label on the back. It is in excellent condition. Use it as a bonbon dish or just a great accent piece in your Mid-Century decor.
Manufacturer: Bovano, Cheshire, CT  

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Tischler small low pink gold bowl signed Measuring 4 1/4 inches wide, this bowl by Mid-Century enamelist Harold Tischler clearly shows the influence of Edward Winter. Like Winter, he studied at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule from 1927 to 1932 under such greats as Michael Powolny and Josef Hoffman. In fact, It is Tischler who is credited with getting Edward Winter accepted into the school, according to the information on page 275 of the Painting with Fire exhibit companion catalog produced the the Long Beach Museum of Art, whose groundbreaking seminal exhibit opened in January 2007.

In 1935, Tischler visited Winter in Cleveland. During the visit he saw Winter's signature enameling method of immersing the metal in liquid enamel to achieve better coating than simply sifting powdered enamel on the surface. Tischler quickly also adopted this methold which accounts for the similarity in design between the two men's works.

His work was featured in the 1970 Edward Winter book called Enamel Painting Techniques. He died in 1993 at age 100.

This piece features pink ground with striations of gold on its front. The back is counter-enameled in robin's egg blue and is signed in white block letters H. Tischler. It is in excellent condition.
Circa: 1932-1993
Manufacturer: Harold Tischler  

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Harold Tischler 5 inch square jewel bowl Measuring 5 inches square, this bowl by Mid-Century enamelist Harold Tischler clearly shows the influence of Edward Winter. Like Winter, he studied at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule from 1927 to 1932 under such greats as Michael Powolny and Josef Hoffman. In fact, It is Tischler who is credited with getting Edward Winter accepted into the school, according to the information on page 275 of the Painting with Fire exhibit companion catalog produced the the Long Beach Museum of Art, whose groundbreaking seminal exhibit opened in January 2007.

In 1935, Tischler visited Winter in Cleveland. During the visit he saw Winter's signature enameling method of immersing the metal in liquid enamel to achieve better coating than simply sifting powdered enamel on the surface. Tischler quickly also adopted this methold which accounts for the similarity in design between the two men's works.

His work was featured in the 1970 Edward Winter book called Enamel Painting Techniques. He died in 1993 at age 100.

This piece featuresa yellow background. The center has an asymmetrical array of jewels in colors of red, blue, purple, pumpkin orange, and chartreuse on a pink groiund. The sides have stripes or rays coming from the edge down into the center. The whole plate was probably striped before the pink center and jewels were applied. The back is counter-enameled in green and chocolate brown and is signed by incsing the words H. Tischler. It is in fair vintage condition. As often happens with enamel pieces with sharp corners, there is some wear to the back of the piece at the corners and 2-3 chips at the edge of the back. On the front, three of the corners have no damage and one has a slight loss of enamel. Buy it in not perfect condition and add a piece of Harlold Tischler's work to your collection.
Circa: 1935-1993
Manufacturer: Harold Tischler  

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Win Ng 4.5 inch blue jewel small dish Made by well-known San Francisco artist Win Ng and signed with his name and San Francisco, this beautiful 4 3/8 inch wide low bowl is a masterpiece of enamel. A Chinese American gay artist, Win Ng (1936-1991) was the subject of a recent 2005 retrospective at the Chinese Historical Society of America.

Win Ng worked in enamel early on in his career. His primary work was in ceramics and fine art. He later partnered with Taylor to create the well-loved and collectible series of Animal Orgy mugs as well as high end kitcheware which carried the Taylor Ng mark.

This particular bowl has a deep blue and gold flecked background onto which various sized jewels in shades of cobalt blue, pink, green and red. What is unusual is that the red and blue jewels were fired as a second layer over the first, giving the piece incredible depth. The rim and the back was left in its original copper with no counter-enameling and carries his cursive Win Ng signature as well as the letter number combination B4. The piece is signed San Francisco as well, much like the way pioneer California enamelist Jade Snow Wong signed her pieces. There are some areas on the back of enamel loss due to rubbing, but the front is in excellent condition and is a good early example of Win Ng's career. Add it to your Mid Century enamel collection today.
Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Win Ng, San Francisco CA  

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Win Ng 4" blue gold jewel small dish Made by well-known San Francisco artist Win Ng and signed with his name and San Francisco, this beautiful 4 inch wide low bowl is a masterpiece of enamel. A Chinese American gay artist, Win Ng (1936-1991) was the subject of a recent 2005 retrospective at the Chinese Historical Society of America.

Win Ng worked in enamel early on in his career. His primary work was in ceramics and fine art. He later partnered with Taylor to create the well-loved and collectible series of Animal Orgy mugs as well as high end kitcheware which carried the Taylor Ng mark.

This particular bowl has a deep blue and gold flecked background onto which various sizedjewels in shades of cobalt blue, orange, yelow and light blue have been added. The rim the natural copper color. The back was left in its original copper with no counter-enameling and carries his cursive Win Ng signature as well as what I suposse are the Chinese characters for his name. The piece is signed San Francisco across the top of the back, much like the way pioneer California enamelist Jade Snow Wong signed her pieces. The piece is in very good condition and a good early example of Win Ng's career. Add it to your Mid Century enamel collection today.
Manufacturer: Win Ng, enamelist  

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