Lot # 102
Spring 2013 - 2nd Session Live auction

Emily Carr
BCSFA CGP 1871 - 1945 Canadian

Klee Wyck Dogfish Bowl
painted ceramic sculpture circa 1924 ~ 1926
signed Klee Wyck
5 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 2 in  14 x 13.3 x 5.1cm

Private Collection, Toronto

Maria Tippett, Emily Carr, A Biography, 1979, page 136

Emily Carr signed her ceramic works Klee Wyck, meaning “Laughing One”, a name given to her by West Coast First Nations people. She was involved in all the stages of making her ceramic objects, which included candlesticks, lamp bases, totems and vessels. She dug blue clay from the Dallas Road cliffs, bringing it home in her wicker pram. After molding her objects by hand, she fired them in her homemade backyard kiln. Each firing of this primitive kiln required Carr’s oversight for 12 to 14 hours, and she declared it caused her much “agony, suspense, sweat”. Finally, native designs were applied to the work with enamel paint. In this colourful ceramic piece, Carr inventively painted her dogfish motif into the curve of the bowl as though it is coiled up in its sea environment.
As well as selling her work in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Banff, Carr found a market in Eastern Canada – at a craft sale in Toronto, the Château Laurier in Ottawa and the Canadian Handicraft Guild in Montreal.

Estimate: $6,000 ~ $8,000 CAD  
Sold for: $7,020 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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