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Post by Grumpy Grandad on April 27th 2020, 1:47 pm

Does anybody recognise the style of this beast? It's 14" high and only 3" across the base so one has to be careful where it's displayed. The body is roughly finished and is quite sharp in places.
Possibly it's emulating archaeological finds or finds from ancient shipwrecks with encrusted surfaces.

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Post by philpot on April 27th 2020, 2:48 pm

Rough bodied. I think you have just said it. It just does not look a professional piece. ie A piece that has been designed to sell, so one can make a living. Its just too crude. Hobby potter? Apprentice?
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Post by NaomiM on April 27th 2020, 6:24 pm

Maybe a liquor bottle; could have had a stopper?

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Post by Grumpy Grandad on April 27th 2020, 6:29 pm

Thanks Phil. I didn't really expect it to be by a 'name', but I don't really know enough about this kind of thing to always tell the work of a skilled potter making deliberately imperfect* pieces from that of the amateur at the limit of their talent.
As with a lot of the pieces I own, it's the imperfect, almost primitive or folk-artsy look that appeals to me with one.

*by which I don't literally mean 'imperfect', just pieces that are not perfectly symmetrical with all clean lines and precise decoration, but instead have apparent flaws or blemishes that deliberately built in as part of the design or concept.
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Post by NaomiM on April 27th 2020, 6:32 pm

“Brutalist” forms were very popular in the MCM era

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Post by Grumpy Grandad on April 27th 2020, 6:42 pm

NaomiM wrote:Maybe a liquor bottle; could have had a stopper?

It would need a lot of liqueur to fill that bugger! I haven't checked but I'd estimate it would hold a good 1.5 - 2 litres. I certainly can't see it being a commercial piece for a liqueur company, the sharp protuding bits are just too dangerous. They're not damaged in any way, they were made that way, and are really sharp enough to cut through skin if one is careless and grips it too hard or lets it slip through the fingers. I wouldn't want to be knocked on the head with it, either. It's not only sharp, it's bloody heavy, too.

MCM? Mid-Century Modern?
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Post by NaomiM on April 27th 2020, 7:13 pm

Yes, Mid Century Modern

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