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Collection Fina Gomez, 30 years of contemporary ceramics, Part II

3 - 13 Jul 2023

Paris, Avenue Hoche

Fance Franck

Bol à grand pied, 1972

The Fina Gomez collection of Modern Ceramics sale Part II, which brought together ceramics by various artists including a large selection of ceramics by Cristina Merchán, was 98% sold by lot (100% by value) on Thursday 13 July on ĊaĊaThe top lot was a stoneware sculpture with mineral elements and ash glaze entitled Monumental champignon by Elisabeth Joulia which sold for €25,600. The sculpture had a pre-sale estimate of €2,000-3,000.ĊaĊaThe 160-lot sale made a total of €200,128.ĊaĊaBol à grand pied (Large footed bowl) executed in 1972 by the American artist Fance Franck was sold for €10,880 (estimate: €500 - 700) which is a world record price for the artist. A 1970’s sculpture made of glazed stoneware by Nadia Pasquer sold for €9,600 against an estimate of €500-700 also a world record price for a piece of ceramics by the artist.This exceptional collection illustrated Gomez’s taste for contemporary ceramics from the 1960s to the 1990s. The first 64 lots by Cristina Merchán were all exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1991 during a landmark exhibition under the direction of Yvonne Brunhammer.ĊaĊaAmong the selection of 77 works by the Venezuelan artist and ceramicist, Cristina Merchán offered at auction, Animal de Forêt (Forest Animal), 1961, a beautiful modelled and enamelled bronze-green stoneware was sold for €3,520 against an estimate of €2,000 to €3,000. Born in 1926 in Venezuela, Cristina Merchán first studied painting before becoming passionate about ceramics. ĊaĊaWorks by Pierre Culot, who worked in the workshops of renowned potters such as Bernard Leach, have been celebrated: a rectangular section vase, 1980s, in sandstone mounted in slabs, matte and shiny enamel was sold for €5,120 and a second one made €4,480 against an estimate of €1,000-1,500 each. Robert Deblander was also represented with a Vase boule sold for €6,080, twice its pre-sale estimate of €2,000-3,000 and a large 1980’s vase sold for €3,840. ĊaĊaMarcus McDonald, Director of Design at Bonhams, said: "The first part of the Fina Gomez collection last November achieved some great prices and set records for Claire Debril, Geofrrey Doonan, Anne Kjaersgaard, Cristina Merchán, Val Barry. This second part was a renewed tribute to Fina Gomez who loved and collected ceramics throughout her life. These works have become historically important pieces and have been recognized today as masterpieces. A third part is planned to be sold in 2024.ĊaĊaOther highlights of the sale included:Ċa• A rare Sauterelle (Grassshopper) made of glazed porcelain by Jean Girel sold for €3,520 against an estimate of €500-700.ĊaĊa• A miniature vase, circa 1983, in porcelain, manganese and cobalt blue glazes with sgraffito design by Lucie Rie sold for €5,760 against an estimate of €2,000-3,000.

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