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Teardrop Bottle

A work made of earthenware and glaze.

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  • A work made of earthenware and glaze.

Date:

1963

Artist:

Gertrud Natzler (American, born Austria, 1908–1971)
Otto Natzler (American, born Austria, 1908–2007)
Los Angeles, California

About this artwork

Gertrud and Otto Natzler’s artistic relationship was highly collaborative: Gertrud created the forms of their earthenware pieces, while Otto formulated and applied the dramatic glazes. The couple’s dignified Teardrop Bottle epitomizes the harmonious synthesis between form and glaze that the Natzlers so often achieved. The brown, smoky gray, and mottled yellow tigereye glaze fuses with the graceful form of the body, which Otto described as “ascend[ing] slowly upward with a slight curve, as if turning onto itself, only to change direction faintly just before ending.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Gertrud Natzler

Title

Teardrop Bottle

Place

Los Angeles (Object made in)

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1963

Medium

Earthenware and glaze

Inscriptions

Signed bottom, hand-lettered in black: "NATZLER"; adhered to bottom, printed paper label: "M 633".

Dimensions

Top: Diam.: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.); Base: Diam.: 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.); 25.1 × 11.1 × 10.8 cm (9 7/8 × 4 3/8 × 4 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Francis Clow Thayer, Alschuler Philanthropic Fund, and Mary Louise Womer

Reference Number

1963.1162

Extended information about this artwork

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