Harding Black, San Antonio, TX C1940-1990
Superlative Harding Black studio tile trivet portraying a friar gazing at a picturesque Southwestern-style mission. The signed 1944 piece dates from the period when Black was experimenting with advanced glaze formulas. Here we see the extraordinary range of rich, clear colors achieved by this consummate artist. Not content to showcase his glaze mastery, the design is also distinctive, as the viewer approaches the majestic hilltop mission from a low, humble vantage point. This piece is a perfect example of the seamless blend of esoteric glaze technologies and traditional, romantic Spanish-Mexican influenced imagery for which Harding Black’s tiles are prized by collectors throughout the world. This is from Norman Karlson’s collection and can be seen in his Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Region 4, page 41.
6″ square x 1″ thick
Great condition; tiny glaze pop from the kiln does not take away from the value
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