Monday, May 10, 2010
Sculpture and Louis Sullivan Architectural Reliefs.
I may not always know exactly what I'm looking at, but I do know when it's good.
This house in NE Portland is a beauty. Set into the hillside, it looks out to downtown Portland and the western hills. Sunsets and dramatic night lights.
The drama begins at the front gates. Custom metalwork, clean, a perfect foil to the fantastic architectural terra cotta relief set into the south facing wall. David Bales looked at my photo and said "Louis Sullivan. Either a damn good reproduction or the real deal." As soon as he said it, I recognized that curious thistle-like acanthus at the top and bottom of each panel as Sullivan's.
The paired shallow reliefs are wonderful. At least 36 inches tall, matt white glaze, and in perfect condition. Click on the photo for an enlargement.
Makes you really want to know their history, no?
Probably from a building in the early 20th century in the Chicago area. What building? How'd they get from there and then to here and now? History Mystery and aren't they beautiful?
The work we do lives on.....