"RARE & MONUMENTAL MODERNIST STONELAIN ART POTTERY FIGURE OF A ROOSTER DESIGNED & HAND-DECORATED BY GWEN LUX" (ca. 1940's)
Approximately 13 inches (height), signed “Gwen Lux” under the roosters tail feathers, Stonelain Pottery maker’s mark on bottom. Excellent condition.
Gwen Lux (American artist, 1908 - 2001) gained prominence during the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s as one of the great “American Modernist.” Lux, in affiliation with the historic Associated American Artists of New York City, produced artwork for publication by the Association. The Association produced pottery under the Stonelain label from the late 1930’s to around 1952.
Many of the pieces were decorated by important American artist of the time such as Thomas Hart Benton, Doris Lee, Marion Greenwood, Georges Schreiber, Alexander Archipenko, Joseph Hirsch, Carl Walters, Adolph Dehn, et al., and of course Gwen Lux. Master potters William Soini and Fraces Server handled the technical aspects of the pottery production. It’s their intertwined “SS” initials found inside the Stonelain maker’s mark on the base of many pottery pieces, including this piece.