Yesteryear Here

Circa: 1960-1964
Manufacturer: Annemarie Davidson, Sierra Madre, California
Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart.

This 6 inch wide octagonal low dish or bowl, most likely from 1960-1962 time, is unusual for the fact that all the jewels are the same color, pink. Each jewel has lines laid over it, creating a fascinating pattern. This plate features a central motif of three large pink jewels surrounded by a three groups of three smaller pink jewels each.

The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails in a very early hand-drawn version which features a curving D, not the later very rectangular D. As well, there is the standard gold paper label Davidson used. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. Excellent condition.

The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.

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