Set of Four Candlesticks by Durant Kilns
Set of four candlesticks in a brilliant Persian turquoise with gold glaze accents by Leon Volkmar for Durant Kilns. Be sure to see our companion Durant Kilns pieces.
Begun in 1910 by Jean Rice, the Durant Kilns in Bedford Village, New York enjoyed many distinguished potters. This studio art pottery firm was formed with Jean’s former ceramics teacher, Leon Volkmar (1879-1959). Some of its earliest wares were elegantly shaped white faience. However, more stunning were the brightly colored turquoise blue and yellow glazed wares inspired by Near Eastern ceramics and developed through the ingenuity of Leon Volkmar.
A special triumph of Durant Kilns firing produced glazes that ran during firing but stopped short of dripping off the vessel. This arrested motion of the glaze formed an underside ringed with glaze droplets like that found on some Song Dynasty tea bowls.
Several early works by the Durant Kilns were acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, soon after they were made. When Jean Rice died in 1919, Volkmar assumed control of the business.
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