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Live Auction

Winter Southern Estates and Collections: Session I

Tue, Feb 13, 2024 10:00AM EST
Lot 78

Polia Pillin (1909-1992) Large Bowl with Horses

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Sold for

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$0 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
$300,000 $10,000

Property from a Savannah, Georgia Estate


Polia Pillin (Polish/American, 1909-1992) Large Glazed Ceramic Bowl with Horses, signed on the base, depicting a woman with bird, child with balloon, woman on horseback and a black and white horse, all on a brown ground.

Polia Pillin was a Polish painter and potter known for her distinctive ceramic pieces. Painted with delicate images of women, horses, and birds, her works have a whimsical quality reminiscent of the French-Russian artist Marc Chagall. “In short, humble clay becomes a medium for painting,” Pillin said. “The limit of which is defined only by the zeal and inspiration of the artist.” Born Polia Sukonic in 1909 in Poland, she immigrated with her family to the United States at age 15. She went on to study sculpture and painting at the Jewish People’s Institute in Chicago. In 1927, she met her future husband the Ukrainian immigrant poet William Pillin. The artist and her husband moved to Los Angeles in 1948, where she transformed their garage into her pottery studio. She died in Los Angeles, CA in 1992. Today, her works are held in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Fine Art and the Syracuse Museum of Fine Art. (Artnet)

Measurements: Height: 10 1/2 in. x Width: 15 1/2 in.


Good condition, hairline from rim into background above white horse with tiny frit just below rim (not immediately noticeable).

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