Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 116

Lot 116


Lot 116 Details


height 3.5" — 8.9 cm., diameter 6" — 15.2 cm.
impressed seal mark

Estimate $75-$100

Realised: $108
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Born in 1939, Charmian Johnson received her formal training in drawing and graphics in the Department of Art Education at the University of British Columbia, under Jim MacDonald and Bob Steele. She is renowned for her tea bowls, porcelain boxes, ikebana dishes, gargoyles and platters, with exquisite glazes and unpretentious forms. She returned to painting in 1978, producing a series of pen and ink drawings.

Johnson has taught drawing and art education within the public school system as well as at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Claridge Collection, Montreal, QC

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1989 Flora: Drawings by Charmian Johnson, Vancouver Art Gallery, BC
1987 The Gargoyle Factory Does Not Often Appear, Terra Cotta Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1985 An Exhibition of 99 Bowls by Charmian Johnson, University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2004 Thrown: Influences and Intentions of West Coast Ceramics, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
2003 Genius Loci, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON
2002 Charmian Johnson and Ron David, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Tenmoku: Iron Rich Glazes in Canadian Use, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, ON
2001 The Chosen Ones, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON
1999 All About Blue - The Colour that Changed the World, Vancouver Museum, B
Exhibition of Botanical Art, American Association of Horticulturalists and Botanical Gardeners, Hotel Vancouver Ballroom, BC
Efflorescence I, Clay and Glass, The Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC
1998 Made by Hand Silver Edition 1998, Craft Association of British Columbia, The Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC
1997 The Canadian Collection, A.P.E.C. Conference, Government of Canada, Vancouver, BC
1996 The Grass Menagerie, Surrey Art Gallery, BC
1995 World Tea Party, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1994 The Taste of Several Times, The Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC
Botanical Art ’94, University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens, Vancouver, BC
Go Figure, The Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC
1993 Jugs, Pitchers, Dippers, and Metaphors, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC
1991 Choosing Clay, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC
Botanical Art ’91, University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens, Vancouver, BC
1989 Johnson, Sivet, Grant, Galerie Franklin Silverstone, Montreal, QC
1988 Working throught the Gray Scale, Surrey Art Gallery, BC
Tea Anyone, Grand Forks Art Gallery, BC
1983 Sensibilities: Unexpected Multicultural Harmonies, Museum of Anthropology,
1979 Planate Occidentalis: 200 Years of Botanical Art in British Columbia, University of British Columbia Botanical Society, exhibited at: Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; Museum of Natural Sciences, National Museum of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario,; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Albert; B.C. Provincial Museum, Victoria, B.C.


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LOT 116

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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