Lot 649: Wain (Louis). Lucky Futurist Cat spill vase, Max Emmanuel & Co., circa 1914, slipcast, modelled in the form of a stylised cat in cubist form, seated with one paw raised, glazed in green and yellow, with hand-finished face and 'meow, meow' notes on the body, Louis Wain signature impressed and painted to side, impressed registered number '637134' and Louis Wain trident stamp to base, height 12.5cm (5ins) Rare. A contemporary reviewer wrote 'The futurist cat is the very latest thing in freak ornaments. It has been evolved from the fertile brain of Mr. Louis Wain, the inimitable cat expert, whose idea of applying the tenets of futurism to the construction of china cats has resulted in the creation of some truly wonderful feline fancies... It can be said at once that if not exactly things of beauty, they are a joy for ever.' (see Dale, pp.77-79) (1)
Dominic Winter's Children’s & Illustrated Books Auction June 2015
Thursday, 11th June 2015
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