Palm Beach Modern Auctions
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Modern + Contemporary Art & Design

Sat, Mar 4, 2023 12:00PM EST
Lot 41

Large Jack Earl Sculpture, Smoking Man

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

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Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Jack Earl (b. 1934)
Marking(s); notes: signed, marking(s); 1981
Country of origin; materials: American; ceramic, metal
Dimensions (H, W, D): 71"oah, 18.5"w, 18"d assembled (sculpture: 46.5"h, 18.5"w, 13"d; table/base: 24.75"h, 18"w, 18"d)
Additional Information: The sculpture and its base can be separated for storage/transport. Provenance: Private Collection, Palm Beach, Florida. "The subjects of Earl’s porcelain sculptures generally are based upon the circumscribed lives and lifestyles of people in his own culturally isolated, small-town world in Ohio. Typically, his ceramic personalities are engaged in humdrum activities in vernacular surroundings. But while he represents life in rural Middle America, he does not depict it from the disassociated vantage point of a social commentator, satirist, or folklorist. Instead, Earl revels in his role as an active participant in ordinary affairs, and while he often pokes fun in his art, he always remains a sensitive recorder of the human condition." (source:

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May 2023 Modern & Contemporary Art, Design & Luxury


very good, some paint splashed on buttocks, base shows patina/oxidation and distressing inherent to the work

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