Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM CDT
Art & Design
Sale 129 Lot 174
four-panel Polo Folding Screen, circa 1935
crayon, watercolor on paper on board
overall: 70"w x 68"h; each panel: 17 1/2"w
The Estate of Yolande Gregory (artist's wife), Warren, New Jersey
The Collection of Jay and Barbara Belding, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia, 13 February through 29 September 2013; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 16 November 2013 through 23 March 2014; Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio, 01 May through 27 July 2014
The 1930s Jazz Age Sculpture of Waylande Gregory, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, New York, 13 February through 18 May 2021
Folk, Thomas C., Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramic Sculpture, American Art Review, vol. 25, no. 2 (March-April 2013), p. 102 (illustrated)
Folk, Thomas C., Waylande Gregory, Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse, 2013, p. 133 (illustrated)
Polo was an important theme for Waylande Gregory. During the 1930s and 1940s, he would go to Schley Field in Far Hills, New Jersey to see various equestrian events, including polo, sulky, etc. Some of these events were on local aristocrats' social calendars. Although Gregory loved horses, and sculpted them regularly, he was indeed looking for wealthy Far Hills area clients to support his work. Gregory also made a series of small-scale polo ceramic sculptures as well as a well-regarded polo dinnerware set that was featured at Rena Rosenthal's prestigious decorative arts gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City.
This folding screen is accompanied by a copy of Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse (2013) by Dr. Thomas C. Folk.