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KAREN KARNES (1925 - 2016)

Large jar, Morgan, VT; Salt-glazed stoneware; Impressed KK; 7 1/2" x 8 1/2"; Provenance: Collection of Sue and Malcolm Knapp

Sale Price: $1,250

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Condition Report

Some minor flakes to rim of base.


“We buy art because it would be very difficult to live without it.” – Malcolm Knapp

Founder and CEO of the New York-based consulting firm Malcolm M. Knapp, Inc., Mr. Knapp provides strategic planning, quantification of industry trends, forecasting and marketing research/analysis to clients in the foodservice industry. He has delivered industry forecasts to the National Restaurant Association and also advised the U.S. Census Bureau on segment categorizations for the past 33 years, and is quoted regularly on hospitality issues in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Time, Fortune, and other trade publications.

He and his wife, Sue, collect art with the overarching themes of humor and beginnings. Beginnings refers to their preference of owning works made at the early stages of an artist’s career, when creations tend to be more vigorous and energetic. This tenet is perhaps best expressed by their early Dale Chihuly set (lot 1603). Humor is readily apparent in lot 1547, the David Gilhooly Canadian Mountie-themed frog bowl, and their eye for quality is evident in each of their lots, from a beautiful Burgun Schverer cameo glass vase (lot 1230) to a sleek, modern Judy McKie chest (lot 2372). The Knapps were part of the vanguard of the contemporary crafts movement in the United States, with some of their collection being featured in the 1982 exhibition ''Approaches to Collecting: Profiles of Recent Private and Corporate Collections” at the American Craft Museum in New York (now The Museum of Arts and Design).

Other pieces from their collection are featured in our Modern Ceramics and Glass session: lots 1517, 1522, 1547, 1559, 1574, 1575, and 1576.