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Motorcycle Mama

20th c
11 in. x 19 in. x 13 1/2 in. (27.94 cm x 48.26 cm x 34.29 cm)

Viola Frey, American, (August 15, 1933–July 26, 2004)

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Melba and Al Langman Collection, gift of their family
Accession Number: 2006.140

Frey's early work, of which "Motorcycle Mama" is a fine example, is intimate and stage-like in its tableau format. Seemingly oblivious to the squalor and disarray surrounding them, the two figures in this little domestic drama are seated in chairs in a room. A motorcycle tire is swept under the carpet like so many stray dust bunnies or only-half-hidden family secrets.

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Earthenware Sculpture

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  • H: 11; W: 19; D: 13 1/2 inches Dimensions: 11 x 19 x 13 1/2 in. (27.94 x 48.26 x 34.29 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Melba and Al Langman
    Role: donors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: November 28, 2006

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