The Pongrass Collections
I started piecing this collection together in 1972, acquiring the finest objects I could with the funds I had. I wasn’t rich, so I had to search for ways to add each piece to my collection. There are some remarkable objects from the Torricelli Mountains District, Trobriand Islands, Wosera District, Highlands Districts, Asmat and Dani Tribes, and other Sepik Rivers villages. Many pieces come from the most well know collections, collectors and museums around the globe i.e., Webster, Hooper, Oldman, Davidson, Umlauf, Friede and more.
The creation of porcelains began over 2000 years ago in the ancient city of Chang Nan (China), later changed to Jindezhen. Contemporary porcelains created by the few Master Ceramists of Jindezhen, today are considered some of the finest on the planet. Styles range from the early QingHua (Blue & White) to the Gao Wen Yao Bian (High Temperature Glaze) which can only be found in Jindezhen.
Mata Ortiz Pottery
Mata Ortiz pottery is the recreation of traditional pottery works from the historic Paquime archeological site in Chihuahua, Mexico. In the early 60’s, Juan Quezada is credited with its revival and development of pottery making. Today Juan is considered the Master potter in Mata Ortiz. His works and other members of his family are in countless museums and private collections worldwide.
There are two superb and rare objects dating to the early dynasties, Warring States Period and the Tang Dynasty A small but fine collection of Qing Dynasty wood panels and very fine carved panel of the “Eight Immortals” from the late Ming to early Qing Dynasty. An ancient neolithic jade pendant from the HongShan Culture, dating back some 8000 years.
Modern & Contemporary Art
The collection of modern and contemporary fine art dates back to the 40’s with pieces from noted artists, Matta, Seligmann, and Bruher. Other works by American artists, Wray, Kerstetter, and Poston. Western and Eastern European artists to name a few, Ledent and Van Den Bogerd, and a number of Texas artists who gained recognition beginning in the 70’s are represented in the collection.
Art Glass & Crystal
The collection of Art Glass and Crystal consists of objects from such noted artists as Kjell Engman and Bertil Vallien of the world famous Kosta Boda Studios. The other part of the collection consists of limited edition objects from the Daniel Swarovski Collection.
The Esoteric Collection
This collection is very diverse. From fine art jewelry by the famous Dutch artist, Anneka Schat. The Krone “Abraham Lincoln” pen containing his DNA; Death masks from a disbanded turn of the century religious commune. The collection also contains a one-of-a-kind sterling silver model of a “Bradley Fighting Vehicle” by David Sciacca. A collection of copper engravings from the 1777 Voyages of Captain James Cook.
Art and Artifacts for Sale
I hope you enjoy browsing my collections, please feel free to inquire about any pieces that you have an interest in.
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