Peter Shire

(b. 1947)
Lot 32
Peter Shire
Boca Ratton #21
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $3,750
October 18, 2020
Lot 33
Peter Shire
End table
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,062
October 18, 2020
Lot 34
Peter Shire
Untitled (Teapot)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,625
October 18, 2020
Lot 35
Peter Shire
Cups (5)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $750
October 18, 2020
Lot 36
Peter Shire
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
October 18, 2020
Lot 37
Peter Shire
Group (5)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $625
October 18, 2020
Lot 38
Peter Shire
Mugs (14)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,250
October 18, 2020
Lot 35
Peter Shire
End table
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,813
June 7-14, 2020
Lot 36
Peter Shire
Skyhook #116A
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
June 7-14, 2020
Lot 367
Peter Shire
Floor lamp
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,625
October 22, 2017
Lot 366
Peter Shire
Still Life: Oranges, Lemons, and Watermelon
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,812
March 5, 2017
Lot 308
Peter Shire
Teapot
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,875
May 22, 2016
Lot 309
Peter Shire
Table
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,062
May 22, 2016
Lot 11
Peter Shire
Sake Pots (3)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,375
May 18, 2014
Lot 376
Peter Shire
Teapot
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
February 23, 2014
Lot 377
Peter Shire
Teapot and cup (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
February 23, 2014
Lot 379
Peter Shire
Coffee pot and mugs (3)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,250
February 23, 2014
Lot 380
Peter Shire
Teapot
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,875
February 23, 2014
Lot 381
Peter Shire
Side table
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500
Price Realized: $3,750
February 23, 2014
Lot 445
Peter Shire
Dodgehedge teapot
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $3,125
October 13, 2013
Lot 446
Peter Shire
Abstract teapot
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized: $2,375
October 13, 2013
Lot 447
Peter Shire
Perfect Pitch and Night Studio (2)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $3,437
October 13, 2013
Lot 91
Peter Shire
Two-tone cone teapot
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
December 16, 2012
Lot 510
Peter Shire
Clamped Torso
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,812
October 7, 2012
Lot 492
Peter Shire
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,375
December 11, 2011
Lot 493
Peter Shire
Pair of side tables
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,937
December 11, 2011
Lot 441
Peter Shire
Fleetline teapot
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
Price Realized: $1,875
June 26, 2011
Lot 443
Peter Shire
Miniature Teapots (3)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,875
June 26, 2011
Lot 444
Peter Shire
Extremely rare early teapot
Estimate: $700 - $900
Price Realized: $625
June 26, 2011
Lot 296
Peter Shire
Untitled (chair)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized: $1,225
October 17, 2010
Lot 297
Peter Shire
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,225
October 17, 2010
Lot 416
Peter Shire
Teapot
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500
Price Realized: $1,800
June 29, 2008
Lot 483
Peter Shire
Teapot
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,280
October 14, 2007
Lot 485
Peter Shire
Ceramic teapot
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,000
Price Realized: $3,000
October 14, 2007
Lot 486
Peter Shire
Ceramic teapot
Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800
Price Realized: $1,560
October 14, 2007

About The Artist

Preaching the values of absurdism, Peter Shire's work subversively investigates the spaces between fine art and industrial design. A lifelong Angeleno, Shire was born and raised in the L.A.'s Echo Park neighborhood and graduated from the region's storied Chouinard Art Institute in 1970. With imagination and decided playfulness, a young Shire sought to blend the ideological tenets of the Bauhaus with the material tradition of Southern California ceramic legends Peter Voulkos and Ken Price.

Shire opened his own studio in 1972, and, in 1974, created his first teapot model. He found the perhaps-unlikely form to be an expedient expression of familiarity with welcome opportunities to reference his own upbringing. Shire's early teapots caught the attention of Memphis Group founder Ettore Sottsass, and he was invited to Milan to work with the design team — becoming the only American member of the influential collective.

During his time with Memphis, Shire began to work with glass and metal and made forays into furniture composition. He continued to expand his practice upon his return to Los Angeles, experimenting with painting, drawing, and large-scale sculpture. Shire's notable public commissions include the Frank Glass and Grace E. Simons Memorial Sculpture at Angel's Point and installations at major Los Angeles transit stations; Shire was also part of the design team for the 1984 Olympics.

Today, Shire's consistent use of bold color and form continues to reflect the core Memphis Group mission of "revitalizing" design standards and unpacking the friction between industry and craft. Shire's work can be found in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many other distinguished national and international institutions.

"About." Peter Shire, petershirestudio.com/about/.

"Peter Shire." Kayne Griffin Corcoran, www.kaynegriffincorcoran.com/artists/peter-shire/bio.

Zeiger, Mimi. "Peter Shire: Teapots, Public Art, and a Life in Design." KCET, 7 July 2016, www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/peter-shire-teapots-public-art-and-a-life-in-design.

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