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Carefully assembled over the course of sixty years from 1955 to 2015, represent the private collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber of Portland, Oregon. After meeting in medical school and marrying in 1954, the couple spent two years in Germany where Seymour served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps; it was during this period that they began to collect art objects. They traveled and moved many times over the coming years, adding to both their collection and their knowledge along the way, before settling permanently in Portland in 1965. This extraordinary collection is the result of their passion for decorative arts, a good eye, and impeccable taste. The devoted couple had a special affinity for and understanding of contemporary ceramics and glass, as is evidenced in the following pages. They were also avid supporters of the arts – serving as donors to the Portland Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Craft – and were friends with many of the artists they collected, including Otto Natzler and Hans Wegner. The Habers understood the importance of a vibrant craft community and their legacy lives on in the Haber Study Room at the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts in the Portland Art Museum.

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Lot 1000. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Large vase, Los Angeles, CA, 1956; Signed NATZLER, tape label H052; 12 1/2" x 8 3/4". Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000. Sale Price: $43,750. Photo courtesy Rago. 

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1001. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Early bottle, Los Angeles, CA, 1948; Signed NATZLER, original paper label NATZLER 9558; 6" x 4 1/4". Estimate: $2,750 - $3,250. Sale Price: $4,063. Photo courtesy Rago.

Museum deaccession number to base. Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1002. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Cylindrical vase, fine microcrystalline glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER, 5 3/4" x 3 1/4". Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000. Sale Price: $2,125. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1003. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Tall bottle, Los Angeles, CA, after 1967; Signed NATZLER, original paper label O505; 15 1/4" x 5 1/2". Estimate: $12,500 - $17,500. Sale Price: $31,250. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1004. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Teardrop bottle, volcanic glaze, Los Angeles, CA, 1965; Signed NATZLER, original paper label N516; 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". Estimate: $2,750 - $3,750. Sale Price: $2,250. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1005. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Teardrop bottle, fine mahogany and amber glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 5 1/4" x 3 3/4". Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000. Sale Price: $2,750. Photo courtesy Rago

Museum deaccession number to base. Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1006. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Flaring vase, matte chartreuse glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 5 1/4" x 5 1/2". Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000. Sale Price: $1,875. Photo courtesy Rago

Museum deaccession number to base. Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1007. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Thick-walled bowl, turquoise volcanic glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 3 3/4" x 7 3/4". Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000. Sale Price: $3,250. Photo courtesy Rago

A few minor flecks, mostly due to glaze bubbles.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1008. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Fine and large vase with melt fissures, Los Angeles, CA, after 1967; Signed NATZLER, original paper label O611; 8 3/4" x 8 3/4". Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000. Sale Price: $30,000. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1009. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Small bowl, uranium red glaze, Los Angeles, CA, 1958; Signed NATZLER, original paper label J362; 2 3/4" x 6". Estimate: $1,250 - $1,750. Sale Price: $1,750. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1010. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Flaring bowl, pale blue glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 4" x 8". Estimate: $1,250 - $1,750. Sale Price: $1,750. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1011. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Small footed bowl, amber and celadon glaze, Los Angeles, CA, after 1967; original paper label O364; 3 1/2" x 4 1/2". Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000. Sale Price: $1,875. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1012. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Small bowl, Mustard Hare's Fur glaze, Los Angeles, CA, 1970; Signed NATZLER, original paper label O382; 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Estimate: $1,750 - $2,250. Sale Price: $1,500. Photo courtesy Rago

Provenance: Gump's, San Francisco, CA, 1974. Copy of original receipt available.

Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1013. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Bowl, brown volcanic glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 4" x 9 1/2". Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000. Sale Price: $3,125. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1014. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Coupe, celadon crystalline glaze, Los Angeles, CA, 1957; Signed NATZLER, original paper label H633; 5" x 8 1/2". Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000. Sale Price: $10,625. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Lillian Nassau Ltd., New York, NY, 1985. Original letter from Lillian Nassau available. 

Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1015. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Flaring bowl, Mossereen Hare's Fur glaze, Los Angeles, CA, 1965; Signed NATZLER, original paper label N708; 4 1/4" x 6 1/4". Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000. Sale Price: $2,250. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Gump's, San Francisco, CA, 1973. Original receipt available.

 Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1016. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Fine bowl, ochre and verdigris hare's fur glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 3" x 10 3/4". Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000. Sale Price: $2,250. Photo courtesy Rago

3/4" chip to foot ring.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1017. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Flaring bowl, turquoise glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000. Sale Price: $3,000. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1018. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Small vessel, blue, gray, and brown hare's fur glaze, Los Angeles, CA; Signed NATZLER; 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". Estimate: $1,750 - $2,250. Sale Price: $3,125. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1019. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Straight-walled vessel, blue crystalline glaze with melt fissures, Los Angeles, CA, after 1967; Signed NATZLER, original paper label O545; 5" x 5 1/2". Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000. Sale Price: $3,000. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1020. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Small teardrop bottle, ivory crystalline, Los Angeles, CA, 1965; Signed NATZLER, original paper label N414; 4 3/4" x 4 3/4". Estimate: $1,750 - $2,250. Sale Price: $2,500. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR

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Lot 1021. Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Two slab-built vessels, turquoise and blue glazes, Los Angeles, CA, 1977; Both stamped ON, signed, and dated with X paper labels; Larger: 6 3/4" x 4 1/2". Estimate: $1,750 - $2,250. Sale Price: $2,500. Photo courtesy Rago

Excellent condition

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Seymour and Carol Haber, Portland, OR