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Michael Powolny

Austrian, 1871-1954
Austrian, 1871-1954

As both a designer and a teacher, the Austrian ceramicist and glassware designer Michael Powolny was an important figure in the development of modernist aesthetics in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. His romantic sculptural pottery figures embrace the lush, dynamic stylings of Gustav Klimt and other progressive artists, while his functional pieces — such as glass bowls and vases — employ the simple linear and geometric ornamentation that marked the work of Josef Hoffmann and other members of the Wiener Werkstätte community of designers and craftsmen.

     Powolny received classical training in ceramics from his father, a potter, and at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, but later joined in the modernizing movement in the Austrian arts at the close of the 19th century. In 1897, Klimt, Hoffman, Koloman Moser and other artists and architects founded the Vienna Secession, a group that fought for freedom of expression against the city’s tradition-bound arts establishment. Powolny’s work reflects the changing times. He used classical figures in his ceramics — female nudes, cherubs — yet would dress them in modern ornament such as garlands of abstract, geometric flowers. Pieces from Powolny’s ceramics company were sold through the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops) founded by Hoffmann and Moser, and Hoffman later hired Powolny to create ceramic ornamentation for his architectural masterpiece, the Palais Stoclet in Brussels.

     Powolny would go on to design glassware that combines elegant, tapering forms with precise linear decoration. His most influential work may have come as a professor at the School of Applied Arts, where he taught both Lucie Rie, the great Austrian-British modernist ceramicist, and the American potter Viktor Schreckengost, creator of the “Jazz Bowl,” an icon of the Streamline Moderne design. As you will see from the items on offer, Michael Powolny’s works have a double appeal: in their sprightly, endearing forms and as artifacts that document a period of signal change in the history of modern arts and crafts.

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Creator:Michael Powolny
Michael Powolny Austrian Ceramic Sculpture of Putto with Flowers, “Summer”
By Michael Powolny
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A fine ceramic Art Nouveau sculpture of a putto with flowers by Austrian sculptor Michael Powolny, (1871-1954). Powolny was born in Judenburg, attended the School of Arts & Crafts in...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Four Seasonal Crinoline Figurines by Michael Powolny, Viennese Ceramic, c. 1910
By Viennese Manufactory, Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Original and Unique Ceramic Fountain by Otto Prutscher and Michael Powolny, 1914
By Michael Powolny, Wiener Keramik Werkstätte, Otto Prutscher
Located in Vienna, AT
Executed by Michael Powolny for the Wienerberger Keramikwerkstätten, ceramic and stoneware, ochre colored, body holding a dish in her outstretched arms standing above a three-tired C...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Michael Powolny

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Large Desk / Table Lamp by Michael Powolny at Loetz, Early 20th Century
By Michael Powolny
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Swiveling desk / table lamp by Michael Powolny at Loetz, Bohemia, early 20th century. Large double glass orange shade with three purple/black applications. Superb swiveling chiseled ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Michael Powolny

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Michael Powolny Putto with Bunch of Grapes, "Autumn" from the "Four Seasons"
By Michael Powolny
Located in Berlin, DE
Ceramic sculpture, circa 1907, designed by Michael Powolny (1871-1954), Austrian ceramist, sculptor, designer, glass and metal artist. "Autumn" from "The Four Seasons". White pottery...
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Michael Powolny for Loetz Tango Piped Art Glass Vase, circa 1914
By Michael Powolny
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish Michael Powolny cased tango orange glass vase with black piping made by Loetz. The hand blown vase is of bulbous shape with moulded raised ribbing around the body and with ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Art Glass

Tazza by Michael Powolny, VWGK, Austria, circa 1907
By Michael Powolny
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic tazza, composed of three kneeling putti around a blue bottomed basin. Marked on the underside with impressed monogram VWGK factory mark model 153. OUR REFERENCE N8303
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Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Antique Michael Powolny

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Michael Powolny Viennese Art Nouveau Ceramic Pottery Flower Pot, Austria, 1920s
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
A very beautiful and big Art Nouveau pottery flower pot with green/turquoise/black glaze. Designed by the Vienna Secession artist Michael Powolny in the 1920s. Executed by Wiener Ker...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic, Pottery

Michael Powolny, Putto with Fruits and Flowers, "Summer"
By Michael Powolny
Located in Berlin, DE
A ceramic sculpture designed by Michael Powolny ( 1871-1954 ), Austrian ceramist, sculptor, glass and metal artist and founder of "Wiener and Gmunder Keramik". "Summer" from "The Fou...
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Michael Powolny Art Nouveau Vienna Centrepiece with Three Cherubs, circa 1912
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny Art Nouveau centrepiece with three cherubs - most lovely ceramics item! Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871 - 1954), circa 1907. Hallmarked: Manufactured by Wiener K...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Michael Powolny Lovely Vienna Cherub Figurines Supporting Bear, circa 1907
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny two cherubs supporting bear most lovely figurine group, circa 1914-1915 Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) Hallmarked: Manufactured by Wiener Keramik and Gm...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Art Deco Green Colored Glazed Vintage Tile by Michael Powolny circa 1925 Austria
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Art deco green colored glazed vintage tile, which shows a motif with a violinist. The vintage tile was designed by Michael Powolny, circa 1925, and manufactured by Rudolf Sommerhuber...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Michael Powolny VWGK Vienna Candlestick Made, circa 1907
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Elegant candlestick for holding one candle Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954), circa 1907 Hallmarked: Manufactured by Wiener Keramik and Gmundner Keramik (union Of Vienna...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

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Michael Powolny furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Michael Powolny are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Michael Powolny collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 14 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Michael Powolny was created in Europe during the early 20th century in the Art Nouveau style. Many customers also consider furniture by Carl Kauba, Franz Xaver Bergman (Bergmann) and Friedrich Goldscheider if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Michael Powolny furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,094 and tops out at $162,350, while pieces like these can sell for $4,397 on average.