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Michael Powolny

Michael Powolny (Austria, 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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Colorfully Glazed Ceramics Putto Powolny Austrian Jugendstil, circa 1907
By Wiener Keramik Werkstätte, Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Colorfully glazed ceramics putto with grapes Michael Powolny Austrian Jugendstil circa 1907 Allegory of Autumn Michael Powolny (Judenburg 1871-1954 Vienna) is one of the best-know...
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Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Antique Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

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 Austrian Ceramic Sculpture of Putto with Flowers, “Summer”
By Michael Powolny
Located in Milford, NH
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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Ceramic

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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Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

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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Ceramic

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

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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Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Ceramics Vase with Winged Putti Michael Powolny Wienerberger, circa 1916-1917
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Original and Unique Ceramic Fountain by Otto Prutscher and Michael Powolny 1914
By Otto Prutscher, Wiener Keramik Werkstätte, Michael Powolny
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

Michael Powolny Large ceramic vase Four seasons Wienerberger Keramik
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny (Judenburg 1871 - 1954 Vienna) is one of the best-known ceramic artists of the Viennese Jugendstil and with the cheerful Putti figures he had a decisive influence on ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Michael Powolny Art Nouveau Vienna Virgin Mary Jesus Child on Box Model 93, 1911
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny excellent Art Nouveau item: Virgin Mary with Jesus Child attached to twelve-sided box. It is a most lovely ceramics item, indeed ! Modelled by Michael Powolny 1871 ...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Floral Loetz Vase Michael Powolny F. Wilms circa 1914 Austrian Jugendstil Flower
By Johann Lötz Witwe, Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Blown Glass

Michael Powolny Native American Putto by Sommerhuber-Steyr, circa 1925
By Sommerhuber Keramik Steyr Co., Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Michael Powolny Art Nouveau Vienna Centrepiece Made 1910-1912
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny Art Nouveau centrepiece with three cherubs Modeled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) Hallmarked: manufactured by Wiener Keramik viennese ceramics material is cerami...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau 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, 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

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, Ceramic

Michael Powolny Vienna Ceramics WK + MP Bellflower Cherub Lovely Figurine 1910
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny so-said bellflower cherub most lovely figurine, circa 1910-1912 modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) HALLMARKED: MANUFACTURED BY WIENER KERAMIK (WK / HALLMA...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Michael Powolny Four Cherubs Seasons Lovely Figurines Made 1912
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny series of cherub season's figurines made 1912 Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) HALLMARKED: MANUFACTURED BY Wiener Keramik (ALL CHERUBS WEAR MARK OF Wien...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

Michael Powolny & Dagobert Peche Art Nouveau Vienna Lidded Bowl, circa 1913-1915
By Dagobert Peche, Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny & Dagobert Peche Art Nouveau Vienna lidded bowl, circa 1913-1915 Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) Decorated by Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)  Hallmarked: M...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Porcelain

Michael Powolny Season's Figurine the Fall Lovely Cherub Vienna Signed MP WK
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Season's figurine the fall (autumn) / sculptured most lovely cherub with wine grapes model created by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) Hallmarked: MANUFACTURED BY WIENER KERAMIK (W...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Michael Powolny Art Nouveau Vienna Child with Lamb, MP WK GK circa 1913-1919
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Michael Powolny Art Nouveau Child with Lamb. Most lovely ceramics item ! Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954), before 1910. Hallmarked: Manufactured by Wiener Keramik (Vienna Cer...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Michael Powolny

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Ceramic, Ceramic

Tango Vase Michael Powolny Loetz Klostermühle Model 5231 Bohemia made 1915
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
Vase Loetz (Lötz) widow Klostermühle Bohemia Art Nouveau Pattern created by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) in year 1914, on behalf of the so-said 'Werkbundausstellung' (= Exhibtion o...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Michael Powolny

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Glass

Art Deco Green Colored Glazed Vintage Tile by Michael Powolny circa 1925 Austria
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
An 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 Sommerhu...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Michael Powolny

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Ceramic

Michael Powolny Glass Splendour Cup J.& J. Lobmeyr Vienna, 1913-1914
By Michael Powolny
Located in Vienna, AT
This splendor cup was designed by Michael Powolny and executed by the famous Viennese enterprise J. & J. Lobmeyr. Completely covered with cut figurines and plant vines, this cup repr...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Michael Powolny

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Glass

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Ceramics Vase with Winged Putti Michael Powolny Wienerberger, circa 1916-1917
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Desk and Armchair Bruno Paul Austrian Jugendstil Birch and Pearwood circa 1907
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Pair of Vitrines Bruno Paul Austrian Jugendstil Birch and Pearwood, circa 1907
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Champagne Glasses Koloman Moser Meyr's Neffe circa 1900 Austrian Jugendstil
By Koloman Moser, Meyr's Neffe
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Michael Powolny

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Coat Rack Austrian Jugendstil Bent Beechwood Stained Gebrüder Thonet, circa 1905
By Gebrüder Thonet Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Antique Michael Powolny

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Beech, Bentwood

Green Wineglass Koloman Moser Vienna Meyr's Neffe circa 1900 Austrian Jugendstil
By Koloman Moser, Bakalowits & Söhne, Meyr's Neffe
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Michael Powolny

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Glass

Green Wineglass Koloman Moser Vienna Meyr's Neffe circa 1900 Austrian Jugendstil
By Koloman Moser, Bakalowits & Söhne, Meyr's Neffe
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Michael Powolny

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Austrian Jugendstil Loetz Large Vase Mouth-blown Glass circa 1913 Brown Green
By Leopold Bauer
Located in Vienna, AT
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Michael Powolny

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Austrian Jugendstil Loetz Glass Vase Blue Waves circa 1898
Located in Vienna, AT
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19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Michael Powolny

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