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Michael Powolny Vienna Virgin Mary Christ Child Wiener Keramik WK Model 96, 1908

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Virgin Mary (Madonna) with Christ Child Modeled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) / circa 1907 Hallmarked: manufactured by Wiener Keramik / Vienna Ceramics (WK) Material: Ceramics (glossy finish / multicolored painted) model number 96 made circa 1907-1908 Subject: We're presenting a stunning golden painted kneeling figurine of Holy Virgin Mary here: The Madonna holds undressed christ child with both hands / the little Christ stands in front of Madonna's figurine. SIZE: height: 13.0 cm / 5.11 inches measures of black flat base: 10.0 x 10.0 cm / 3.93 x 3.93 inches Bibliography: Waltraud Neuwirth, Markenlexikon für Kunstgewerbe (3), Wiener Keramik / Modelle 1906-13; page 91 Elisabeth Frottier, Michael Powolny / Monograph, published by Boehlau Vienna/Cologne 1990, WV 68 Experts of Fine Arts assess Michael Powolny's work nowadays as result of activity of one the most important ceramics sculptors / designers of Austrian Art Nouveau. Most of Powolny's successors were strongly under his sway since Powolny had left 'large steps' in Viennese Art of Ceramics.

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    Good
  • Condition Details
    VERY GOOD CONDITION
  • Dimensions
    H 5.11 in. x W 3.93 in. x D 3.93 in.H 12.98 cm x W 9.99 cm x D 9.99 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    LU1014415010722
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About Michael Powolny (Designer)

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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