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Vase with Dripping Crystals

About the Item

The virtuosic blending of color and texture shows how inventive decoration can triumph over nondescript form. Brightly colored drips of slurry clay cascade like melted wax down the two-handled jug-like body, whose shoulder and lower body exhibit impressed patterns and a watermelon rind glaze, respectively. Extruding bits of clay and a gold scalloped lip add to the impression that riotous decor has been imposed, rather than integrated, upon the vessel, transforming it from functional to purely decorative object. ERNST WHALISS: By the late 1880s, merchant Ernst Wahliss had established himself as Vienna’s leading retailer in porcelain and ceramic goods. He had run a ceramic store in Vienna since 1863, whose rapid international success enabled him to open stores in major European cities such as London and to supply many of the European royal families in ceramics of the highest quality. In 1894, Ernst Wahliss purchased the Alfred Stellmacher factory in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia (in today’s Czech Republic), and began to produce decorative ceramics under the name “Ernst Wahliss Kunst, Porzellan und Fayence Fabrik.” After Ernst’s death in 1900, his son Gerhard Martin Wahliss acquired the factory in 1907 and continued to create a variety of functional and decorative items in earthenware and porcelain. The Serapis-Wahliss line, introduced in 1911, was made of white earthenware and decorated with geometrically stylized natural forms such as blossoms and peacock feathers. Hand painted with richly colored enamels, such decors represented the vanguard in Austrian ceramics at the time. Designers like Karl Klaus, who had studied with Josef Hoffmann, brought a rare delicacy and urban sophistication to Wahliss’s aesthetic blueprint.
  • Creator:
    Amphora (Workshop/Studio),Ernst Wahliss (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 10.5 in (26.67 cm)Width: 9.325 in (23.69 cm)Depth: 9.325 in (23.69 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
    1900-1909
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1908-1910
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    Chicago, US
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU7300234475472
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