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Art Nouveau Wall Mirror with Flowers and Cupids by Michael Powolny, Vienna, 1915



Oval mirror, framed by a dense, colored flower wreath made of ceramic, on the upper edge two winged putti, between them a bird in the middle. By Michael Powolny (1871-1954) Nowadays, art experts attest Michael Powolny’s work as the work of one of the most important ceramic artists and designers of Austrian Art Nouveau. Powolny's companions and successors were significantly influenced by him, since he had left behind a work that was extremely important for Viennese ceramic art. Powolny's putti - many of them made on behalf of Wiener Keramik (WK) - are sought after by knowledgeable Art Nouveau collectors, both because of their modeling quality and because of the endearing and distinctive appearance. Manufactured by United Vienna and Gmunden ceramics ceramics, bright earthenware, glossy finish, multicolored hand-painting Designed circa 1912, made circa 1913-1919 Marks: WK+grapes - Wiener Keramik /= Vienna Ceramics KG+flower - Keramik Gmunden /= Gmunden Ceamics Model number 287 Dimensions: Height 29.5 cm / 11.61 in Width 23.5 cm / 9.25 in Depth 4.0 cm / 1.57 in Bibliography: - Thomas Arlt / Arthur Weilinger, WIENER KERAMIK / VIENNA CERAMICS Bertold Löffler, Michael Powolny, Werkverzeichnis / Catalog of works, 2018, Wien / Vienna; Page 322, Number 287 - Waltraud Neuwirth, Markenlexikon für Kunstgewerbe (3), Wiener Keramik, Modelle 1906-13 / (= Encyclopedia of Marks of Applied Arts / Viennese Ceramics - models 1906-13); Page 203, Number 287 Condition: excellent.


  • Creator
    Michael Powolny (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.61 in. (29.49 cm)Width: 9.25 in. (23.5 cm)Depth: 1.57 in. (3.99 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
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    1stDibs: LU1014421896762

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About the Sculptor

Michael Powolny

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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