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Michael Powolny Art Nouveau Vienna Virgin Mary Jesus Child on Box Model 93, 1911

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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 - 1954, before 1910. HALLMARKED: Manufactured by Wiener Keramik: Vienna Ceramics, WK (hallmarked) Material is ceramics , white-golden painted / glossy finish. MODEL 93 model number is impressed / bottom glazed Monogram of MICHAEL POWOLNY / MP is impressed, too. Painter's as well as modeller's signs existing. MADE CIRCA 1910 - 1911 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SUBJECT: Most lovely sculptured figurine of Virgin Mary clad in golden painted garments and wearing veil. Mary has sat down: She holds bright-haired Jesus Child with both hands. The figurine is attached to twelve-sided box / its outer walls are decorated with golden painted frieze patterns shapped as scrolls and lines, all of them running vertically which means from top to area below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ total height: 20.0 cm (= 7.87 inches) diameter: 16.0 cm (= 6.29 inches) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ BIBLIOGRAPHY: Waltraud Neuwirth, Markenlexikon für Kunstgewerbe 3, Wiener Keramik, Modelle 1906-13, page 89 Elisabeth Frottier, Michael Powolny, Keramik und Glas aus Wien 1900-1950, Vienna 1990, page 199, List of Work / Werkverzeichnis number W 93 / WV 49 / Model 93 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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. GOOD CONDITION (a few parts on surface of Madonna's golden garments are a bit rubbed) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ About Michael Powolny (Sculptor) 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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  • Date of Manufacture
    MADE CIRCA 1911
  • Period
    1910-1919
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    a few parts on surface of Madonna's golden garments are a bit rubbed
  • Dimensions
    H 7.87 in. x Dm 6.29 in.H 19.99 cm x Dm 15.98 cm
  • Diameter
    6.29 in. (15.98 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    LU1014411307573
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About Michael Powolny (Sculptor)

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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