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Michael Powolny & Dagobert Peche Art Nouveau Vienna Lidded Bowl, circa 1913-1915


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: Manufactured by Wiener Keramik & Gmundner Keramik (VWGK / hallmarked)  Material is ceramics(Glossy finish / black-white and golden painted). Model 437 / 5 Made circa 1913-1915 ________________________________________________________________________________ Subject: Excellent lidded bellied bowl of round shape, based on footring. The lid of tapering type has a knob attached to top area. The excellent black painted patterns laid on white colored surface are stylized leaves and flower's blossoms being stunningly shaped, created by Dagobert Peche (1887-1923) in the year 1912. The bowl's form type had been invented by Michael Powolny (1871-1954). ________________________________________________________________________________ Height: 8 cm (circa 3.2 inches) ________________________________________________________________________________ Bibliography: Exhibition catalogue 'Dagobert Peche und die Wiener werkstätte' ( Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstaette ), Viennese museum of applied arts 1998, published by Peter Noever, item number 110 (pages 237 / picture and 344 / description) ________________________________________________________________________________ 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. Dagobert Peche left a deep impression in Viennese Art Nouveau manufacturing, having become member of Wiener Werkstaette in spring of the year 1915. In spite of Peche's early death, the artist's scale of work is remarkable - he created designs for furniture pieces, frames, metal items and jewellery, ceramics, glass pieces, items made of leather, textiles (fabrics) etc. Many art historians evaluate Peche's work as result of a genius of form, having been made very interesting (new) interpretations of form as well as of decorations, being transition from ancient to modern times.


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  • Condition
    Fair. Due to age, there are some fadings referring to golden painted areas existing. Additionally, there is a very small chip at bowl's edge visible.
  • Wear
    Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 3.2 in. x W 2.1 in. x D 2.1 in.

    H 8.13 cm x W 5.34 cm x D 5.34 cm

  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
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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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