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Michael Powolny Lovely Wien Putto Cherub Symbolizing Vienna MP WK, circa 1907

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So Said 'wien - Putto' / sculptured most lovely Cherub symbolizing Vienna Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954)   Hallmarked: Manufactured by Wiener Keramik (WK / Hallmarked) Signed mp (= Michael Powolny) Material is ceramics (glossy finish / painted). Made circa 1907 It is model 47. ________________________________________________________________________________ Subject: Most lovely naked cherub figurine holding Vienna's coat of arms (white cross laid on red background) as well as a model of Vienna's cathedral St. Stephen. - the cherub straddles, trying to achieve a balance in spite of items' weight... The figurine is attached to a bowl's lid which is decorated with flower's blossoms. Additionally, there is an inscription at lid's edge existing (written in German): 'Wien Bleibt Wien. Die Stadt Der Lieder. Am Blauen Donaustrand.' (= Vienna Remains Vienna. The Town of Songs. At The Blue Beach of River Danube) . - Bellied golden painted bowl existing, attached to three massive feet being cylindrically shaped. ________________________________________________________________________________ Total height: 22 cm (circa 8.8 inches) ________________________________________________________________________________ Bibliography: Elisabeth Frottier, "Michael Powolny, Keramik und Glas aus Wien 1900-1950", Vienna 1990, page 197, List of Work (= Werkverzeichnis) number 24 (WV 24), Model 47 Waltraud Neuwirth, Markenlexikon für Kunstgewerbe (3), Wiener Keramik / Modelle 1906-13; page 43 ________________________________________________________________________________ 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. The cherubs created by Powolny - many of them on behalf of Wiener Keramik (WK) - are much sought by knowledgeable collectors of Art Nouveau Ceramics due to fine quality of modelling as well as due to lovely and punchy appearance.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 8.8 in. x W 3.2 in. x D 3.2 in.

    H 22.36 cm x W 8.13 cm x D 8.13 cm

  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference number
    LU101441108724

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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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