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Michael Powolny Vienna So-Said Bellflower Cherub Lovely Figurine

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Michael Powolny so-said bellflower cherub most lovely figurine, circa 1910-1912 modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954) HALLMARKED: MANUFACTURED BY WIENER KERAMIK (WK / HALLMARKED) MATERIAL IS CERAMICS (GLOSSY FINISH / PAINTED). MODEL 137/1 (MODEL NUMBER IS PAINTED) MADE CIRCA 1910 - 12   Subject: Most lovely winged cherub clenching a large flower - it is lily of the valley - with both hands wears a stunning bellflower's blossom on head / additionally, a snail is squeezed between cherub's legs. - the figurine is attached to round base.   Measure: Height 19.5 cm (7.67 inches) Diameter at base 6.5 cm (2.55 inches)   Bibliography: Waltraud Neuwirth, Markenlexikon fu¨r Kunstgewerbe (3), Wiener Keramik / Modelle 1906-13; pages 114 / 15   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 7.67 in. x Dm 2.55 in.

    H 19.49 cm x Dm 6.48 cm

  • Diameter
    2.55 in. (6.48 cm)
  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference number
    LU101441108772

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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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