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Powolny Art Nouveau Vienna Writing Equipment Till Eulenspiegel Model 109 GK 1919

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Michael Powolny excellent Art Nouveau item: Writing Equipment to which sculptured figurine of Till Eulenspiegel is attached - it is a quite rare ceramics item, indeed ! Modelled by Michael Powolny (1871-1954), circa 1907. Hallmarked: Manufactured by Gmundner Keramik (= Gmunden Ceramics). GK / hallmarked (the mark is dimly visible at reverse side / original firm label still existing). Material is ceramics (painted in rusty red, brown and black / glossy finish). MODEL 109 (model number is impressed / bottom glazed) Made circa 1919 Subject: Most lovely sculptured figurine of Till Eulenspiegel* cowering on rectangular platter. There is an owl visible next to his feet / additionally, the holder for inkwell (inkpot) is attached beside the sculptured figurine. Bibliography: Waltraud Neuwirth, Markenlexikon für Kunstgewerbe (3), Wiener Keramik / Modelle 1906-13; page 98 Elisabeth Frottier, "Michael Powolny, Keramik und Glas aus Wien 1900-1950", Vienna 1990, page 200, List of Work (= Werkverzeichnis) number W 109 (WV 58), Model 109 We read in wikipedia about Till Eulenspiegel: Till Eulenspiegel was an impudent trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore. His tales were disseminated in popular printed editions narrating a string of lightly connected episodes that outlined his picaresque career, primarily in Germany, the Low Countries and France. He made his main entrance in English- speaking culture late in the nineteenth century as "Owlglass", but was first mentioned in English literature by Ben Jonson in his comedic play The Alchemist.   Size: height: 16.0 cm (= 6.29 inches) width: 30.5 cm (= 12.00 inches) depth: 16.0 cm (= 6.29 inches) 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. Very good condition there aren't any damages existing the reflexions visible on surface derive only from flashlight as well as from glaze on item's surface.            

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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1919
  • Period
    1910-1919
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    there aren't any damages existing the reflexions visible on surface derive only from flashlight as well as from glaze on item's surface
  • Dimensions
    H 6.29 in. x W 12.00 in. x D 6.29 in.H 15.98 cm x W 30.48 cm x D 15.98 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    LU1014414512172
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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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