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Jean Nison Ceramic Tiled Console Shelf by Weiss & Basser



Organically shaped wall-mounted floating console table shelf in walnut trim and set with ~130 individual art tiles created by ceramicist Jean Nison (1922-2015). This work was custom made for the 90 Riverside Drive apartment of Jacques and Alina Roisen, circa 1959 together with an architectural sideboard-buffet and a curved wall with floating cabinets which we have listed separately. (ref: LU886622968512 and LU886622682472) and are also decorated with tile murals by Jean Nison. Jean was very experimental with her use of glazes and colors and it took many firings to achieve her desired effect including the many bubbles which give them a rich texture. Her work was exhibited at Gumps, Helena Rubinstein and America House. To obtain commissions she would go around to the offices of architects and decorators and leave samples of her work. It was how Raymond Loewy Associates commissioned her to do a tile wall for the chairman's office in Lever House. It is likely that is how she came to the notice of Hans Weiss and William Basser. For much much more on the ceramic tiles and murals of Jean Nison I encourage you to look up Michael Padwee's impeccably researched blog "Tiles In New York" Hans Weiss and William Basser were both Viennese Jewish émigrées to New York in the late 1930's. Their work, both residential and commercial is extensively documented in the Gottscho-Schleisner photographic archives in the Library of Congress under both Hans Weiss and Weiss & Basser. Although the photo archives cite only Hans Weiss as the designer on the Roisen project, further research suggests that related design concepts and motifs had been utilized on projects completed by the partnership of Weiss & Basser prior to 1958 when William Basser died. Therefore design credit should be shared with William Basser. In speaking with the grandson of William Basser we have learned that the carpentry and cabinet makers may have been relatives and fellow Austrian refugees, Hans Herschan and Eric Nasch. We have compiled substantial biographical information on both Weiss and Basser which we will be happy to share if requested. References: Hans Weiss and Weiss & Basser, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, Library of Congress The Ceramic Tiles and Murals of Jean Nison by Michael Padwee Fantasies in Tile, Jean Nison, Craft Horizons, May-June 1953, Vol VIII No. 3.


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