Egyptian Lotus Bowl - Art by Ludwig Karl Maria Vierthaler
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Ludwig Karl Maria Vierthaler
Egyptian Lotus Bowl

ca 1905

About

LUDWIG VIERTHALER (1875-1967) Recognized for his technically superior and beautiful metal patinations for tableware, Munich born Ludwig Vierthaler’s designs and metalwork caught the attention of Tiffany & Co., NY, for whom he worked in the mid-1890s. 1906 proved to be a decisive year in his career. Though Vierthaler had left his position as the Director of Design at J. Winhart & Co. earlier that year, examples of his work for Winhart were shown along with collaborative work with Eugen Ehrenbock at the Bayerishe Jubilaums-Landers-Ausstellung in Nuremburg - for which he received a gold medal - and at the Deutsche Kunstgewerbe-Ausstellung in Dresden -for which he received a silver medal. He and Ehrenbock formalized their partnership in 1907. Vierthaler later expanded his metalwork output to include jewelry and lighting design as well as figural and ornamental building decoration design. A member of the Deutscher Werkbund, Vierthaler went on to become a full professor in Hanover at the Staaliche Handwerkerund Kunstgewerberschule and at the Technische Hochschule. The silver markings on the underside of this bowl indicate that it was manufactured by J. Winhart & Co. for whom Vierthaler was a lead designer, while the innovative design and material reveals that Vierthaler was, indeed, moonlighting. The bowl’s stylized patterns and radial ridges in bright blue, turquoise, green, gold and vermillion enamels strongly suggest an awareness of the work of designer and metalworker, Eugen Ehrenbock, and anticipate their subsequent collaboration and partnership which earned them much critical success in 1906. Vierthaler carries the intricate Egyptian motif throughout this exquisite piece from the basket weave pattern in bronze and silver on the bowl’s exterior to the vibrant lotus flower and ovoid shapes, reminiscent of Pharaonic headwear from Lower Egypt, on the bowl’s interior.

Details

  • Artist
    Ludwig Karl Maria Vierthaler (1875 - 1967, German)
  • Creation Year
    ca 1905
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
    Jugendstil
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 5.75 in. x Dm 11 in.H 14.61 cm x Dm 27.94 cm
  • Diameter
    11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU46731751323
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