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Original and Unique Ceramic Fountain by Otto Prutscher and Michael Powolny 1914

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Executed by Michael Powolny for the Wienerberger Keramikwerkstätten, ceramic and stoneware, ochre colored, body holding a dish in her outstretched arms standing above a three-tired Cascade of basins with fluted decoration. One image shows the model of the fauntain in the studio of the "Gebrueder Schwadron" in Vienna, circa 1910-1914. Literature: Karl Maria Grimme, Gärten von Albert Esch, Wien, Leipzig 1931 p.29. Elisabeth Frottier, Michael Powolny, Keramik und Glas aus Wien 1900 bis 1950, Monografie und Werkverzeichnis, Wien, Köln 1990 n, 237. Waltraud Neuwirth, Österreichische Keramik des Jugendstils, Wien 1974 p. 290. Further a very detailed expertise dated 2006 by Maria Emberger from the Federal monuments office of Austria, in which she pointed out the exceptional importance of this monument. The fountain was exhibited at the "MAK", the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna as a great example of the works of Prutscher, Powolny and Schwadron! Materials & Techniques Notes: Ceramic/ Stoneware, ochre coloured

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 90.56 in. x Dm 30.71 in.H 230 cm x Dm 78 cm
  • Diameter
    30.71 in. (78 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Seller Reference Number
    31002
  • Reference Number
    LU105021335036
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About Michael Powolny (Artist)

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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