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With its cheeky ear-like handles, playful trumpet shape, cheerful colors and fresh, abstract flower pattern, this vase is a fine example of the innovative decorative movements in Vienna around 1925. Vally Wieselthier worked for the renowned Wiener Werkstätte for many years, where she was free to develop her artistic talents under the guidance of such greats as Josef Hoffmann and Dagobert Peche. Her enterprising spirit led her to found her own workshop in 1922. This voluptuous vase reflects the personality of its maker. Das Wiesel was a flamboyant, attractive woman who made many men’s hearts beat faster. She wore her hair short, dressed in the latest fashions and always had a cigarette in her hand. After Vienna and a brief stop in Paris, she left for New York, where her striking ceramics went down a storm. She also produced a great deal of figurative work, such as female heads, busts and even life-size sculptures, mainly nudes.

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Collection

Design

Production date

1927

Library

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Dimensions

28.8 x 20.8 x 18cm.

Material

hand-thrown earthenware with painted decoration

Object number

KNA 982

Credits

schenking H. Minkenhof, Parijs / Gift of H. Minkenhof, Paris

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