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Flower Vase

This is a vase. It was designed by Hilda Jesser and manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte. It is dated ca. 1921 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is hand-painted and glazed thrown earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This vase represents a key moment in not only ceramics history, but in the history of design relations between Europe and the United States. This vase has the history of being one of a pair which were sold by the Wiener Werkstätte shop established in New York, with Josef Urban as director, in 1921. It is pictured in the original catalogue for the shop as “Flower Vase, 9 ¼ in. High, $15.” Suggesting Asian ceramic and lantern forms, the stylized decoration of leaves, swags, a cityscape of towers, and the head of a duck, is in a palette of blue, yellow and green on a creamy ground. The effect is like a mix of the synchronism of the Delaunays and surrealism. Free-formed, everted paper-scroll-like handles face in opposite directions, leading the eye around the vase on which the decoration continues on all sides.

It is credited Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 24 × 20.3 × 12.7 cm (9 7/16 in. × 8 in. × 5 in.)

It has the following markings

no. 874, WW insignia

Cite this object as

Flower Vase; Designed by Hilda Jesser (Austrian, 1894–1985); Manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte (Austria); hand-painted and glazed thrown earthenware; H x W x D: 24 × 20.3 × 12.7 cm (9 7/16 in. × 8 in. × 5 in.); Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund; 2015-10-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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