Michael POWOLNYWIENER KERAMIK, Spring Enlarge 1 /1


Austria 1871 – 1954



Vienna, Austria commenced 1906 – 1932

manufacturer (organisation)

Spring [Putto "Spring"] c.1908 Place made: Vienna, Vienna state, Austria
Materials & Technique: ceramics, figurines, glazed earthenware, painted decoration glazed earthenware

Primary Insc: Impressed, base, Michael Powolny monogram/ the Wiener Keramik factory mark/ '60'. Impressed, centre of base, 'II', painted under glaze 'P/H'.
Dimensions: 37.8 h x 22.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.2245

Michael Powolny was the founder of Wiener Keramik, which became the ceramic workshop of the Wiener Werkstätte, the Vienna workshops producing the designs of the members of the Vienna Secession. Its aim was to integrate all aspects of the decorative arts with architecture in an expression of modernism. Powolny’s figural and animal ceramic sculptures, many designed for architectural applications, often included putto figures. This example is from a series depicting the four seasons, the cherubic child struggling to hold a cascading sheaf of fresh spring flowers.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design