Denmark 1874 – 1952
Jar with lid
Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Materials & Technique: ceramics, jars, porcelain with modelled and painted underglaze decoration porcelain: glazed over modelled and painted underglaze decoration
This work is an example of the Art Nouveau porcelains of Bing and Grøndahl, a company that worked with established artists, designers and sculptors to produce a range of avant-garde designs for ornamental and practical uses, many of which were elegant interpretations of the symbolist and Japonist design themes of the 1880s and 1890s. The sculptor, Seigfried Wagner, designed works for the factory that reflected melancholic themes of nature, growth and decay so typical of the Nordic interpretation of late 19th century French Art Nouveau and German Jugendstil.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design