Austria 1871 – 1954
1915-20 Description: : inverted bell-shaped vase, yellow interior cased in black, with three black ball feet
Place made: Austria
Materials & Technique: glass, glass
The Austrian architect and designer Michael Powolny was, with Josef Hoffmann, one of the key figures in the Vienna Secession, a group promoting the development of modern design in Austria at the end of the nineteenth century. Their work was characterised by simple linear, cubist design, emphasising luxurious materials and craftsmanship. Powolny designed mainly for ceramics, often using chequerboard and black and white design motifs. His designs for glass emphasise the strong shapes and the clear, saturated colour that are possible with this material.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design