This stunning duo of 1930s Bauhaus Art Deco design is by Carstens Uffrecht Pottery and attributed to the lead designer Hildegard Delius (b. 1896 - d. 1955).
The forms of the vases physically displays the geometric Bauhaus influence throughout, from the evenly shaped spheroid 'belly' to the architectural, flowing-arch handle. The Bauhaus design influence is further accentuated with subtle plays of geometric cross-hatching and bands of block colour in the glaze décor. The sumptuous hand-painted glaze is a base of Vanilla cream that is overlaid with a palette of orange shades, including Apricot, Marmalade, Amber, and Tangerine.
These works are timelessly stylish in design yet at the same time are an excellent representation of the Bauhaus Art Deco movement.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is general mild crazing that is commensurable with the age of the pieces, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of both vases is marked with Carsten Uffrecht's stamp denoting 'DEK18' and model number '378'.
Height: c. 7.5" / 19 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 5.1" / 13 cm in diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.8" / 4.5 cm. Unpackaged weight [Pair]: c. 1.3 kg / 1,320 g
Vases will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Carstens Uffrecht that was founded in 1845 by Jacob Uffrecht. After the Second World War, the Carstens family lost their ceramics and porcelain factories in East German territory. In 1945, Carstens Uffrecht became the East German vases maker VEB Haldensleben. VEB stands for the German “Volkseigener Betrieb”, meaning a people-owned enterprise and related to state-owned workplaces in the GDR.
Hildegard Delius (1896-1955) and her husband Klaus Delius were the known designers from the mid-1920s to mid-1930s at Carstens Uffrecht, echoing the architectural vision of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.
VEB Haldensleben mainly concentrated on making vases of high quality. Like the vases of Strehla, the colours are more subdued than the vases from West Germany. Often there is at least one metallic glaze on the vases. When Germany was reunited in 1990, the former East German factory was again owned by the Carstens family and the name was changed to Carstens Keramik Rheinsberg.