This beautifully Brutalist and tactile work is by German sculptor, painter and ceramist Helmut Schäffenacker (b. 1921 - d. 2010).
The Modernist UFO form is an excellent canvas for the sumptuous glaze. The base glaze is a matte Charcoal-slate grey, over which flows a Sand and pale Smoke grey lava glaze around the body. The rim and the 'shoulders' of the vase is a glossy glaze in a myriad of lightly metallic golden brown, cream caramel, espresso brown and pastel Sage green at the rim.
This excellent piece combines the refined and sculpted Modernist form with an incredible glaze that carries Brutalist, almost stylised-Neolithic vibes.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, scratches or repairs. There is mild use wear, most evident in movement marks on the underside of the base and which are commensurate with age. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The base is inscribed the number '664'.
c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm tall x c. 4.3" / 10.8 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.6 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.5" / 3.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 516 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Helmut Schäffenacker (b. 1921 - d. 2010) was born in Ulm, the son of painter Otto Schäffenacker. In 1949, he completed an apprenticeship with the sculptor Rudolf Pauschinger in Stuttgart. He would go on to found his studio, the "Atelier Schäffenacker" in Ulm after studying art and training as a painter and sculptor in the early 1950s. Schäffenacker painted, and sculpted and began working from 1948 as a ceramist.
Schäffenacker received a variety of national and international prizes for his ceramic work throughout his career. Justus Engelfried wrote: "The individual objects are outstanding works of German and international ceramic design. The entire ceramic work of the designer and artist Schäffenacker ... is probably even unparalleled worldwide. "