This iconic mid-century Modern piece of West German Pottery was designed and introduced by Kurt Tschörner for Ruscha Keramik in 1954.
Tschörner took the pitcher - jug form and introduced further exaggerations, turning a utilitarian shape into sculpture. Line, form and proportion were balanced to create a form that was at once bold and whimsical, sleek in line but determined and strong with its forward-thrusting 'mouth'. There are at least three shape versions of the 313 and this particular piece is the 'final' version.
The lava glaze decor is in a colour palette which shows of varying tones of Sage green in a sumptuous layer of fat lava glaze as well as marblings of Warm Umber and Steel-blue at the throat and handle of the vase. This piece additionally features Kintsugi golden seams following careful repairing and highlighting. The Kintsugi technique is modern and has been applied in a tactile manner, a subtle mirror to the sumptuous lava glaze with the golden tone contrasting the understated, matte green, steel blue and brown.
This superb piece is adaptable to many decors such as Vintage, Retro, Contemporary or even Industrial themed decor rooms.
Excellent. This piece has been carefully repaired using a robust water-resistant and durable resin. Mentioned for completeness: there is mild wear of movement marks on the underside of the vase and also a minor gap in the glaze at the base of the vase that is from production, which has been mentioned for completeness. Please see photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the vase bears the inscription of the model number '313'.
Height: c. 6.3" / 16 cm tall x c. 7.1" / 18 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.9" / 7.3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.8 kg / 818 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Ruscha Keramik (1900s - 1996) is famous for key developments in West German pottery including the development of the Vulcano glaze as well as being known for their outstanding quality and craftsmanship. Their development of the Vulcano glaze marked a move towards thick dripping fat lava glaze and the creation of one of their most famous forms, the WGP defining 313 designed by Kurt Tschörner.
Kintsugi is a Japanese philosophy with similarities to the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which includes ideas surrounding the embracing of the flawed or imperfect. The art of Kintsugi ("golden joinery") is the repairing of broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The aesthetics of this philosophy values breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.