This piece of porcelain art by Johan Van Loon is an excellent embodiment of juxtapositions.
The lightly undulating surface ripples like it was fabric and when you look closer at the decor of the gloss glaze, you can see a fine weave on the blue, beige and brown elements that would typically be on Stonewashed or Sunbleached denim.
The visual texture of denim, the ripples and ridges that would otherwise appear along the folds of soft fabric yet all held together in one piece that is made glossy-smooth to touch, hard porcelain.
This work of art speaks to Van Loons fascination and creativity with ceramic and textile at multiple levels and was created when he was a guest designer at Rosenthal Studio Line. A piece that is well deserving of its place in a contemporary, vintage or even industrial decor themed room.
Mint, with the exception of faint movement marks on the base - please see photos as part of the condition report. Base bears Van Loons signature and marked with 3795/3, representing model number and number of piece in series.
c. 4" / 10 cm in height by c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm in width (including lid)
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 353 g
Ceramic will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Rosenthal (1879 - present)
The company founder, Philipp Rosenthal, moved his porcelain painting skills from Werl (North Rhine-Westphalia) to Selb in Bavaria, which he industrialised in the castle Erkersreuth with his painting workshop. The company grew from strength to strength over the years, with original pieces designed by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Walter Gropius. By 1997, Rosenthal was the market leader for high-quality porcelain and glassware in Germany and was the world market leader in conjunction with Waterford Wedgwood. The company had grown from strength to strength over the years, with original pieces designed by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Walter Gropius. Rosenthal studio-line, a brand of Rosenthal made design-oriented crockery and art objects made of porcelain and glass.
Sadly, in 2008, the Waterford Wedgwood Group wanted to divest the Rosenthal share package due to liquidity difficulties and as a result of the subsequent collapse of Waterford Wedgwood, the company filed for insolvency in January 2009. Today, Rosenthal operates as an independent company and is part of Sambonet Paderno Industrie.
Johan Gerard van Loon
Johan van Loon (1934 - present) is a Dutch ceramist and textile artist. Van Loon studied textile design in Amsterdam and Copenhagen until 1960, during this time, his fascination in ceramics began to manifest and he mastered the skills of a ceramist. During his career, he continued to study and refine, working and learning from well-known names of the time such as Jos Eppens-van Veen, Thera Hofstede Crull, Lucie Rie, Stig Lindberg, Kylikki Salmenhaara and Jan van der Vaart. Van Loons influences came from many places, Amsterdam, London, Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
Absorbing everything that came his way, over the course of the years Van Loon gained the great technical proficiency that gives him the freedom to express the wealth of his ideas. Few ceramicists are so intrigued by the characteristics of the material as Van Loon. Often the material itself is the locus of expression, usually taking the form of a container, however far removed that may be from its original function.