This superb work of mid-century design is by German ceramist Ursula Fesca (b. 1900 - d. 1975) for Waechtersbach Keramik.
The sculpturally elegant shape of the vase and it's glaze décor called 'Urania' was designed by Fesca in the 1950s. The warm Crimson red glaze covers the shapely flowing Modernist influenced curves of the vase's form and sharply complimented by the near-black charcoal coloured glaze on the inside.
Good. No cracks or repairs or crazing as might be expected for a piece of this age. There are minor flakes from the glaze, predominantly towards the base of the vase - please see photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base of the vase is stamped with Waechtersbach's insignia 'WAECHTERSBACH, Made in Western Germany, Urania'.
Height: c. 11.4" / 29 cm x c. 6.7" / 17 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 3" / 7.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.3 kg / 1,348 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Ursula Fesca (b. 1900 - d. 1975)
Fesca was a German ceramist - a ceramic artist whose artistic contributions greatly helped to shape the taste in contemporary ceramic during the 1930s and 1950s.
Fesca studied art and specialised in ceramics in Dresden, Germany and began her career as an art commercial director in 1924. Fesca joined Waechtersbach in 1931, beginning her most successful creative period as a leading form and decor designer and contributing to the success of Waechtersbach during the postwar years. At that time, Waechtersbacher ceramics was the largest ceramic manufacturer in Germany, exporting internationally.
The importance of Fesca's work has become more widely known since research began with "Research Project Ursula Fesca" and also in "Project Wächtersbach".
There are many reasons that the significance of Ursula Fesca for the history of modern ceramic art has become more increased but it is in the main due to; the rediscovery of her works for the ceramic factory Elsterwerda by the art historian Karla Bilang, the discovery and making available of her artistic estate from Fesca's family and the increased interest of collectors and collectors.