Rare EVA ZEISEL cup & saucer from the GOBELIN series
Made by Schramberg / SMF circa 1930
Spritzdekor BAUHAUS Art Deco Up for auction is a stunning tea cup and saucer designed by Eva Zeisel (Eva Stricker) for the German firm Schramberg / Schramberger circa 1928 to 1930. It, like most of her designs, was probably produced after she had left the company. Its dynamic geoemetric design is from the Gobelin series, and features a wonderfully bold color combination of grass green, sunshine yellow, pumpkin pie orange, a purply red grape and mahogany/maroon-brown on a white background. The pieces are in great condition, with the exception of some fleabites. Schramberg pottery was designed for mass production, and both the clay and glazes tended to chip easily. It is all but impossible to find pristine "mint" pieces.
It has an abstract painterly design of irregular-shaped circles radiating out from one edge, which reminds me of peacock feathers, and it was incredibly modern at the time. The free-form handpainted design, with brushstrokes evident, is softened by a light spritzdekor (airbrush) finish around the edges.Both pieces are f ully marked with the firm stamp "Majolika, SMF [in an escutcheon], Schramberg, handgemalt," and the number "5". See the website for more information and similar designs as part of their current Eva Zeisel exhibition. T is also another Zeisel exhibition opening in LA on September 8! Size: The saucer is 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) in diameter. The tea cup is 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, 4.75 (12 cm) wide including the handle, x 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) high. Condition: Very good to great condition . T are a few fleabites or small abrasions around the edges, and the tea cup has what looks like a small chip that was glued back on. Please contact me if you would like more photos, or if you have any questions.
About Eva Zeisel (1906 -): Ceramics designer Eva Zeisel began a prolific career in her late teens and continues to create innovative pieces into the next century. She was born in Budapest and pursued a career in painting, studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, but left in search of a more craft-oriented trade. She was apprenticed to a ceramist and soon became one of the first female journeyman potters, holding positions during the 1920s at the Kispester factory, in Schramberg and for Christian Carstens Kommerz. Her work from this period-- tea sets, bowls, vases, and dinnerware-- reflect a style influenced largely by the geometry of the Bauhaus and by the abstract shapes of sculptor Hans Arp. The pieces possess an innate understanding of how ceramics work as an ensemble and how they can set the tone of a space. She created functional modern sets as well as a number of playful designs decorated with animals, a motif that would continue throughout her career. In 1932 Zeisel moved to Russia , drawn by the folk art and the peasant customs that still thrived t She worked at factories in the Ukraine , the Lomonosov Factory in Leningrad and the Dulevo factory near Moscow , at that time one of the biggest ceramics factories in world. After working her way up to art director of the China and Glass Industry of the Russian Republic , she was forced to leave by the increasingly hostile attitudes towards foreigners. In 1938 she moved to England to escape the Nazi occupation of Austria , and married sociologist Hans Zeisel. The couple immigrated to the United States in late 1938. One of Zeisel's first commissions in America was designing giftware for the Bay Ridge Specialty Company. When she started teaching at Pratt in 1939, a position she would hold until 1953, she arranged an innovative apprenticeship for her students through Bay Ridge, offering them a unique opportunity to gain professional experience. She received a great deal of acclaim for this system and often included her students' work in commissions, like the 1942 "Stratoware" dinnerware for Sears Roebuck. In 1942, after the MoMA's "Organic Design in Home...