Henker & Co. Art Nouveau Double-Handled Lavanite 'Anthracite' Stone Sculpted Vase 1910s -30s
This superb work of early 20th century Art Nouveau design is by W. Henker & Co. (now defunct) of Berlin and crafted from compressed 'Lavanite', an artificial stone patented by the company. Little is known about the company but from the separately sourced leaflets and price lists, Henker and Co. had been producing a variety of household and office items such as bookends, vases, inkwells, sculptures and clocks in Lavanite for around 20 years.
The piece is distinctly Art Nouveau, with long, sinuous and organic lines which create magnificent curving silhouettes all over the piece. The gentle detail in the stylised relief fanning at the base of the handles and the band of circles around the base further lifts the piece.
This is an excellent statement piece, brimming with subtle presence in its semi-matte understated black and wonderfully curvaceous form.
CONDITION Very Good. There is mild wear in the form of faint grazes and watermarks all over that is commensurate with the age of the piece and is mentioned for completeness. The most visually-evident wear is to the rim and base which reveals small amounts of the base 'artificial stone' material, please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base is marked with the model number '126' and 'PATENT'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 11.4" / 29 cm (from base to rim) x c. 9.3" / 23.5 cm in diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 5" / 12.7 cm. Rim diameter: c. 4.1" / 10.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2 kg / 1,946 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
1996 Atelier MicMac by Bea Schröder, Striking Pictographic Abstract Painting in Red | Signed, Dated
THE ITEM This vivaciously spirited and tactile composition is by German artist Bea Schröder from Atelier MicMac, Düsseldorf, Germany.
This particular piece is an earlier work that incorporates a broad spectrum of techniques as well as multiple media types, brought together to create an expression of Schröder's pictographic and symbol-based 'MicMac' art form.
Schröder's MicMac repertoire includes translations of hieroglyphs, petroglyphs from the ancient times, modern iconographic signs of our time, as well as symbols from the Mi'kmaq Indians, one of the First Nations who still live in Canada.
From an interview with the artist; "You don't need an ethnologist to decipher it. You just have to listen to your inner voice." “You recognize the signs, even if you don't know them. The brain begins to work with them and develop their own interpretations.”
CONDITION Superb. There is negligible age wear that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The bottom right corner of the painting is signed with Schröder's signature and dated to 1996.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 19.7" / 50 cm tall x c. 19.7" / 50 cm width. Depth: c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.6 kg / 1,630 gm.
NOTES Painting will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Schröder has been a freelance artist since 1992 and enjoyed such success that she went on to establish her own art studio Atelier MicMac in Dusseldorf, Germany.
In Schröder's own words, her art form is MicMac, inspired by her first encounter with the emotional power of symbols used by the Mi'kmaq Indians, one of the First Nations who still live in Canada.
She has incorporated many of the Mi'kmaq symbols into her art as well as being inspired by the bright colours and simple symbols from the Neolithic caves, which were originally used by people to communicate within their communities. Schroder says “Today's caves are homes and workplaces" and translates hieroglyphs and petroglyphs from ancient times into contemporary symbolic languages. She sees her art of communication and motivation as "cave painting for the 21st century".
Early 20th Cen. Chinese Soapstone Zhusha Bottle and Seal with Carved Lotus and Lily Pad Relief
This carefully detailed piece has been beautifully worked by hand to create the carving of lotus flowers and lilypads relief on both sides of the bottle. The bottle is accompanied by a small spoon that is finished with a coral glass stopper and etch-trimmed brass collar.
Besides being a carving of great skill, this piece also served the purpose of a seal via the inscription of an 'archaic script' on its base. In ancient times, the carved seal script would be used to imprint its mark onto official documentation, paintings or works of poetry using the traditional '朱砂' or 'zhūshā' red ink or Cinnabar paste. In recent times, the seal would have been used to mark paintings or works of poetry.
The inside of the bottle holds traces of the Cinnabar paste as does the seal on the underside of the bottle.
Very Good. There is negligible age wear that is primarily in the form of minor chips to the soapstone that commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall (from base to stopper) x 1.8" / 4.5 cm in width (across widest point) x c. 0.9" / 2.3 cm depth. Weight: c. 0.1kg / 139 g
Bottle will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.