This exceptionally elegant and sculpted work of mid-century Modernist design by the German pottery studio Sgrafo Modern.
This piece is from the Korallen Form [tr. 'Coral Form'] series that was designed by Sgrafo's founder Peter Müller. The series, amongst others crafted by Sgrafo was a significant contrast to the popular fat lava ceramics which were at their height of production.
The form is the feature for this piece, the undulating curves are chiselled and lightly angular, coalescing into the five stems which hint at the coral reefs their design inspiration was originally taken from.
Each stem is lightly decorated with a golden glaze which is overlaid onto a green undertone glaze.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or crazing as might be expected for a piece of this age; there is light use wear on the underside of the vase base that is commensurate with the age of the piece - please see photos as part of the condition report. The underside is marked with Sgrafo's stamp denoting 'SGRAFO MODERN, GERMANY'.
c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm tall x c. 3.5" / 9 cm diameter across the base of the vase. Width (across widest point): c. 5.1" / 13 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 245 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Sgrafo Modern was found in 1955 by Peter Müller in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany. Shortly after the company was founded, Müller kickstarted a small revolution and moved towards his creations to more modern forms and designs.
Müller would go onto to pioneer and successfully develop a new patented technique for making porcelain called Sgrafo. The technique involved overlaying two to three layers of porcelain (with varying colours) on top of one another and then notching into the material to reveal colours from the layers beneath to become visible.
Sgrafo Modern designs have a unique style which was a significant departure to other German porcelain products of the period. Müller would eventually retire in 1995 and Sgrafo Modern would go on to close with ASA succeeding the company.