In a crackled white glazed earthenware, raised on later custom made white painted wood pedestals.Â
Neptune 4 ft. 1/2 x 19 x 10 1/2 in.
Venus 47 x 17 1/2 x 14 in.
Note: Michael Powolny an Austrian designer, teacher and celebrated ceramic artist was, with his friend Josef Hoffmann, one of the key figures in the Wiener Werkstatte, a seminal group promoting the development of modern design. Powolny designed the two figures in the above offered lot for the Dianabad Bath House in Vienna. The Bruder Schwadron in Vienna provided all of the architectural ceramic furnishings for the bath house, including 8 of the Neptune sculptures. In the luxurious Dianabad, Neptune was displayed in the mosaic covered niches set high in the walls around the tiled splendor of the gentleman's bath. The Dianabad and the adjourning hotel were both severely damaged during the second World War and were later demolished.
A pair of Powolny's Neptune figures were on display at the MAK, The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna in 2014, during their exhibition on The Schwadron Brothers. Ref: E. Frottier, Michael Powolny, Keramik und Glas aus Wein 1900-1950, cat. raisonnÃ© 198, ill. 54, 55; T Zickler (ed), Bruder Schwadron, Neue Orte & Spuren, Vienna, 2014, p. 19-123.
Powolny also designed wall tiles for the Theater und Kaberett Fliedermaus, in Vienna. And the famous Palla Athene sculpture for the Palais Stoclet, a Vienna Secession style mansion in Brussels which Josef Hoffmann designed, where it greets visitors from its lofty perch above the entry pavilion.H.M. Luther Antiques, NY.Property of a European Collector