Vase

Hungarian (Pécs)
about 1900
Modeled by Lajos Mack (Hungarian, 1876 1963) (1876-1963), Manufactured by Zsolnay Manufactory (Hungary (Pécs), active 1855–present)


Dimensions

Overall: 34.9 x 19.4cm (13 3/4 x 7 5/8in.)

Accession Number

1990.173

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with lustre glazes

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

Earthenware with luster glaze. Baluster form with molded dragon wrapped around body. Blue luster body with green luster with red highlights. Red luster underside.


During the 1890s a new technique of iridescent luster glazes was introduced at the Zsolnay factory. This trademark process was achieved by the addition of metallic oxides to the lead glaze. By the late 1890s a deep blue luster called Labrador was developed. Here, the rich surface effect was produced by several different colored luster glazes. With its asymmetrical form and naturalistic modeling, the vase is entirely characteristic of the fashionable Art Nouveau style.

Markings

raised seal, "Zsolnay-Pecs" around five church spires over stamped "M".

Provenance

By 1990, with Historical Design Collection, Inc., New York, NY; 1990, sold by Historical Design to the MFA. (Accession date: March 28, 1990)

Credit Line

European Decorative Arts Curator's Fund