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Jug

Designer:
Richard Riemerschmid (German, Munich 1868–1957 Munich)
Manufacturer:
Reinhold Merkelbach (German)
Date:
1900–1902
Culture:
German
Medium:
Salt-glazed stoneware
Dimensions:
Height: 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
2002.13
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Richard Riemerschmid was a central figure in the Munich Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) movement. Versatile as a designer of ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, and architecture, Riemerschmid created modern, unpretentious utilitarian wares. The design of this jug, while clearly contemporary, also alludes to the long-standing German stoneware tradition. Riemerschmid, strongly influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement, became a founding member of the Deutsche Werkstãtten für Kunst und Handwerk in 1897 and of the Deutscher Werkbund in 1907. He was one of the first important designers of affordable, machine-made goods in the twentieth century.
Marking: impressed on the base: MERKELBACH/GRENZHAUZEN in a circle; 1657; 2L
[ Macklowe Gallery , New York, until 2002; sold to MMA ]
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