Michael Powolny (Austrian, Judenburg 1871–1954 Vienna)
H. 5-1/8, W. 3-1/4 in. (13 x 7.9 cm.)
Purchase, Emilio Ambasz Gift, 1990
Not on view
Powolny was a founder of the Wiener Keramik workshop in Vienna, which became part of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1907. Much of his work was traditional; he created pottery figurines that could be mistaken for those made in the eighteenth century. In functional pieces such as this vase, however, he adopted the geometric forms and patterning seen in works by the Wiener Werkstätte on view in this gallery.
private collection (in 1981); [Kunst und Antiquitätenhandel Herbert Asenbaum, Vienna, until 1990; sold to MMA]
Vienna. Künstlerhaus. "Moderne Vergangenheit Wien 1800–1900," May 21–August 9, 1981, no. 281 (lent by a private collection).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part I: 1900–1925," December 14, 1999–March 26, 2000, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.
Hermann Ubell. "Die Tagung des Deutschen Werkbundes in Wien." Kunst und Kunsthandwerk 15 (1912), ill. p. 372.
Waltraud Neuwirth. Wiener Keramik: Historismus, Jugendstil, Art Déco. Braunschweig, 1974, pl. 230 (private collection, Vienna).
R. Craig Miller. Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890–1990. New York, 1990, ill. p. 109 (color).