WALTER GERHARDS SPOTTED CONICAL VASE Nr. 1011/25
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A dark teal cone-shaped vase with glossy white spots and a golden yellow interior by Walter Gerhards. It looks very much like a Christmas Tree!
WALTER GERHARDS KG was founded in 1957 (and registered in 1959) in Ransbach-Baumbach, by Walter Gerhards and his wife Elfriede Gerhards. It was reorganized as Gerhards GmbH in 1974. There were approximately 50 employees by 1977, later expanding to 70, using six large electric ovens. Elfriede managed the business, while Walter led the artistic and technical design.
Initial production focused on ceramic planters, but ornamental lighting and other decorative ceramics, including vases and plates, soon took focus. Ceramic lamps were turned over to lighting companies which completed the electronic components.
There was a particular interest in relief decorations, often reflecting ancient or historical scenes. Examples include the Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal and the Napoleon series. In 1984 ownership changed; the company continued until 2000.
NOTE: It has long been believed that Walter Gerhards designed for Wilhelm Söndgen GmbH at some point, but this is not the case. Gerhards only designed for his own company Walter Gerhards KG.
Maker - Walter Gerhards KG
Production Period - 1960s
Designer - Walter Gerhards
Design Period - 1960s
Origin - Germany
Styles/Movements - Mid-Century Modern; Art Pottery
Materials - Ceramic
Colors - Teal; egg yolk
Condition - Excellent vintage condition.
Dimensions - 6ʺ Diam. × 10ʺ H