A SEIDE 'WIEN' FLOOR VASE FOR SCHEURICH 269/40
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A truly impressive 'Wien' ('Vienna') floor vase for SCHEURICH by designer A Seide. The silky, volcanic glaze of white over brown suggests marshmallow and chocolate. From the very early 1970's. Some have noted this form's resemblance—particularly in squatter manifestations—to an inverted light bulb. (The tallest vase ever made by SCHEURICH was a 65 cm handled form from the series—428/65.)
A SEIDE worked for SCHEURICH from 1970 to 1973. Little else is known for certain about this highly regarded artist.
SCHEURICH was founded by Alois Scheurich in Kleinheubachin, Bavaria, in 1954. The prolific designer Heinz Siery joined the firm the following year. Siery developed production techniques as well as designs for SCHEURICH and formulated a strategy of producing a wide array of simple forms that could be decorated in a great variety of glazes. A range of pieces that was both extensive and adaptable resulted. Costs were also kept low. The approach proved a great success; through the 1980’s, SCHEURICH produced more pottery than any other German manufacturer, much of it for export.
Early SCHEURICH ceramics sport relatively discrete colors and geometric patterns. In the late 1960’s and the 1970’s glazes were characterized by brown and green color schemes, sometimes accented with more vibrant hues—but there were also decors that employed the bold lava and volcanic glazes so popular today. Molded decors inspired by ancient cultures or patterns from nature were also represented. By the late 1980's, both shapes and color scales became plainer and the work less attractive.
Design Period – 1965-1974
Country of Origin – WEST GERMANY
Designer – A SEIDE
Maker – SCHEURICH
Attribution – WELL-KNOWN
Materials – CERAMIC
Colors – BROWN, WHITE
Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)
Height (cm) – 40.0
Diameter (cm) – 22.0