FRITZ VAN DAALEN STUDIO POTTERY EWER VASE
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A beautifully formed ewer vase from the studio of Fritz Van Daalen. The red clay body has raised concentric rings from top to bottom, and the entire vase is covered with a pale, translucent, beige glaze that allows the red rings to show through. It is in perfect condition.
VAN DAALEN KERAMIK was established in 1938 by Fritz van Daalen in the small town of Schwäbisch Gmünd in southern Germany, about 50 km east of Stuttgart. Van Daalen ran a local store retailing handcrafted items, and he set up the ceramics workshop to produce figurines, wall plaques, and bowls to sell there. Production was suspended in 1943 for WWII and resumed in 1946. VAN DAALEN's output eventually included a quantity of vitrified utilitarian ceramics.
By 1951, operations had been relocated to a farm outside of the town of Aalen, 20 km to the east. The ceramics modeler Friedrich Düpmann was hired by VAN DAALEN KERAMIK in 1952. His tenure was short-lived, but his designs set the tone for the firm's production for the rest of the decade. (Düpmann was later employed at Steuler Keramik, where, arguably, he would do his most important work.) From the mid-1950s onward, van Daalen's son Helmut (1923–2012) took responsibility for introducing new shapes and décors.
At some early point in its history, VAN DAALEN introduced the unusual and unfortunate practice of destroying the original models of shapes that were no longer financially viable. For instance, if demand for a particular vase dried up, its corresponding mold was shattered. VAN DAALEN KERAMIK ceased operations in 1973 when it could not find suitably skilled workers. Carstens took over the surviving molds and the company name.
VAN DAALEN always used dark red clay. Almost all items were marked on the base with a "VD" symbol, form number, and size. Earlier items had a relative size number (1-4); later items list the height in cm. Form numbers appear to be either between 0-200 or in the 4000s.
Maker – VAN DAALEN KERAMIK
Production Period/Year – 1950s
Designer – UNKNOWN
Design Period/Year – 1950s
Origin – WEST GERMANY
Styles/Movements – TRADITIONAL
Materials – CERAMIC
Colors – BEIGE, TERRA COTTA
Condition – Excellent vintage condition.
Dimensions – 3 ½" W × 4 ½" D × 6" H