Vase

Designed by Svend Hammershøj, Danish, 1873 - 1948. Made by Herman A. Kähler, Naestved, Denmark, established 1839.

Geography:
Made in Næstved, Denmark, Europe

Date:
c. 1938

Medium:
Glazed stoneware

Dimensions:
Height: 12 1/4 inches (31.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1974-62-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Gertrude Schemm Binder Fund, 1974

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  • PublicationDesign, 1900-1940

    Inspired by Chinese ceramics, the simple form of this mat white case is enlivened by its shallowly reeded surface, random splatter pattern, accidental crackle caused by the firing process, and black banding at the neck. This monumental piece was produced in the late 1930s by the firm of Herman A. Kähler after designs by Svend Hammershøj, along with a number of other vases, urns, and bowls that shared its style and technique. This series was very different from the bolder, more exuberant ceramics with brighter glazes and applied naturalistic ornament that the artist designed in the late 1920s, when his work still revealed the influence of the Art Nouveau style of the Danish potter Thorvald Bindesbøll. Early in the century Bindesbøll had encouraged Hammershøj, already a successful painter, to collaborate with craftsmen and manufacturers, and throughout his career Hammershøj was to design ceramics, glass, silver, and leatherwork for industry while continuing to paint. By 1902 he was working with the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory, and in 1905-6 he became the first Danish artist to design for the glass industry, creating for the Holmegaards glassworks the "Margrethe" stemware service, which remained in production until 1960. Hammershøj designed silverwares for the firms of Holger Kyster and A. Michelsen in very personal styles that include strange, undulating sculptural forms that look as if molded in clay and naturalistic ornamentation that recalls his Art Nouveau beginnings. Kathryn B. Hiesinger and George H. Marcus, from Guides to European Decorative Arts: Design, 1900-1940 (1987), p. 46.