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A striking, hand-thrown, art pottery vase made in the very late 1940s or early 1950s at the Arno Kiechle pottery in West Germany.

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As is characteristic of Kiechle, this vase has incised and dramatically - colored enameled decoration set off against a deep black matte ground.

This vase features two musicians - a man playing a flute and a woman playing a stringed folk instrument - somewhat abstractly rendered in lovely shades of green, yellow, white, blue, and brown. Their faces, arms, hands, and feet are matte; their clothes are glossy and reflective.
The reverse side of the vase is undecorated save for the matte black finish.

Hand-inscribed on the underside of the base with the Kiechle marks, and the German word, "Handarbeit" (hand crafted.) See the photo for details.

Kiechle was in operation in West Germany beginning a little after World War II (1947) and stayed in operation through the "golden era" of West German pottery, closing in 1972. This vase's decoration is emblematic of the decorative emphasis in the 1950s on musicians and musical instruments.

This vase stands about 7 inches tall, and is 3.5 inches wide, more or less, at the shoulders. It is decorated on the interior with an aqua or turquoise glaze throughout. Running one's fingers up and down the inside of the vase, one can feel the swirls and ridges of the potter's work on the wheel.

No cracks, hairlines, breaks, or repairs to this beautiful object. When it was glazed, the potter used a tool to remove the black glaze at the mouth of the vase, creating a line revealing the cream-colored, unglazed clay of the vase's pottery. Under magnification, this tool mark appears slightly unsteady, as if the tool caught and pulled bits of clay with it on its round. Again, under magnification, I can see a bit of clay left on the pot, and two shallow areas and varying beveling. These are marks of handwork and add to the "Handarbeit" charm.

A lovely addition to any collection of West German pottery - or your mid-century decor.

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Mid Century Geman Ceramic Art Pottery Vase by Kiechle Pottery, Germany. Midcentury Flute Guitar Beat Musicians

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: clay, glazes
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 125 reviews
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