A fine ash tray or bowl by the renowned German potter Anton Lang. Lang, a native of Bavaria, was a potter and an actor, renowned for playing the Christ figure in the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1900, 1910, and 1922. There are many popular 'post card' and 'cabinet card' photographic images from his time showing him both in his pottery studio, and as the Christ figure.
Lang visited the US in the 1920's where he spent time at the Rookwood Potteries in Ohio during it's heyday. There are pictures of him throwing pots at Rookwood, although he was never an employee.
Lang and his family were anti-Nazi, and he was attacked by the Nazi's for resisting their attempts to put anti-Semitic propaganda into the Passion Play, and because he was active in pacifist groups. Nazi officials displayed their contempt for him by boycotting his funeral in 1938.
So this little piece has quite a distinguished history. Lovely too with it's hand pinched edge and glossy turquoise glaze.
Condition is good, with one tiny flake along the edge which shows much larger than life in the closeup photograph. Signature is impressed on the bottom and has caught a bit of the turquoise glaze. Early 20th C. Measures 6 3/8" in diameter, and 1 3/8" tall.
A nice piece for your collection if you collect Anton Lang's pottery. Or this piece could certainly be pressed into use, and although it may originally have been intended to be used as an ashtray, I would suggest floating a few yellow blooms in it, fill it with nuts, or serve a spread and use the indents to rest a small knife. The color is beautiful and the hand work superb. Treat yourself.
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