Mid-Century Dona Art Pottery Figural Vase. This beautiful, unique vase was made sometime around 1950 in South Vietnam by Dona Pottery. The Art Pottery vase is hand thrown and decorated with hand etched figures and accessories and then painted. The background is hand textured but left free of paint or glaze which is a typical feature of mid-century pottery giving the vase its “modern” look.
Each of the 4 beautiful young ladies is individually posed, etched and decorated granting each their own personality. Besides the basic etching of the figures, the vase has extraordinary designs and enamel painting of the beautiful garments they wear. The detail is phenomenal! An interesting thing about the ladies depicted is that their faces have been left blank with no features. I believe this was done to create a certain mystique about them.
Lady #1 has an extravagant dress with an intricately etched and enameled blue and white design. She has very long black hair and carries a basket of fruit. Lady #2 has a lovely dress in white with etched blue cloud decoration. She has shoulder yoke with colorful baskets of flowers hanging from each side. Lady #3 has a simple white dress with etched star flowers for decoration. She has straight black hair that reaches her waist and she carries a basket of flowers by its handle. Lady #4 wears an elegant sea green dress with etched half-moon designs. This Miss wears a conical hat over beautiful black hair and carries a basket of fruit balanced against her hip.
Both the lower edge and upper rim of the vase have wide bands of sea-green enamel paint, contrasting with the textured background and giving it a finished look. All in all, it’s an eye-catching vase and a beautiful accent piece for any décor.
SIZE: 10 ¼” high x 3 3/8” wide across the base.
MARKS: Partial impressed mark on the bottom is unreadable.
Mid-Century Dona Art Pottery Figural Vase.