This Gorgeous Josef Strnact vase is done in the Amorpha Art Nouveau style and stands 10-1/2 inches tall. There is a double handle with a three dimensional plums and vine leaf pattern. The Josef Strnact shield mark and the number 4411 are impressed on the bottom. This piece is in great condition, no chips cracks or crazing. Please note, all bright white in pictures are reflections from the camera and not chips or cracks. The colors are pastel pink, mint greens with plums and gold. Here is some history about this Austrian Pottery Company.
Founded by Josef Strnact junior in 1881 the terracotta, majolica and faience factory in the former Austrian town of Turn-Teplitz (located 50km south of Dresden, Germany) was an instant success because of its wide product range. It included faience and majolica vases, garden pieces like flowerpots and pillars, umbrella stands, tobacco jars, mantel clock casings and continued over weaved and open worked stoneware like baskets and flower receptacles up to terracotta wall-pictures and a series of letters, which were made of majolica and used for company signs (system was patented by Strnact).
Strnact opened a subsidiary in Geisingen (near Schaffhausen in Baden-Wuertemberg) in the year 1902 which was named 'Terracotta-, Majolica- und Fayencefabrik Strnact Junior'. To cope with the rising demand, Strnact purchased the ceramic factory of Anton Heller in Turn-Teplitz in 1909 and up to 1910 his factories there alone employed over 300 people.
In the late 1920s, Karl Zöttlein and Josef Pachmann became authorized signatories after Strnact slowly began to retire and in 1934 the complete business including the studio in Geisingen was taken over by the businessmen Mr. Elly Schubert and Josef Pachmann but seems to have vanished shortly after that.
Majolica Fayencefabrik Josef Strnact (1881 until 1934)
Majolica Pottery Vase with Plums JS Josef Strnact Austria Barbotine Double Handled Trompe-l'œil #4411 (1881-1934)