A Vienna Secession c. 1900 patinated ceramic jardiniere with a mottled purple surface. The piece has bands of interesting gilt bronze mounts around the center and floral-like mounts on the ends. The whole piece has a boat-like appearance. The interior is a contrasting but appealing blue. The bottom is stamped with a serial number the word "Vienna" and the letter k I believe stands for "keramik" the ceramic works.
During this period The Vienna Secessionist led the artistic avant-garde in Europe.
From Wikipedia: The Vienna Secession was formed as a progressive alliance of artists and designers. From the start, the Secession had placed special emphasis on the applied arts, and its 1900 exhibition surveying the work of contemporary European design workshops prompted the young architect Josef Hoffmann and his artist friend Koloman Moser to consider establishing a similar enterprise.
Finally in 1903, with backing from the industrialist Fritz Wärndorfer, the Wiener Werkstätte began operations in three small rooms; it soon expanded to fill a three-story building with separate, specially designed facilities for metalwork, leatherwork, bookbinding, woodworking and a paint shop. The range of product lines also included; leather goods, enamel, jewellery, postcards and ceramics. The Wiener Werkstätte even had a millinery department.
Beginning with the 14th Exhibition of the Vienna Sezession in 1902, the radical distinctiveness of certain Viennese artists began to emerge, setting a foundation for the widespread Modernist movement; this became known as Wiener-Werkstätte-Stil (literally, the Vienna Workshops Style). Among the innovators was the Viennese architect Josef Hoffmann. His cubist sculpture created in 1902 marked a break into independence for many Viennese artists. His works from this period are especially remarkable when one considers that the term "cubism" only found its way into the art lexicon around 1907 to describe the work of Pablo Picasso.
CONDITION: Good. A few nicks and slight soiling. Wear commensurate with age and use. Some extra rubbing to the bottom of one foot. The blue rim discoloration appears to be in the firing.
DIMENSIONS: 5" high x 17.5" long, 8" deep
WEIGHT: 4 pounds, 8 ounces