This rare piece of pottery dates to c. 1920. It comes from the Fritz Pitcher (Krug) Porcelain and Terracotta Factory located near Nurnberg, Germany. Not much research has been done on German ceramic works from this transition era. This particular Pottery started either in 1851 or 1870 and continued to make pottery until 1950. Two Fritz Krugs were potters there (a Jr. and a Sr.). In the Art Nouveau period, they concentrated on drip glazes (like this one) in imitation of other potters of the time. The glaze is pale, but glistening and brilliantly captures the interplay between orange, blue, and the spectrum of colors between. The base is a brownish orange that sits well as the backdrop for the drip glaze that flows down from the top of the vase. Wider at the top, save for the thin lip, and narrower at the bottom, the eye is naturally drawn downward along with the drip, which causes the beholder to see the piece in its glorious entirety. This very rare piece would make a fine addition to any German pottery collection.
H: 8 in.
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