Old is New

Karlsruhe West German Modernist Slab-Form Vase with Broad Blue Glaze Stripe (LEO Design)

Though this West German Modernist vase was intended for an avant garde interior, there is no denying it has an old soul. Its shape, for starters, is based on that of an ancient stele—those large, important and sometimes crude slabs of stone, often embellished with decoration or writing, used as commemorations, grave identifiers or boundary markers.  The Rosetta Stone is amongst the most famous (and important) such stele.  Then there's the texture of the ceramic and its complex, stoney glaze which implies old age.  But for a bold, blue band, everything about this piece contradicts its Mid-Century Modern provenance.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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