Going Underground

Scheurich West German Tall Vase with "Tilework" Bas Relief (LEO Design)

This tallish vase by Scheurich brings to mind a dip into the U-Bahn (subway) in many a German city.  The Modernist bas relief decoration which surrounds the piece is reminiscent of the tilework to be found on the walls of typical post-War underground train stations. And it makes perfect sense: both the vase and the train station tilework were crafted in the 1960's or 1970's—a time when Germany was struggling to rebuild its economy after two devastating wars.  The labor-intensive production of ceramics and tile were well-suited to a country seeking to put many people back to work.  Luckily, many of the vases were exported to eager buyers in Europe and America.  The subway tiles tended to stay put.

Please click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome vase.


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