Separation Blues - I


West German Modernist Vase with Dripping Blue and Stone Grey Glazes by Fridegart Glatzle for Karlsruhe (LEO Design)


As an antiques dealer, I'm traveling all the time, on the hunt for new acquisitions for the shop.  While on-the-prowl, I cannot help but unearth the occasional tempting object (or collection) which I decide to purchase myself (rather than buy for the shop).  Truthfully, I need to rein-in such indulgences—keep it in moderation.  But, over the years, I've collected a number of "extra-curricular enticements"—my "Private Collection"—which is not usually offered for sale.

The piece above was made in the 1970's by ceramicist Fridegart Glatzle for Karlsruher Majoilika.  She was one of the lead artists for the German ceramics workshop, starting in the 1950's, after World War Two.  She designed many "lines" of ceramics for the company including the piece shown above (from the 1970's).  While the shape is classically Modernist, the glaze is reminiscent of an earlier aesthetic—perhaps from the Jugendstil period.  Perhaps this is why I like it so much!  I've been collecting this pattern for a number of years, mostly in Europe and occasionally here in the States.  But now my collection of this grouping has grown and I have decided to "deaccession" a few of the duplicate forms. My sideboard can only hold so many!  If you'd like to learn more about this piece, please click on the photo above.


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