Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes." Similarly, the decorative arts will sometimes "lift" inspiration from an earlier period—reinterpreting the past in a new, fresh and modified way. The vase above, made by Dümler & Brieden in 1972, is just such an example. While the piece has a Mid-Century Modernist sensibility, it is inspired by the earlier Turn-of-the-Century Secessionist Movement. A short walk through Vienna will reveal no shortage of wonderful Secessionist architecture, often embellished with ceramic tile, trim and decor like the vase, shown above. Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.
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