Ernst Wahliss, ‘Gems and Drips Vase’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernst Wahliss, ‘Gems and Drips Vase’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernst Wahliss, ‘Gems and Drips Vase’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernst Wahliss, ‘Gems and Drips Vase’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernst Wahliss, ‘Gems and Drips Vase’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernst Wahliss, ‘Gems and Drips Vase’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery

The virtuosic blending of color and texture shows how inventive decoration can triumph over nondescript form. Brightly colored drips of slurry clay cascade like melted wax down the two-handled jug-like body, whose shoulder and lower body exhibit impressed patterns and a watermelon rind glaze, respectively. Extruding bits of clay and a gold scalloped lip add to the impression that riotous decor has been imposed, rather than integrated, upon the vessel, transforming it from functional to purely decorative object.

About Ernst Wahliss

By the late 1880s, merchant Ernst Wahliss had established himself as Vienna's leading retailer in porcelain goods. In 1894, he purchased the Alfred Stellmacher factory in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, and began to produce decorative ceramics under the name Ernst Wahliss Kunst-, Porzellan- und Fayence-Fabrik. By 1907 his son Gerhard Martin Wahliss owned the factory and continued to create a variety of functional and decorative items in earthenware and porcelain. [Source: Jason Jacques]

Austrian, 1836-1950, Vienna, Austria