This bowl depicts the Garden of Eden ripe with the sins of pleasure. As the apple trees uproot and dance across the landscape the sky darkens and the fate of humanity is revealed in the blood red clouds that stream through the sky. In the tour de force glazing of this intricate design we see the absolute mastery of the Zsolnay manufactory. This glaze picture rivals the audacity of Nabi paintings, and comes as close to perfection as this life allows.
-Description by Jason Jacques
Sketches for Model illustrated in Csenkey, Eva, Zsolnay: Szecessziós Kerámiák (Budapest, Hungary: Eva Csenkey, 1992), 37.
Chris and Kate Barber, UK
Jim and Rose Ryan, USA
About Zsolnay, Pècs Factory
In 1853 Miklos Zsolnay established a ceramics company in which the successful mass-production of industrial and architectural wares supported an art pottery division. Zsolnay's historical revival work was on par with its competitors and was internationally acclaimed. In 1893, under the influence of Clément Massier's luster ware, Zsolnay's ceramics chemist developed a rich iridescent glaze, marketed as "eosin." Used in flamboyantly contrasting color schemes, eosin glazes were applied to detailed sculptural work and also to simple vases, achieving results that include Fauve landscapes, Tiffany-like abstraction, and applied and free-standing sculptures of women, animals, and mythological subjects. [Source: Jason Jacques]
b. 1853, based in Pécs, Hungary