Zsolnay Porcelain Ewer Pair


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Large pair of Zsolnay pecs Hungarian porcelain ewers. The ewers glazed in a yellow base with fluted openings flowing into the neck of the vase decorated with three ribbed segments with raised porcelain decoration. The globular body with floral decoration throughout. Near the base of the vase a stemmed decoration surrounds circumference with matching raised porcelain crafted onto a splayed foot rim. To the side of the vase a pink webbed pattern connects the spout to the body decorated with matching raised porcelain spots. To the base one impressed factory mark, an impressed pattern number 3439 and three printed marks.

Lot Notes:

Miklós Zsolnay (1800–1880) was the founder of Zsolnay in Pécs, Hungary originally the company produced stoneware and ceramics. In 1863 Vilmos Zsolnay (1828–1900) the son of Miklós Zsolnay joined the company and eventually become the director to which he led the factory to worldwide recognition by demonstrating its innovative products at world fairs and international exhibitions. This included the 1873 World Fair in Vienna and the 1878 World Fair in Paris where Zsolnay received a Grand Prix. In 1893, Zsolnay introduced porcelain pieces made of eosin. In 1900 Vilmos’ son Miklós took over. Frost-resisting Zsolnay building decorations were used in numerous buildings specifically during the Art Nouveau movement. By 1914, Zsolnay was the largest company in Austro-Hungary.

During World War II, its site of production in Budapest was bombed. With the rule of communism the factory was nationalized in 1948. Eventually, the Zsolnay name was dropped. The Pécsi Porcelángyár (Pécs Porcelain Factory) was used primarily to produce common tableware goods. However, in 1982 with the resumption of a market economy, the company regained its operational independence, was reorganized, and the Zsolnay name returned. In 1991, the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture became a stock company, and five years later it was bought by a private equity enterprise.

In September 2008 a contract was concluded with the Swedish company, IKEA. According to the contract, Zsolnay will deliver 5,000 tonnes of ceramics per year from September 2009. This deal will triple the sales of Ft 1,1 billion (€4,4 million) for Zsolnay.

Condition: Good, chip to one vase foot. Both with rubbing and age related wear.

Measurements: 27.5cm H x 20cm W x 14.5cm D