Reinhold Merkelbach (German, 1882-2007)Paul Neu (Germany, 1881-1940)
Jugenstijl Stein #2196, 0.5L, c. 1916
cobalt glazed, stoneware
5” tall x 5 ½” wide (with handle)
A scarce Paul Neu (1881 – 1940) stein with cobalt Jugenstijl (“youth style”) decor, model 2196, appropriately marked with the Reinhold Merkelbach, Grenzhausen impressed mark, impressed model no. 2196, and impressed N, c. 1916.
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A fine scarce American Arts & Crafts earthenware vase, shape no. 129, “tree-lined” decorative design no. 1241, designed by Frederick H. Rhead (1880-1942) for Avon Faience Co., Tiltonville, Ohio, United States (1902-1906), circa 1902-1903.
The spherical globular form with slightly raised round ring mouth (no. 129), made of a yellow/cream clay, is decorated in the slip-trailed “tree-lined” decoration (no. 1241) incorporating a stylized sunset landscape with tall skyward reaching limbed trees in front of a turquoise pond, dark wooded background, and field of orange indicative of a sky during sunset. The body is finished with a high-gloss glaze. The colour scheme and technique are instantly recognizable as a Rhead handiwork.