The Drawing Room Antiques

Antique Secession Gallery

Art Nouveau Pottery


152 Spring Street Newport RI 02840 {USA}

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# 270. A large Zsolnay Tile. C. 1905-10. From a Hungarian Secession Dining Sideboard. The rather simple sideboard was the vehicle for 7 ceramic tiles from the workshop of the Zsolnay Factory in Pecs Hungary. The tile pictured here was the largest of the tiles made for it. The size is: 19.5" x 26". About 20 years ago, the sideboard surfaced in Budapest and the buyer removed the tiles (destroyed the sideboard) and sold off the seven tiles to various collectors. That Budapest Antiques Dealer passed away several years ago. Condition: there is a crack from the left center to the right for about 10". It has been badly over restored. The glaze used Eosin to show off the two birds, flowers and foliage. The design is Nabis in spirit. The meandering river or road creates a depth of field for the picture. The bright appearance in the photos is a very metallic Eosin Glaze. Dull Blue / Purple Eosin along with the purple colored glazes create a complex and special fantasy. This is the largest Secession Era Zsolnay tile (to the best of our knowledge) in existence. We believe it to be unique and a single example. P.O.R.

On the back left of this tile is scratched into the clay the signature "Ronai". We don't know if this signature was by the hand of Jozsef Rippl-Ronai or not.

This is a copy of an old photo taken about 20 years ago of the sideboard where Zsolnay tiles including the large tile in this site were incorporated. The large pheasant tile was used as the back board and the fish and rabbit tile were used in the doors. The sideboard ended up being purchased by a Budapest Antiques Dealer who removed the tiles (there were a total of 7) and disposed of the sideboard. He sold off the tiles to different collectors. We purchased the two square tiles in the doors from a collector in Vienna and the large tile from a collector outside of Budapest. It is certainly possible the the artist Jozsef Rippl-Ronai designed and executed the 7 tiles. We believe that this was a one of a kind production. We have never been able to find out who the pieces was designed for or who was the artist. We do not have a copy of the sideboard showing the pheasant tile, though we saw a photo of it about 10 years ago. Below are photos of the two sideboard tiles.

Sunlight reflects the green / gold Eosin glaze on the birds and some of the flowers.

Both birds in this tile including their tail feathers are bright green / gold Eosin glaze

Note the line crack in the tile in the above image.

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"Zsolnay Ceramics Collecting a Culture" with price guide: "This beautifully illustrated guide to Zsolnay ceramics, featuring over 400 color photographs, covers the three main periods of Zsolnay production, including 1868 to 1897-Folklorism, Historicism & Victorian Eclecticism; 1897 to 1920-Art Nouveau (Secession in Central European terms) and Art Deco (Second Secession); 1920 to the present-Modernism. An entire chapter; fully illustrated is also dedicated to Zsolnay marks to help collectors identity their pieces." This book is 191 pages and is a large format hard cover. The over 400 color photos detail Zsolnay by size, form number, date of production and current market value. Price: $49.95 + shipping.

The Drawing Room ( and The Zsolnay Store) is located at 152-154 Spring Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840.We are open daily from 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment. If you have an interest in an item listed in this document or wish to purchase an item, please call us at 1-401-841-5060 / cell phone 401-261-3980. The Partnership of Gacher and Santi has been in business for over 25 years. We have been located in Newport for over 11 years. Email us

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