The Drawing Room Antiques

Hungarian Zsolnay Art Pottery

152 Spring Street Newport RI 02840 {USA}

# 4471. A Majolica Glaze Garden Seat. This example is of a line of similiar designs by Júlia Zsolnay ( daughter of Vilmos Zsolnay). Titled "Lotus" (Lótusz) Ware. The line included: plates, cups and saucers, vases, tea pots, fountains, garden seats and tables, etc. To the best of our knowledge these items came in either pink or yellow glazes with naturalistic green foliage. This example which is pink in color is app. 18" tall and is app. 14" across. The marks: incised with the mark of the era (1880's) "Made in Austria-Hungary" and the form number "3698". Starting in Pecs Hungary, this garden seat was shipped to Bucharest, Romania, then at some time to Tel Aviv, Israel and finally to our gallery here in Newport. A well traveled garden seat! Condition: multiple foot edge losses and old repairs to the top edge of the lotus 'seat' area (please see detailed photos). The body of the design is bamboo, tightly forming the structural body of the seat which is covered with vines of leaves and large flowers and flower buds with the actual 'seat' composed of a single large flower. We have had 5 other Lotus Garden Seats in the last 15 years. They are getting more and more difficult to find and as a majolica collectible, would make a superb addition to a majolica collection. Price: $1,500.00.

The import/export stamp from Romania.

Zsolnay Factory marks, incised with form number

Detail of one of the large flowers on the side of the seat.

Showing edge loss to the foot area of the Garden Seat.

Detail of the foot area and the edge flakes.

Top view of the seat area.

The flowers and leaves on the side of the seat were probably attached before firing and glazing.

The interior of the garden seat is hollow. Still, the seat weighs 29 Lbs. This seat has no interior glaze lines.


"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.

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