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The Drawing Room Antiques

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Art Nouveau Pottery


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Investing in Zsolnay. Buying period Art Nouveau Zsolnay as an investment is a question that is frequently asked of us by collectors and potential collectors. The best examples of Art Nouveau Zsolnay can be very costly. We recommend that one should shop around, buy books about Zsolnay (there are a number in the market place today) and visit galleries that specialize in Zsolnay Pottery. Spending tens of thousands of dollars on a single Zsolnay vase is not for the casual collector. With a resurgence in interest in Art Nouveau Decorative Arts, Zsolnay prices are well within the range of the best period Nouveau antiques. Tiffany lamps start in the $30,000.00 range with the high end costing hundreds of thousands. The liquidity (the ability to quickly sell ) of any decorative arts purchased as an investment should be looked at as a long term investment. Enjoy the beauty of the items, decorate your home with the best and most personally appealing examples; but plan on holding them as long term investments.







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Offering Museum Quality examples of rare Zsolnay Tiles. Just click on the above to go to our Tile Site.

# 4755. A war time propaganda -armed and vigilant shepard wearing an elaborate Hungarian sheepskin cloak (szür). Form issued November 24, 1915 and titled " The Armed Sheperd " Designed by Ferenc Szezsák Kolozsvári who was a sculptor at the Zsolnay Factory. Size: 16.5" tall. Marks: round raised mark of the era and incised form number 8848. Condition: back right base edge flake; firing crack viewed on the inside, minor flakes to the raised decorated cloak. This form pre-dates Tom of Finland by decades, yet the sculpture could have been a model for Tom's style, which was to become his trademark. The Shepard holds a rifle, which rests on the base, between his hands. Price: $3,500.00.

# 318. Pictured is a pair of ducks made by the Zsolnay Factory for the 1906 Milan Exhibition (Central hall of the Hungarian pavilion with the 'Duck Fountain' at the Exposition of Industrial Art Milan 1906). Designed by Geza Maróti. Documented in literature: Panorama: Architecture and Applied Arts in Hungary 1896-1916The Hall with the ornamental Duck Fountain was one of the main rooms of the Hungarian Pavillion. The Janus Pannonius Museum in Pecs has less than half a dozen of these figures. We estimate that there were about 12 figures around the fountain. This figure was transported from Hungary to Germany in the 1960's. From there it traveled to the United States. The size of the figure is 20" across x 20" deep and 16" tall. The ducks are life size. There are multiple repairs. The bills of each duck have been restored. There are repairs to the base. The material is Pyrogranite with blue, green and lavander and gold Eosin Glazes. These item are exceedingly rare and to the best of our knowledge were made only for the fountain in Milan. We have two statues in which there are two ducks in each statue.One of the duck statues has been sold and we have only one single statue available. Price: $5,500.00 for the statue.

# 259. Form # 7144. Circa 1903. Gres with raised Eosin Acid Etched Decoration of a landscape. Colors: vibrant metallic green trees; red lines and copperesque shaft of stylized clouds. Nabis style decoration. Size: 5.5" tall and 7.5" diameter. Condition: Minor bottom edge rim chips. Price: $9,500.00.

# 258. A Zsolnay vase of exceptional glaze and decor. Metallic blue and silver Eosin glaze with a very faint copper/lilac Eosin hue over a form of lilies and leaves. Hand etched form number 5424 which may indicate a prototype design. C. 1898-1900. The clay body is very heavy. 10½" tall. Hand drawn circular factory mark. Excellent condition: no restorations or chips; minor stress line on the underside. This quality of design and decor rarely come on the market these days. Price: $9,500.00.

# 254. Pan Pitcher. Form # 6102. C. 1900. Size: 8.25" tall. Factory Mark: round raised factory mark of the era; incised form number. On the side is impressed the artist incised "acorn" mark for Lajos Mack. A Green marbled metallic eosin glaze over the body of the pitcher; the handle is represented by the Faun or Pan covered with a dull red eosin glaze. Condition: there is a small glaze 'loss' that we believe was factory issued on the foot of the green pitcher base as noted in the detailed images. Price: $8,500.00.

Item # 227. A Zsolnay Pitcher. Late Secession era. Size: 9.5" tall. Condition: minor areas where the glaze did not adhere to the body of the pitcher. No restorations, chips. Marks: round raised factory mark of the era and incised initials: "S F". There is no form number however the form number for this pitcher is 8925. C. 1918. This is late production for the factory. The glaze is reminiscent of a glass box vase pictured on page 7 of Waltraud Neuwirth's "Bluhender Jugendstil" Band 1; described as a "Vase; Joh. Lotz Witwe, Klostermuhle". Glaze in the style of Loetz Papillon glass.The images pictures a silver spotted decoration against a darker silver blue ground. Concerning the incised " S F", we can find no artist who worked at the factory with those initials. The main decoration is a oil spotted metallic eosin silver over a blue metallic eosin background, the raised ribbon decorations are lilac / copper eosin. The glaze on this small pitcher is about as fine as was produced at the Zsolnay factory. Price: $7,500.00.

# 300. A Zsolnay Secession or Art Nouveau era vase. Size: app. 9" or 23 cm tall. Marked: "Zsolnay Pecs" and the form number "6466" and a factory tower mark dating this vase between 1915 and 1920. This form we believe was originally cast in Gres, a very heavy stone like material. This later casting of this form by the Zsolnay factory is of standard clay with the difference from other similar forms being an overall Eosin Glaze. The background is a very metallic blue Eosin with the Geranium leaves a very faint Green Eosin with predominant ochre colors. The flowers are very red ranging from bright to dark maroon. Condition: there may or may not be an over painted bottom rim flake as noted in the detailed images. We have seen this form several times over the years: this glaze is exceptional and rare. We do not know who the artist was that worked for the Zsolnay factory that designed this form. It is very high style, utilizing the concept of flowers and leaves to 'create' the form. Price: $9,500.00.

# 5366. An organic form Zsolnay Pitcher. Form number 5324 dating it to 1899. Size: 7.25" tall. Painted round factory mark; incised "Zsolnay Pecs" - hand scribed "5324" and an incised letter "M". Condition: as shown in one of the detailed images a small glaze scratch 1" down from the lip showing the white clay ground under the glaze. An identical form is pictured on page 170-figure 344 of "Zsolnay Art Pottery" The Gyugyi Collection. Description for this form in that book: "Exhibited : Paris 1900; Darmstadt Kunstsalon 1901; Leipzig Kunstgewerbe Museum 1901. Notated "unicum" (unique)." Original photo group picture on page 51 of "Szecessziós Zsolnay kerámia" written by Kovács Orsolya. Lusterous metallic blue Eosin glaze highlight the base with pale ochre colors along the handle and spout with hints of blue Eosin throughout. Price: $9,500.00.

# 5065. A circa 1900 vase. Form number 6108. Size 8" tall. This vase appears from time to time with this glaze shown as good as it gets. A Mermaid and Merman hang onto to an outcropping of rock with a blue metallic Eosin sea swirling around them. Flashes of green Eosin swirl in the blue Eosin sea. A pair of sea creatures in relief also appear in the water. The figures are covered in white matt glaze while their hair is a yellow/ochre color, the two sea creatures in majolica glazes, one with a faint Eosin highlight; the sea or water is purple / blue metallic Eosin. Interesting that this representation of a mer/creature has fins for each leg. Condition: minor scuffs consistent with use and age. There is a white glazed raised area about 1/8" diameter at the foot which may or may not be a restoration. This form has been documented in books and literature about Zsolnay over the years. Price: $15,000.00.

# 5038. A Secession - Art Nouveau - form Zsolnay vase. Form number 5750 and so incised. Size: 9" tall and 4.5" diameter. Condition: surface scuffs consistent with use and age; a glaze line (non photographable) from the top edge through one of the red glazed flowers 1.5" down into the vase, inside and outside. No restorations or overpainting. The Glaze is original. Design by Lajos Mack. c. 1898-1900. Mack made a number of designs using this undulating vine to flower decor including a plaquette that was intended to be hung on a wall. This flower and tendril form seems to be the most pleasing of this design. A form that surfaces from time to time with different glaze colorations. This one incorporates green, red, purple, and blue Eosin glazes in a well defined design. The only marks are the incised factory form number. Price: $12,500.00.

# 5381. An Art Nouveau Zsolnay Cachepot. Form # 7950-dating the form to 1906 - however the painted Zsolnay Factory mark indicate that this is a 1925-30 restrike. Entire gold Eosin glaze. Condition: the left female figure's head was broken off and re-attached with gold paint in evidence in the repair. Size: 11" x 4.5" x 4.25". Scuffs to the glaze consistent with use and age. Probably by the artist Nagy. Price: $1,200.00.

# 5365. A Secession Zsolnay Vase designed by Sándor Hidasy Pilló. Form # 8692 with a production year 1913 (the last year he worked at the Zsolnay Factory). Painted Zsolnay Factory mark and incised form number 8692. Size: 6" tall and 4.5" diameter at the widest. Hidasy designed decors using panthers and leopards for other vases. Sándor Hidasy Pilló was born in 1886. Artist, craftsman, painter. Studied as a painter at the National Hungarian Royal School of Applied Arts, between 1901 and 1905, then worked in the employment of the Zsolnay Factory from 1906-1913. As a designer of early Art Deco forms and creator of geometrical decor, by the year 1910, he was acknowledged as a significant designer to the point that he was able to sign pieces with his signature, something that the Zsolnay Factory discouraged. Three circles depict a cat encircled by silver eosin dots. Marbled and Eosin and glazes are used to color circles, triangles and Secession stylized decorations. The Eosin glazes include green, gold, red, blue, and purple. Well defined yet subtle metallic Eosin colors highlight this decor. Condition: base edge flake, well restored, encompass two triangles decorations. A similar decor is pictured on page 142 of Richard Stattners' fine book "Zsolnay Masterpieces of Hungarian Art Nouveau" Price: $3,950.00.

# 5364. A Secession era Pan Form 'lamp'. Form # 6236 dating this form 1901. Size: 10.1" x 8.7" x 5". This form was modeled by Lajos Mack and was first exhibited in Darmstadt in 1901. The glaze is a pale slightly streaked green with ochre undertones. We have had this form a few times over the years and this one seems to be more crisp showing details, especially the muscles of the pan figure. The form was created to be a lamp; however this particular example, though it does have the interior cup, could not have been fitted for electricity: there is not hole in the interior cup for the electric cord to exit and the base has no indentation for the cord to exit the base. This example does not have the acorn mark for Lajos Mack. This may be a singular example of the Pan Lamp form that is not a lamp. We know of no other such example. Round raised Zsolnay Factory mark and incised form number 6236. Condition: interior under edge base flake. Price: $9,500.00.

Item # 307. A period Art Nouveau Zsolnay Architectural Tulip form wall decoration. Marked on the reverse with the incised factory mark and the Architectural Form numbers: " 3320." Circa 1900-1905. Probably part of a larger ensemble and because the material is frost resistent Pyrogranite, it was probably used as an exterior decoration. The main color is Gold Eosin with a little green showing throught. Pre-cast holes (2) so that the form could be mounted. Condition: scuffs and tiny flakes consistent with use and age; no cracks or repairs. The center of the tulip where the top hole has a flake about .25" across and a couple of tiny flakes opposite. The Gold Eosin is very reflective and glows when viewed across a room at a distance. Size: app. 13.5" tall and about 7" wide, about 1.5" thick at the thickest, the form weighs 3 lbs. A rare and beautiful pottery item, easy to display on a shelf or on a wall. P.O.R.

# 309. A dinner plate. Zsolnay Factory. Design by Rippl Ronai, made sometime in the late 1900's. Size: 10" diameter. Condition, excellent. Price: $1,500.00.

# 270. A large Zsolnay Art Nouveau Tile. C. 1905-10. The size is: 19.5" x 26". Price: $8,500.00.

Item # 4882. A Vase c. 1900. Earthenware with acid-etched surface. The colors are metallic eosin green, purple, blue, lilac and gold. Size: 10.5" x 6.25" at the middle. Condition: scuffs consistent with use and age and there appears to be a repaired lamp hole in the under base. The form of this vase was pressed by the artist to create the indentations creating the random appearing form: really a very modern and new way of presenting art pottery. Other artist such as George Ohr with his Biloxi Art Pottery was experimenting with this technique. He along with the Zsolnay Factory exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis Exhibition and I would believe that Zsolnay possibly brought similar examples as this one to that exhibition. This glaze is an excellent example from a factory whose specialty was metallic glazes. A similar example of this vase is pictured on page 52 of Richard Stattner and Monika Csiba's excellent book titled: "Zsolnay Masterpieces of the Hungarian Art Nouveau." From a Cape Cod private estate. Price: $3,500.00.

# 4679. A fine pair of Secession hand modeled candle sticks. Size: 6", 15cm. Marks: round raised mark of the era and incised form numbers "5878". Circa 1900. The glaze: mostly copper eosin with strong marbled blue, green and gold eosin veins of color. The 'arms' are formed by the potter creating an undulating handle which when held is very pleasing to the touch. The fingers hold the candlestick conforming to the grasp of the hand. Condition: one of the sticks has an under edge flake as noted with over painting around the chip. Though we believed that many of this form were produced, we know of no other pair in private or public collections. Price: $3,500.00.

# 5132. A Zsolnay Secession Era bowl. Size: app. 9" wide and 3.5" tall. Green / Gold Eosin marbled glaze decorated the inside and outside of this shallow bowl. Painted factory mark. No incised form numbers. Circa 1900-1905. Condition: scuffs and glaze crackelature consistent with use and age. No edge or body cracks. The inside of this bowl must have been used to hold personal temporary objects and shows some scuffing. Perhaps coins, etc. A pleasing form. Price $650.00.

Item number 196. A Zsolnay Vase. Form number 1246. We believe that this form number relates to the Architectural Form Books of the factory. We date this item between 1910 and 1915. Severe Vienna Secession Style. Size: 12" tall. Glaze: blue runny glaze over a green glaze, gold highlights. Condition: as noted in the photos there is a glaze loss plus in several areas the glaze did not completely adhere to the surface, hence white undersurface shows through. This is a singularly and unusual Zsolnay item. We believe that it may have a funereal connection, perhaps even meant to be used as a funereal urn. Architectural forms designed at the Zsolnay factory were created by some of the most renowned designers and architects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This severe example probably reflects the decor of the interior of a church, chapel or mausoleum. P.O.R,

Item number 265. From the Zsolnay Factory in Pecs Hungary. Form number 8695 which dates it to 1912. The design was influenced by Michael Powolny and the Wiener Werkstatte of Vienna Austria. Factory marks of the era. Size: 8.25" tall; 5.25" diameter. Condition: Tiny pinpoint glaze loss on the edge of the lid as issued from the factory; no restorations or repairs. A small putti stands on a grassy knoll holding his cache of flowers. Glaze: mottled green metallic eosin against an orcher ground. Very few different examples exist reflecting this Vienna influenced design. P.O.R.

Item number 192. A rare Zsolnay double-necked vase. Designed for the Turin Exhibition of 1911 by Moric Pogany. Made of Porcelain Faience with metallic eosin glazed. The glaze on this vase reflects the best obtainable at the factory. Along with this vase were designed garden seats, smaller vases and cachepots in a similiar theme. The translation of the text on the vase reads: " There is strength in morality, there is morality in power, to shoulder fate's sad burden and not be discouraged kisses, love, poetry and singing birds have been created." Size: 18.25" tall. Condition: this is a very heavy vase and each corner has been repaired. This vase has Zsolnay factory incised marks (form # 8445). A similiar form was pictured on page 172 of "Panorama: Architecture and Applied Arts in Hungary 1896-1916" and exhibited in Kyoto and Tokyo in 1995 1996. Documented in literature (catalogues, price guides, etc.) Price $3,850.00.

# 285. In a series of photos we offer a fine and rare portrait bust of Miklos Zsolnay (1857-1922). This portrait bust depicts Mr. Zsolnay in his finest Hungarian Noblemans Regalia. It stands 19.5" tall and has a foot print of app. 7" square. The title states: ZSOLNAY M. Miklos and he was the son of Vilmos Zsolnay. He took over the management of the Zsolnay firm after his fathers sudden death in 1900. He was a member of the Upper House of the Hungarian Parliament. Under his direction, the factory reached its peak of international success. Artist signed: "NagyM 1909" the signature is hand scribed into the clay. Mihaly Kaplas Nagy (1864?-1943) was an artist, craftsman, sculptor. He studied at the Budapest School of Applied Arts. I suspect that it was a privilege to be chosen to sculpt a bust for Miklos Zsolnay. Condition: (please view the larger pictures by clicking on the above image) a loss to hat, we think that there was plume there; a loss to the sword hilt; a loss to the tip of the sword. This is a highly rare zsolnay item. P.O.R.

# 5457. A Zsolnay cachepot; form number 6203 - round raised factory mark: circa 1900. . This design was probably created by Mihály Kapás Nagy 1864-1943. Artist, craftsman, sculptor, from 1888 to 1942. With small interruptions, he was employed by the Zsolnay Factory as an artist-craftsman and sculpture. He was one of the artist teaching at the technical school for ceramics run by the Zsolnay factory. His job was to design and execute sample pieces. He designed many plastically decorated models manufactured in high numbers. Four ducks surround the cachepot walking through reeds and river plants. Size: 12" across / 12" tall and the base is 8" across. Green, gold, blue eosin glazes and majolica glazes used for the duck bills and feet. Condition: A crack across the outside of the entire base with glaze lines showing inside and outside the cachepot up either side meandering for over 8"; a restored edge repair to the lip. Despite its condition, this is a rare form of which we know of no comparison. Price: $15,000.00.

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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.

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Our Personal Zsolnay Journey

We had a link to the Zsolnay Factory, however the link was so difficult to control: windows would NOT close and I have had to eliminate the link . . . so you are on your own to search for the Zsolnay factory in Hungary.

This link takes you to a list of form number designs by Sàndor Apàti Abt

TheZsolnay Tile Museum : an online exhibition of architectural tiles from the 1880's to just before WWI produced at the Zsolnay Factory in Pécs, Hungary.



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. The Partnership of Gacher and Santi has been in business for over 30 years. We have been located in Newport since 1985.

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If you have an interest in knowing more about Zsolnay, check our Ephemera Link: we stock two excellent publications on the subject of Zsolnay. If you wish an evaluation about a Zsolnay item in your collection, just send us a photo with notations of size, condition and marks along with a self addressed stamped envelope and we would be glad to help you. And . . . of course we are always interested in purchasing fine examples of Zsolnay ceramics.

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