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# 5394. A Historical Era Monumental Pilgrim flask with bird and flower decoration. Circa 1883. Form # 790. Size: 31.13" x 21.0" x 7.5". Trademark: Painted Zsolnay Factory mark inside on of the four feet. A similar form is pictured in " Zsolnay Art Pottery The Guygyi Collection" on pages 64 and 65. Condition: the finial cap was broken into about 15 sections and reglued (badly) back together. There was considerable gold gilt tracery much of which has been lost. Each side pictures birds: three on one side and 2 on the other. One of the birds is a peacock. This size must have been difficult to cast because of the size and few have survived. P.O.R.

# 5391. An eccentric pitcher. Size: 19.25" tall. Marks: incised "Z.V. Pecs" and form number 1018 which dates this form to about 1882. Looks like a form that may have been designed by Tade Sikorski but think that he was yet to be associated with the Zsolnay Factory at that time. Condition: there are several losses and breaks including: the tips of the horns on the head of the winged figure; the tip of the nose of the winged figure; both tips of the 'tail' of the winged figure broken off and replaced with an inferior restoration; the curved scroll at the base of the handle as been broken off and reglued; the lowest roundel in the front of the pitcher below the stemmed leaves. There is no doubt that this form originated from the Zsolnay Family collection of antique pottery assembled by the family during travels abroad. This form probably originated from Mayan or Mexican antiquities in the family collection. The yellow is a standard glaze used during this era of production. Suspect that few of this form have survived, surprised that the wings were not broken off. We know of no other of this form outside of the Museums Collections in Budapest and Pecs Hungary. P.O.R.

The Works of

Ármin Hermann Klein

"From 1878 we find the works of Ármin Klein among the ceramics of popular decoration. Klein studied at the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts. His first works (for the Zsolnay Factory) include a small plate with cobalt design, made for the Paris World Exhibition, representing cupids buying and selling in a pottery workshop. The inscription reads: 'Exposition Universel 1878 Hongarien Porterie' From 1879 he painted on plates portraits of noble ladies and gentlemen wearing decorative hats and helmuts. Klein modelled as well. . . " 1.*

" . . . the only sculptor at the factory with 'academic credentials' . . . " "Following in the footsteps of the Pre-Raphaelites, he designed models after 1879 that were simply called 'English figures' at the factory. . . " 2. *

# 321. A Zsolnay Flower pot. Size: 8" wide x 5" deep x 7" tall. Age: 1880. Condition: hairline crack as noted in one of the photos with tiny flake loss to the outer glaze. Information about this flower pot may be found on the BARD College Catalogue titled: "Hungarian Ceramics from the Zsolnay Manufactory" on page 90. As stated "18. Drawing for flowerport with 'English figures", 1880. Pattern sheet # 132. Designed by Armin (Hermann) Klein" The watercolor details all four sides of this charming scene. A young girl ties up the branches of a potted tree while a winged angel with a bow looks on. The young girl is in a fenced in yard of trees flowers and a garden bench. This flowerpot is factory marked with the standard blue pencil underglaze mark of the era plus there is a hand inscribed form number '606' and incised 'z w pecs'. Armin Klein specialized in this style decoration and his pieces were successfully sold in Vienna, the United States and England. P.O.R.

# 5378. A heavy cast charger. From the Zsolnay Factory. Incised mark on the reverse: "Zsolnay Pecs" and an unidentifable form number. Size: 11.25" diameter; 1 3/4" deep. Circa 1870's. Early production for the Zsolnay Factory. Condition: excellent. An incised decoration of berries, leaves and twigs with folkloric decor including five pointed stars forms in each corner. The colors are fall or harvest colors: yellow, ochre, browns, blue green and apple green. The back side is a strong apple green. Meant to be hung with two factory made hanging holes on the back side. P.O.R.

# 5184. A fine large Zsolnay Wash Bowl. Circa 1891. Marked: Zsolnay Pécs plus made in Austria-Hungary with the form number 3619. Fireproof earthenware, high fired colored glazes. Size: approximately 16.75" in diameter and 5.5" tall. This Majolica style bowl was designed by Tádé Sikorski in 1891. Colors available were pink, yellow, cream. Condition: line crack from the outer rim down about 3" showing inside and outside the bowl. P.O.R.

# 5185. A fine large Zsolnay water pitcher. Circa 1891. Marked: Zsolnay Pécs with the form number 3619. Fireproof earthenware, cast with hand sculpted handle, high fired colored glazes. Size: approximately 12" tall. This Majolica style pitcher was designed by Tádé Sikorski in 1891. Colors available were pink, yellow, cream.Condition: base flake and interior stress line. P.O.R..

# 5099. A matched pair of "Palace" vases (pictured on either side of this sideboard). Each is 23" tall. Circa 1882. No form number mark but standard blue underglaze Zsolnay Factory mark of the era. Metal mounts of dramatic lion faces are applied as handles attached at the factory. Rings are held in the mouth of the lion. Typical 'Turkish' decor probably designed by Júlia Sikorski Zsolnay. Condition: repair to one of the metal mounts; gilt loss to both vases; no chips or pottery restorations. P.O.R.

A pair of rare Zsolnay Furniture mounts. c. 1896-1900 in the Millenial Style. Identical to furniture mounts from the office of the Prime Minister's Office in the Parliament Building in Budapest Hungary. Designed by Erno Foerk. As described in the Bard College Exhibition Catalogue titled: "Hungarian Ceramics from the Zsolnay Manufactory" on page 189 (with photos of the mounts) " Fig. 8-4. Ceramic inlay elements for the furniture and interior of the office of the prime minister, 1899. Designed by Erno Foerk; modeled by Lajos Marchenke, Porcelain-faience, hand-pressed into mold, hand painted with eosin glazes." We offer two different Zsolnay furniture mounts. The oval shaped one is 1.5" x 2" and the square mount is 2" square. Condition: there is slight rubbing to the lower section of the oval mount; please also note (the oval tile)that the upper indentation area on either side of the decorations have losses: there were 6 small ball decorations evenly spaced around the oval tile and two of these ball decorations are gone. These Zsolnay furniture decorations have been mounted onto a velvet board (frame size 6.25" x 9.25") with common wood glue. These are rare and beautifully decorated Zsolnay ceramics that seldom come on the market. P.O.R.

# 4818. An unmarked Zsolnay Majolica garden urn. c. 1873. Similar items were exhibited at the Vienna World Exhibition in 1873. This one piece garden urn has a high fired majolica glaze with vibrant exterior colors. The background color is turquoise with polychromed very raised decorations. Size: 15" across (the bowl); 19" across (the handles); 14" tall. Condition: minor flakes to the base; minor edge wear to the relief decorations. The handles have no breaks or restorations. The thinnest part of the bowl section is about 3/4" thick at a minimum. A head of a Baccus figure decorates either side with cornucopia filled with fruit on either side. The figure, cornucopia and ribbons form a strong relief to the body. Comparable in execution and design to Mintons of England. P.O.R.

Item # 4757. A Zsolnay Vase. C. 1896. Size: 13" tall with a 6.25" footprint. 41" circumference. Marks: Millennium mark (lamp hole drilled) from around 1896. This large Zsolnay vase shows the influence of Italian Gubbio school of glazing. Others experimenting with this decor were William Frend De Morgan and Pilkington Tile & Pottery both of England. Deep Maroon underglaze with gold eosin overglazing. There is also a Lilac Eosin highlight to areas of this vase. The very metallic reflections take on different colorations in different light. Condition: lamp hole; lip repair as noted and fracture line (must have happened when the lip was broken) to the opposite side of the lip repair. Minor scuffs to the glaze consistent with use and age. This vase is the largest size with this particular glaze decoration that we have had. P.O.R.

Item number 4066. A set of three decorative Mugs from the Zsolnay Factory of Pecs Hungary. Incised factory mark and form number 1514 dating these to around 1885. Designs consistent with those of Armin Klein who designed for the Zsolnay Factory. Each mug is 4.75" tall. Each depicts a pastoral view with bear, deers, rabbits, trees and foliage, all done with blue pencil again a crackled which porcelain faiance background. Condition: as noted on mug has a fleck to the underside and a fleck to the bottom of the handle. These were made to go with a pitcher. P.O.R.

Item number 296. A Zsolnay cachepot. Vibrant Yellow Shriveled Glaze. Incised form number 1334 which dates this item to c.1885. Size: 5.5" tall by 7.5" square. Delicate pierced decor painted with black, red and gold gilt highlights. The Shriveled Glaze was a mistake discovered after firing (a worker dropped a solution by accident into a vat of glaze without mentioning it). This glaze comes in Yellow, Pink, White and Turquoise. The form resembles a closing octopus with it four tentacles reaching in. At the least it certainly has a sea crustacean spirit about it. A very unusual and exceptional form and decor from the Zsolnay factory of Pecs Hungary. Similar glaze examples listed in "Zsolnay Ceramics: Collecting a Culture". Condition: as pictured a tiny glaze edge loss to the inside of one of the pierced edges. P.O.R.

# 104. A pitcher ca. 1889, form number 2953. Old Ivory Line: this example with a rare multi color glaze of rose and pink with gold highlights. Excellent condition. 8" tall. P.O.R.

# 4471. A Majolica Glaze Garden Seat. This example is of a line of similar 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. P.O.R.

1.* "Zsolnay Ceramics Factory Pecs" Eva Hars / Helikon 1997.

2. * "Zsolnay Art Pottery The Gyugyi Collection" Csenkey, Gyugyi, Hars / Helikon 2006.

"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.

To order this book please send a check or money order {$49.95 + $12.25 shipping Priority and Insurance in the U.S.}for a total of $62.20 to: The Drawing Room , 152 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840 {Email us for information about postage charges for shipping outside of the continental United States}

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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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