- Museum number
Stoneware jug, with pewter lid; mould-made, the body with relief ornament of stylised plant forms rising vertically from the base and spreading out over the upper part of the jug; covered with a deep brownish-black lustrous matt glaze. The pewter lid also with matching relief decoration; impressed marks on the base.
- Production date
- 1900 (designed before 1900 and made circa 1900)
Height: 29.80 centimetres (of stoneware jug only)
Height: 35.60 centimetres (to top of thumb lever)
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', revised ed. 1994, no. 397:
For discussion of Magnussen's designs for Scharvogel and relevant literature, see 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Rudoe 1991, Cat.153; for further examples, see Cologne 1978, Kunstgewerbemuseum, 'Meister der deutschen Keramik 1900-1950', G. Reineking von Bock, cat.nos.544-546. This jug is illustrated in Kunst und Handwerk, 1900, 379, together with other Magnussen models; the glaze is described as 'dunkel graubraun, matt'. Richard Borrmann also illustrated this jug in his influential book, 'Moderne Keramik' (nd c.1902, 58) and gave warm praise to Magnussen's designs for Scharvogel with their curvilinear relief modelling.
The lustrous glaze is characteristic of Scharvogel's 'grès-flammé' (flambé stoneware), first exhibited at the Munich Glaspalast exhibition in 1899. For Scharvogel see exhibition catalogue, 'Art Nouveau in Munich, Stadtmusem Munich 1988, pp.149-151.
See also Hans-Dietrich zur Megede et al, 'Jakob Julius Scharvogel. Keramiker des Jugendstils' Darmstadt 1995,
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Auction in Munich, 4.5.1991, lot 261.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number