Goldscheider ceramics


Goldscheider ceramics

In 1885, Friedrich Goldscheider came from the small Bohemian city of Pilsen to Vienna and founded the Goldscheider Manufactory and Majolica Factory. It became one of the most influential ceramic manufactories of terracotta, faience and bronze objects in Austria with subsidiaries in Paris, Leipzig and Florence. For over half a century Goldscheider created masterpieces of historical revivalism, Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) and Art Deco. Famous artists like Josef Lorenzl, Stefan Dakon, Ida Meisinger and the two perhaps best known Austrian ceramic artists Michael Powolny and Vally Wieselthier worked for Goldscheider.

More than 9,000 different models were created over a period of three generations. Since the very beginning many of these won first prizes and gold medals at innumerable world fairs, exhibitions and trade fairs. Goldscheider figures are nowadays very much sought after by collectors world-wide and reach astonishing prices at auctions such as Sotheby's, Christie's, Dorotheum and on ebay.

Bibliography

*Gerald Koeneke, "Goldscheider – West Germany. Figuren und Wandmasken 1953-60". Göttingen 2000 "Edition Ruprecht", ISBN 978-3-89744-122-4

External links

* [http://www.goldscheider.de Official site]
* [http://www.arnoldsche.com new official book on Goldscheider ceramics by Arnoldsche Art Publishers]


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