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Zsolnay and Art Nouveau

Published on , by Anne Doridou-Heim

The Zsolnay manufactory’s mastery of a specific varnish allowed it to achieve an iridescent metallic glaze.

€28,160Vilmos Zsolnay company, c. 1904, “Round of Women in the Manner of Gustav Klimt”,... Zsolnay and Art Nouveau

€28,160
Vilmos Zsolnay company
, c. 1904, “Round of Women in the Manner of Gustav Klimt”, pair of enameled ceramic flower-pot holders, h. 19 cm/7.48 in; diam. 25.5 cm/10.04 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, December 3, 2021, Ader OVV. M. Eyraud.

In 1853, Miklós Zsolnay (1800–1880) opened a workshop in Pecs, a city in southern Hungary near the Croatian border. After his son Vilmos (1828–1900) joined him ten years later, the company gained international acclaim. The Zsolnays successfully experimented with different enameling and glazing processes and won a gold medal at the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition for eosin, a high-quality varnish they invented. Their ceramics’ iridescent metallic appearance makes them immediately recognizable. The Zsolnay company successfully developed Art Nouveau lines in the Mitteleuropa style and cultivated an immoderate taste for nature. At the time, Symbolism was popular: muses with flowers charmingly decorate their vases and ewers.

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€17,400Vilmos Zsolnay, ovoid ceramic vase with iridescent metallic glaze featuring a relief of a woman with irises, h. 37 cm/14.56 in.Bloi

€17,400
Vilmos Zsolnay
, ovoid ceramic vase with iridescent metallic glaze featuring a relief of a woman with irises, h. 37 cm/14.56 in.
Blois, March 16, 2019, Pousse-Cornet OVV.

€16,500Pecs, Zsolnay workshop, polychrome faience vase decorated with eosine sunflowers on an iridescent ground, h. 42 cm/16.53 in.Saint-É

€16,500
Pecs, Zsolnay workshop,
polychrome faience vase decorated with eosine sunflowers on an iridescent ground, h. 42 cm/16.53 in.
Saint-Étienne, October 31, 2019, Ivoire Hôtel des Ventes du Marais OVV.

€23,400Vilmos Zsolnay, ceramic flower-pot holder with elephant-head handles, oxblood, tea-green and purple enameled slip, 24 x 55.5 x 14.5

€23,400
Vilmos Zsolnay
, ceramic flower-pot holder with elephant-head handles, oxblood, tea-green and purple enameled slip, 24 x 55.5 x 14.5 cm/9.44 x 21.85 x 5.70 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, March 30, 2018, Millon OVV. Mme Marzet.





















 
On June 18, 2021, the musée d’Orsay acquired a Zsolnay ewer in a mount featuring a snake at Drouot
€20,320Vilmos Zsolnay, c. 1900, ceramic vase with a parrot, decorated in high relief, enamel slip with wide ochre drippings on an iridesce

€20,320
Vilmos Zsolnay
, c. 1900, ceramic vase with a parrot, decorated in high relief, enamel slip with wide ochre drippings on an iridescent greenish, red, purple, yellow and red ground, h. 51 cm/20.08 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, March 26, 2021, Pescheteau-Badin OVV. Cabinet Marcilhac.

€19,050The Zsolnay manufactory, ceramic bottle with a flat quadrangular body surrounded by thick lateral vines, decorated in low relief wi

€19,050
The Zsolnay manufactory
, ceramic bottle with a flat quadrangular body surrounded by thick lateral vines, decorated in low relief with red eosin enamel flowers on an iridescent purple, green and gold background, h. 26 cm/10.23 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, March 26, 2021, Pescheteau-Badin OVV. Cabinet Marcilhac.

€12,160Vilmos Zsolnay and Oscar Julius Dietrich (1853–1940), c. 1898–1900, ceramic ewer with iridescent glaze on a plant-shaped body, silv

€12,160
Vilmos Zsolnay
and Oscar Julius Dietrich (1853–1940), c. 1898–1900, ceramic ewer with iridescent glaze on a plant-shaped body, silver mount featuring pistils and a snake, h. 19 cm/7.48 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, June 18, 2021, Tessier & Sarrou et Associés OVV Expertise.






 

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