Plate with Futura pattern


Eva Zeisel ( American, 1906 - 2011 )


Schramberger Majolika-Fabrik ( German, 1912 )

c. 1928–1930
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General Description

Eva Zeisel worked in potteries in both Budapest and Hamburg before moving to Schramberger Majolika-Fabrik. While at the pottery in Germany's Black Forest region between 1928 and 1930, she introduced surface patterns and shapes that were heavily influenced by contemporary abstract painting and geometric Bauhaus-style architecture. In 1933, a New York trader observer said, "One of the new ranges of Otto Goetz is their Black Forest art pottery which follows modern tendencies in line and colorings... All the pieces are decorated with a modern arrangement of lines and blocks in two tones of brown, blue, and bright yellow on a yellow glaze. There are open-footed bowls, vases, and baskets, and a tea pot modeled along 'architectural' lines." Based on comparison with other objects known to have been designed by Zeisel, comments from Zeisel herself, and period trade catalogues, the Futura pattern decoration of this example is attributed to her.

Adapted from

Charles L. Venable, China and Glass in America 1880-1980 (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 444.