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Petra on pottery

featuring West German art pottery, Fat Lava and more 20th century ceramics

Another one of my favorites is the Schramberger Majolika Fabrik (SMF). It started out in 1820 as the “Majolika-fabrik” and proceeded, after a couple of reorganizations, in 1918 as the Schramberger Majolika-fabrik. During its existence it made a wide variety of cutlery, vases, wall plates and other ceramic items, usually with a floral or a pictorial decor. These more traditional products were commercial successes, but in my opinion not the most interesting side of SMF. In the history of the company there are two distinguished ladies who brightened up the day. The first was Eva Zeisel-Stricker who was a designer at SMF between 1928 and 1930. I will feature her in another post to come. Featuring in this post is Elfie Stadler who worked for the company from 1953 till 1963.

Stadler designed all kinds of abstract decors and experimented with different shapes, resulting in very interesting pieces that sometimes looked like they had been in an accident, being bend, curved and dented. The 4 pieces I am showing in this post are all from the 1950s and give an impression of her work, but I am ever on the look out for the really weird shapes. They are very hard to find, but I hope I will eventually have a collection that will do Elfie Stadler justice. She died very young, only 38 years old, but I think she is one of the highlights in German ceramics history.

Top to bottom, left to right.  Hover over the photo’s for the sequence numbers.

1) Vase has an unreadable number on the base, probably 5052, it measures 24 cm/9,4″.

2) Vase is numbered 4989 at the base, decor name? It measures 28 cm/11″.

3) Vase has the Schramberg mark stamped at the base together with decor name Lido. It measures 20 cm/7,9″.

4) Vase has its decor name ‘Mexico’ and number ’84’ stamped on the base. It measures 27 cm/10,6″.


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