Kneeling Figure with Shawl

Vally Wieselthier

Wien 1895 - 1945 New York

Kneeling Figure with Shawl

Unique piece

Manufactured by the Wiener Werkstätte

Red pottery, polychrome glaze

H 46.5 cm, W 22 cm, D 15 cm


Hörmann WV-K 460
Old, professional restorations


Vienna, MAK, „Die Frauen der Wiener Werkstätte“, 2021
Kaiserslautern, Museum Pfalzgalerie, "Vally Wieselthier - Golden Girls No. 2", 2022/23


Marianne Hörmann, Vally Wieselthier, Vienna 1999, ill. p. 272, WV-K 460
Exhibition catalogue „Die Frauen der Wiener Werkstätte“, ed. by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Anne-Katrin Rossberg, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, MAK, Vienna 2021, ill. p. 175, no. 22

Vally Wieselthier is for sure the most important and distinguished representative of Wiener Werkstätte ceramics after 1917. She was not only the originator of most of the Wiener Werkstätte designs, she was also one of the most versatile, creative and experimental artists in the company. Wieselthier’s figures are characterised by exalted gestures
and a coquettish, lascivious, yet also distanced, posture. The play with drifting cloths lends the figures an additional, dynamic element beyond the gyrating serpentine-like bodies. Flowing colours and an always humorous form of expression that is freed of purpose and convention, often exaggerated to the point of caricature, are the essential elements of Vally Wieselthier’s ceramic art.1
1 Marianne Hussl-Hörmann in: „Vally Wieselthier“, in: Exhibition catalogue „Ceramics.
Vienna 1900-1930“, publ. by Galerie bei der Albertina ? Zetter, Vienna 2019, S. 124-159