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Indigenous Australian arts compilation



Jean Baptiste Apuatimi Tiwi Islands Art

Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Tiwi Islands


The exposure of Aboriginal art to the West had its inception at the aboriginal community of Papunya in the Western Desert of Central Australia. Just like the vivid wildflowers that fill the local ochre terrain in the middle of winter, their art was a rare juxtaposition adapted from the Australian landscape. Although the indigenous art was originally developed for body painting, bark & cave art and ceremonial ground paintings, once the Papunya artists were introduced to canvas and tube paints in the 60’s, they quickly adapted to the new medium. Many of the key artists from this era were highly respected senior men with full ritual and ceremonial knowledge. The paintings were steeped in ancient mystical knowledge and had an intimate connection to the mythological beings of the Tjukurrpa or Dreamtime. They were eager to teach, and to maintain a record of their dreaming country, as well as paint for profit.


 Chern'ee Sutton - Jurutu - Painting of a Goanna Lizard

Chern’ee Sutton – Jurutu


The diversity and quality of Australian Indigenous art reflects the richness and deep heritage of Indigenous culture and the distinct differences between tribes, languages, dialects and geographic landscapes. Art has always been an integral component of Aboriginal life, connecting past and present, the people with their land, and the supernatural and reality.
Many paintings by Aboriginal artists, such as those that represent a “dreamtime story”, are shown from an aerial perspective. The narrative follows the lie of the land, as created by ancestral beings in their journeys or during creation. Australian Indigenous art is the oldest ongoing tradition of art in the world dating back more than 30,000 years. Details gleaned from these drawings are the merest fragments of a rich and extensive mythology that exists around the natural features of the country.



Cultural-Artefact,-Jimmy-K.= - two ceramic figures

Cultural artifact ceramic figures – Jimmy Thaiday



Honey Ant Dreaming ground painting

‘Honey Ant Dreaming’ ground painting


Robert Edwards (past Curator of Anthropology at the South Australian Museum, stated  –
“Each line and design has symbolic importance and has its complement in the dance and song performed at its making and its ceremonial display. Preservation of the ritual, unaltered down the ages, demands strict adherence to traditional form and design but natural desire for aesthetic expression promotes the development of elegance, technique and delicacy of touch.”
The artists of Papunya and those at other indigenous art centres have followed a collaborative path of preserving and sharing the knowledge of their ancient stories and symbols with their fellow artists. Their arts have been an excellent vehicle for unity and continuation of their traditions and providing an opportunity to share it internationally.


Star-Ark---Arone-Meeks indigenous Australian art painting

‘Star Ark’ – Arone Meeks

The Art Vault



Sunken-History-Arone-Meeks aboriginal art painting

‘Sunken History’ – Arone Meeks

The Art Vault



Aaron-Meeks-Irukandji II - black and white figure painting

Aaron-Meeks  –  ‘Irukandji II’

The Art Vault



Torres Strait-Islander-artists-Ellarose-Savage-and-Jimmy-Thaiday,

Torres Strait Islander artists — Ceramic sculptures by Ellarose Savage and Jimmy Thaiday



figure lid vessel by Irene-Entata

Irene Entata



Alison-Milyka-Carroll aboriginal ceramic artist

Alison Milyka Carroll




Ngayuku-Walka-VII,-2015,-ceramic pot

Incised ovoid pot  Anne Thompson

Ernabella Ceramics, Ngayuku Walka VII, 2015





 Melanie Hava — ‘Brolga Greetings’



Anne-Thompson ceramic cylindrical vessel tapered

Anne Thompson




At-Play--Artwork-by-Paul-Roget 3 aborigiinal children

‘At Play’ – Paul Roget



David Corby Tiapaltiarri - painting Women's Dreaming,-1972

 ‘Women’s Dreaming’ – David Corby Tiapaltiarri – painting





Part of the game-(Chris Lewis),-covered vase Anita Mbitjana Ratara

‘Part of the game (Chris Lewis)’, covered vase by Anita Mbitjana Ratara

2015 Hermannsburg Potters, Northern Territory




Anne-Thompson,-Ernabella-Ceramics,sgrafifito vase

Sgraffito vase – Anne Thompson

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




painting of the Rainbow Serpent with aboriginals of Australia

‘Birth of Rainbow Serpent’Paul Roget

Salt of the Earth series

‘Salt of the Earth’ is an illustrative journey into the traditions and magic of indigenous Australian’s seen through a western surrealistic eye. A pictorial witness of an indigenous cultures beauty, dignity, and deep partnership with their land.




‘Birth Of The Moons’ – Ainslie Roberts




Christina Gollan The-leafy-sea-dragon-relief vase

The leafy sea dragon relief vase – Christina Gollan




Clifford-Possum-Tjapaltjarri - Pupanya dot art painting

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri – Papunya dot art Corroboree painting




-Ainslie-Roberts painting - Creation-of-the-Coorong-Birds

‘Creation of the Coorong Birds’  – Ainslie Roberts




Derek-Jungarrayi-Thompson, vase Ernabella-Ceramics,

Australian indigenous vase ‘Kungkarangkalpa II’ – Derek Jungarrayi Thompson

52 cm height, Ernabella ceramics,



Derek Jungarrayi Thompson,-Ernabella Ceramics

‘Kungkarangkalpa–Seven Sisters’ – Derek Jungarrayi Thompson

2015, Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery



Derek Jungarrayi Thompson,-Ernabella Ceramics - Watersnake Story

Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Ernabella Ceramics – ‘Watersnake Story’




Earthbow---Paul-Roget - painting of 3 aboriginal men dancing on a rock

‘Earthbow’ — Paul Roget

Salt of the Earth series



Ellarose-Savage ceramic sculpture ochre colour

Ellarose Savage




Ernabella Ceramics, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson - SOLD Liru Kutjara II, 2013,

‘Liru Kutjara II’, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson  stoneware vessel with sgrafitto decoration

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




‘Wanampi I’ – Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, 2014

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery


‘Waubin and Epili,’ Gordon Hammond 2014

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Photos: George Serras, National Museum of Australia



Derek-Jungarrayi-Thompson---SOLD-Wanampi-II,-2014 sgrafitto vase

Derek Jungarrayi Thompson — ‘Wanampi II’, 2014

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery



Ernabella Ceramics ,Ernabella Womens Grouping,-2016

Ernabella Ceramics , Ernabella Womens Grouping of ceramic vessels

Sabbia Gallery, 2016




Derek Jungarrayi Thompson—‘Wanampi Muni Ngintaka’,

Ernabella Ceramics 2013

Sabbia Gallery




Ernabella Ceramics, Janelle Muwitja Nakamarra Thompson – ‘Ngayuku Walka II,’

2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 48.5cm




Ernabella Ceramics, potters Ngunytjima Carroll & Derek Thompson, 2014





Ernabella Ceramics, Pepai Carroll – ‘Walungurru II’

2015, stoneware with sgraffito, H 45.5




Ernabella Ceramics, Pepai Jangala Carroll ~ ‘Tali’, 2012, stoneware,

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery  Height 30 cm




Doris Bush Nungarrayi painting~ Tjurrpinyi (Swimming at Haasts Bluff), 2013

Doris Bush Nungarrayi painting ~ ‘Tjurrpinyi (Swimming at Haasts Bluff)’




Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel - Kapi Wankanya, 2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 46

Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel ~ Kapi Wankanya

2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 46cm


Ernabella Ceramics, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel ~ ‘Ngayuku Walka XX’,

2015, stoneware, H 29 cm




Ernabella Ceramics, Rhoda Tjitayi – Anumara Tjukurpa ~ ‘Caterpillar Dreaming’

2015, stoneware, H 31 cm




Dreamtime-Sisters--Colleen-Wallace-Nungari aboriginal dot painting

‘Dreamtime Sisters’ ~ Colleen Wallace Nungari




 Yaritji Jack - Ngayuku Walka III, 2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 49

  Yaritji Jack ~ ‘Ngayuku Walka III’

2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 49 cm

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




Three amorphic dishes with aboriginal art decoration

Gorrogarrah Binjdil — Three amorphic dishes




Derek Jungarrayi Thompson---Ngintaka, 2017,-stoneware with sgraffito ceramic vessel

Derek Jungarrayi Thompson — ‘Ngintaka’ stoneware with sgraffito vase






Ainslie-Roberts,-Sound-of-Wind painting of a leaping frog in the reeds

Ainslie Roberts, ‘Sound of Wind’



Jack-Dale-~-Wandjina,-2007 dreamtime spirit

Jack Dale ~ ‘Wandjina’ 2007




Lavinia Ketchell (Erub Arts), necklace




Lawrence Omeenyo Umpila Missus and Mister Croc 2013 earthenware

Lawrence Omeenyo Umpila ‘Missus and Mister Croc’

2013 earthenware



Leah-Jackson twin handled vase with pink flowers

Leah Jackson




Linga-of-Ayers-Rock-Ainslie-Roberts Painting of Uluru

‘Linga of Ayers Rock’ – Ainslie Roberts



Lyerrtjina (budgerigar) 2016 by hermannsburgpottery -Judith Pungkarta Inkamala

‘Lyerrtjina (budgerigar) ‘ – Judith Pungkarta Inkamala

2016 by Hermannsburg pottery




Nellie-Marks-Nakamarra-aboriginal dot painting

Nellie Marks Nakamarra



Pepai Jangala Carroll, Walungurru, 2015, Stoneware, H 20

Pepai Jangala Carroll, ‘Walungurru’,

2015, Stoneware, H 20 cm



Paul-Roget---Tribal-Clensing Painting of an aboriginal girl bathing in a rock pool

Paul Roget — ‘Tribal Cleansing’ 



Rainmakers-At-Dawn'-by-Ainslie-Roberts. Two Kookaburrahs in a tree painting

‘Rainmakers At Dawn’ by Ainslie Roberts.





Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Ernabella Ceramics, ‘Ngayuku Ngura VIII’

2015, stoneware with sgraffito, H 53 x D 15.5cm



Creation of the Southern Cross aboriginal theme painting - Ainslie Roberts

‘Creation of the Southern Cross’  –  Ainslie Roberts



Roberts,-Ainslie,-Death-of-the-Moon-Woman landscape with reclining woman

Ainslie Roberts,  ‘Death of the Moon Woman’




Ainslie Roberts,-,-The-Dancing-Echidna--painting of an airborn Echinda

Ainslie Roberts, ‘The Dancing Echidna’



Robyne-LathamRobyne-Latham-ceramic Pod

Robyne Latham ceramic ‘Pod’



Robyn-Latham 3 terracotta pods Shepparton Arts Museum

Three ‘Pods’ – Robyn Latham



Rupert-Jack,-Maku,-2014 Indigenous Australian art painting

Rupert Jack, ‘Maku’




Salt-of-the-Earth Paul Roget

‘Salt Of The Earth’ – Paul Roget





Suspended shells with aboriginal children as pods by Paul Roget

‘Seed Pods’ – Paul Roget



Paul-Roget painting of an Aboriginal woman rock painting and the male artist

‘The Birthing’ by Paul Roget




Ainslie Roberts – ‘The Desert Ice-Men

From central Australia comes the myth of the Ninya, or desert ice-men, whose hair is made of icicles. In the summer, the Ninya hide away in their caves, but they emerge on winter evenings and cause cold and frost to fall upon the land. As sunrise approaches, they rush back to their caves before they melt and this rapid movement creates the icy winds of desert mornings. painting-by-Ousha-Jenamoia-in-2011

‘The Happy Goana Mama’ dot painting by Ousha Jenamoia




The-Origin-of-the-Playtpus - Ainslie Roberts

‘The Origin of the Playtpus’ – Ainslie Roberts



The Patient Fisherman---Paul Roget - painting of a man standing in a boat waiting for rain

‘The Patient Fisherman’ — Paul Roget



The-Sound-of-Lightning-Ainslie-Roberts -- thunder man Mamaragan, roaring with laughter, beats the great stones of the sky together.

‘The Sound of Lightning’ – Ainslie Roberts

In the wet season, the thunder man Mamaragan, roaring with laughter, beats the great stones of the sky together.




Aboriginal art by Walter Tjampitjinpa ~ ‘Water Dreaming’



Tjimpuna Williams, --Piltati Tjukurpa - A Story from Piltati I, 2015, Stoneware, H 80

Tjimpuna Williams, ‘Piltati Tjukurpa – A Story from Piltati I’,

2015, Stoneware, H 80 cm

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




Tjimpuna Williams, Ernabella Ceramics, SOLD Tali - Sand Dunes, 2015, Stoneware, H 47

Tjimpuna Williams,  ‘Tali – Sand Dunes’

2015, Stoneware jar, H 47 cm

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




Turning-Fire -Paul-Roget Aboriginal man in a fire pit

‘Turning Fire’ -Paul Roget



aboriginal dot art painting Univers Mininga

Univers Mininga



Alison Milyika Carroll, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Alison Milyika Carroll @pukatjapottery @sabbiagallery

Alison Milyika Carroll, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Alison Milyika Carroll @pukatjapottery @sabbiagallery





Tjunkaya Tapaya with works by fellow Ernabella women - Alison Milyika Carroll and Carlene Thompson.

Tjunkaya Tapaya with works by fellow Ernabella women – Alison Milyika Carroll and Carlene Thompson.




Japanese tea cups, yunomi and guinomi




Aki Takahashi



Japanese tea and sake cup terminology


Trying to navigate the complex naming of the Japanese ceramic tea wares is a challenge but I will add a few terms here to help identify some of the pieces below.
A chawan is simply a teacup without a handle primarily used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony for preparing and drinking Matcha (powdered green tea), but is also used for other types of tea as well. It can also refer to a bowl for rice where it is called a “gohan chawan”. The word “yunomi chawan” is sometimes used to clarify its purpose as a teacup. For more formal settings, a wide-mouthed cup called kumidashi chawan is used to serve ocha (green tea).




Masato Yamaguchi, Mori Yamaguchi chawan

The yunomi is a form of teacup, typically made from a ceramic material, being taller than wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. Unlike the more formal chawan tea bowl, the yunomi is made for daily (or informal) tea drinking. The favoured shape is the “tsusugata” (a simple cylindrical form) Recommended stoneware styles for yunomi are Hagi, Shino, Karatsu and Mashiko. The Hagi yunomi is known for going through seven stages of change and deepening in aji (flavour) as more green tea is poured into it. The white Shino yunomi, with its thickly applied glaze, almost never feels hot to the touch and the splendid ocha color is clearly visible. In contrast, a Bizen yunomi is unglazed and quite hot to the touch. There are numerous names for the different shapes in the chawan and yunomi. For example the Hatazori-gata is the Curving Lip type 0f tea bowl while the Momo-gata has a  peach form.



Komosaki-Ryuichi-oribe-yunomi-tea vessel

Komosaki Ryuichi oribe yunomi

Oribe yaki (yaki=fired) is one of the many wares produced in the prolific pottery producing areas around Seto, Aichi prefecture and Tajimi, and the Mino area of the Gifu prefecture. Easily recognisable by its distinctive green glaze, Oribe yaki has four main types; E-Oribe (patterns done with iron underglaze), Kuro-Oribe (an almost black, dark green glaze),Ao-oribe ( light green glaze) and Aka-Oribe (incised patterns covered with various glazes). A favourite with the tea masters of the Momoyama period (in the late 16th century), the potter Furuta Oribe, is said to have lent his name to the pottery.


Mutsu-Takayanagi porcelain tea cup -Kyoto

Mutsu Takayanagi porcelain tea cup


Kyuusu is the generic name for any ceramic or pottery teapot. Kyuusu is often used to describe the side handled (yokode) teapot. Celadon porcelain with its distinctive pale blue-green color is called Seiji. “Kama” read as “gama” in Japanese means “kiln”. The term Gosu refers to the cobalt oxide glaze used to produce the blue designs on sometsuke porcelain. Jiki is the Japanese word for Porcelain. Hakuji, traditionally speaking, is the white porcelain made with the superior kaolin clay from Izumiyama, usually very thin in structure.

Shino yaki is characterised by it’s thick milky-white glaze over an orange or pinkish clay base, pockmarked with tiny holes. It is said to be the first ware to decorate its pieces with brush-drawn designs. These were sometimes created with iron oxide, which changed the glaze to a rusty color after firing. The soft rugged shapes with their squat forms give the pieces a rustic appeal and the thick glaze with its nubbly texture imbues each piece with a sense of warmth. Other Shino ware styles were a grey glaze called “Nezumi shino”and pieces made with reddish or yellow clay named “Beni shino”.
Guinomi, choko, and sakazuki are three words that mean the same thing — sake cup. Among collectors, the Karatsu guinomi reigns supreme.

The images I’m using here are from the excellent blog called ‘Shelves of Sweet Beans’, which features a remarkable and large collection of Japanese tea wares and sake cups from a collector in Osaka.



Tsukamoto Haruhiko ceramic sake flask and guinomi

Tsukamoto Haruhiko ceramic sake flask and guinomi





Fukimi Fumi Oribe footed cup



Aki-Takahashi---Kanai-Cup-Hokusai - Mount Fuji image

Aki Takahashi— ‘Kanai Cup Hokusai’




Atsushi-Nakada yunomi cup red glaze

Atsushi Nakada yunomi cup



Ceramic bizen sake bowl-Ishii Takahiro - white with rusty strip

Bizen sake bowl – Ishii Takahiro



Carved gold brush footed cup - Tsuyoshi Shimizu

Elegant carved gold brush footed cup – Tsuyoshi Shimizu



Glazed white glaze sake machine - Kato Yoshiyasu

Glazed white glaze sake machine – Kato Yoshiyasu




Fukuno Michita tea bowl -- black and white geometric pattern

Fukuno Michita geometric pattern tea bowl




Tsuyoshi Shimizu incised texture bottle

Tsuyoshi Shimizu incised texture bottle




Golden-color-'Suzaku'-Teru-(extra-large-) Ichikawa Toru

 Ichikawa Toru – Golden color ‘Suzaku’ Teru (extra large)




Kazu-Yamada-abstract-yunomi tea-cup

Kazu Yamada – tri footed yunomi tea cup



Hiroaki-Toyohaku-yunomi tea cup

Hiroaki Toyohaku yunomi



Hiroyuki Tomita sake cup with gold drip glaze

Hiroyuki Tomita – sake cup with drip glaze



Hitoshi Hiraoka footed tea cup

Hitoshi Hiraoka footed tea cup



Ichikawa-Translucent-Sake-Bowl with white drip glaze on terracotta

Ichikawa Translucent Sake Bowl



Ito-Hokuto tea bowl japanese

Ito Hokuto



Kanesu Iron painting Persian Shizza cup -- Masutaka

Kanesu Iron painting Persian Shizza cup — Masutaka



Miho ceramic Sake Bowl

Miho Sake Bowl



Kaori-Takao -- Black-green, gold, black and white-sweet-peony-cup

Kaori Takao –sweet peony tea cup



Kato Kiyoyuki shino - pink and white glaze cup

Kato Kiyoyuki shino cup





Masato Yamaguchi tea bowl




Masutaka-ceramic-yunomi tea cup

Masutaka – yunomi tea cup




Moonlit tea cup-Yoshimura Mariko

Moonlit tea cup – Yoshimura Mariko




Masato Yamaguchi & Mori Yamaguchi—tea bowl




Mori Hinzai tea bowl red highlights

Mori Hinzai tea bowl




Nakagawa-Kyohei-tea-bowl with crackled surface in black and white

Nakagawa Kyohei tea bowl




Nagakino-No-Yoshiko ceramic vessel

Nagakino No Yoshiko





Nakaoka Nobuhito tea bowl



Naoko-Kusuda-sleek porcelain tea-bowl

Naoko Kusuda



Nishida-Shinya-incised-tea-bowl geometric patterns

Nishida Shinya – incised tea bowl



Nomura-Austrian-ceramic-tea-cup carbonized surface

Nomura Austrian ceramic tea cup




Oishi-Shiori---ceramic dog and cup

Oishi Shiori



Pottery bowl cup ancient vermillion - Nakahara Koji

Ancient vermillion pottery bowl –   Nakahara Koji



Ratsu-Shika red and white tea bowl with crackle glaze

Ratsu Shika  tea bowl



Reiji Omori footed tea cup

Reiji Omori



Sachiko Shimizu - white abstract design on black yunomi

Sachiko Shimizu yunomi


Satoshi-Watanabe-ceramic-tea-bowl with carved texture

Satoshi Watanabe hand carved ceramic tea bowl



Sancha-Oribe-Ho-Hakugaku - green and white glaze

Sancha Oribe — Ho Hakugaku



Sato Tsutsumi Sato Satoshi tea cup fine detail

Sato Tsutsumi Sato Satoshi  fine detail tea bowl



Sawada-Hayato-tea-bowl with modernist style

Sawada Hayato – tri footed yunomi




Seto-Junji-black-tea-cup with red single stroke motif

Seto Junji – red motif on black tea cup



Keisuke Shimatani-tea bowl mottled surface pattern

Keisuke Shimatani – tea bowl, mottled and crackled surface patterns




Shibuya-Toshiaki-ceramic tea-bowl

Shibuya Toshiaki




Shinji Suzuki, Tajmi City tea cup

Shinji Suzuki, Tajmi City – tea cup


Sawada Hayato---ceramic yunomi

Sawada Hayato – tri foot yunomi




Shino Shika Goto tea bowl

Shino Shika Goto tea bowl



Shinya Tagami- white drip glaze tea cup

Shinya Tagami- white drip glaze tea cup




Shogo-Ikeda-tea-bowl with internal geisha illustration

Shogo Ikeda geisha tea bowl



Shinya-Tagami-Kyoto-tea-bowl with turquoise interior

Shinya Tagami, Kyoto — tea bowl with incised surface, turquoise glaze interior




Shogo Ikeda tea cup

Shogo Ikeda



Shogo Ikeda ceramic bottle black on white motif

Shogo Ikeda ceramic bottle




Shuhei Fujioka-green celadon cup

Shuhei Fujioka celadon cup




Maeda Maeda-ceramic-cup inner gold glaze

Maeda Maeda




Masaki-Tomabechi-elegant tea-bowl in black, gold and white

Masaki Tomabechi elegant tea bowl – gold rim and black on white crackle glaze



Takadai-tea-bowl in earthy tones of brown and yelllow

Takadai tea bowl




Takako Hotaka



Takuma-Murakosh Japanese pottery

Takuma Murakosh



Grey and black Tamba cup - Masahiko Ichino

Tamba cup – Masahiko Ichino



Tamba Oni sake cup

Tamba Oni sake cup



Takuma Murakoshi ceramic tea cup

Takuma Murakoshi



Tanaka Takashi-Japanese ceramics

Tanaka Takashi



Tetsuya Ishiyama Shigaraki footed cup

Tetsuya Ishiyama Shigaraki wood fired cup



 Hideatake ceramic-cup

 Hideatake tea cup



Tomo Hayashi tea cup

Tomo Hayashi tea cup



Tomoko Takahashi ceramic yunomi with geometric patterns

Tomoko Takahashi



Tonomo Misao carved ceramic cup with animal reliefs

Tonomo Misao carved ceramic cup



Toshitaro Ogunsa---tea-cup-japan

Toshitaro Ogunsa



Tsujimura Lump japanese cup

Tsujimura Lump japanese cup



Tsuyoshi Shimizu blue sculptural cup

Tsuyoshi Shimizu




Wadayama Mao, Osaka



Wakao-japanese-ceramic cup

Wakao – hexagonal tea bowl



Yamashita tea cup




Yasunori-Nakao pink blossom tea cup

Pink blossom yunomi – Yasunori Nakao



Yasushi Sakurai tea cup

Yasushi Sakurai tea cup



Yoshimura-Mariko-tea-cup with naked girls

Yoshimura Mariko naked girls tea cup




Yoko Komae unglazed ceramic bottle

Yoko Komae ikebana vase



Yotaro-Takemura-striped-tea-cup in pink, grey and white speckled stripes

Yotaro Takemura striped tea cup



Yuki-Ohashi---city-scape ceramic cup

Yuki Ohashi—cityscape motif tea cup




Kim Hono



Aya Aki Takahashi



Yuri-Takemura celadon-tea-bowl

Yuri Takemura celadon tea bowl




Yusuke Makagawa tea cup



International Contemporary Furniture Fair



Caracole-armchair-and-side board

Caracole furniture



Fractal-Rose-LED-lighting wallpaper-from-Meystyle

Fractal Rose LED wallpaper from Meystyle




ICFF global design showcase


All aficionados of interior design will be attracted to the ICFF global design showcase. Over four days more than 33.000 interior designers, architects, and professionals of interior fitting will meet the 750 exhibitors displaying the most updated innovations in the sector. ICFF provides the opportunity for anyone who is looking for the latest, most creative and fascinating trends in the world of decoration and interior design. On display will be interior furniture, seating, flooring, carpet and rugs, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, kitchen & bathroom designs and fabricators. ICFF features what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end furniture.


ICFF website




Innovative array of designs on offer



VITA Copenhagen ‘Silvia Create’ light tree

VITA Silvia Create is made of individual “leaves” that are assembled into a beautiful glare-free light. The VITA Silvia Create’s special watercolor paper leaves let anyone express their artistic side and paint, draw, or print their favorite pattern on each leaf.


Lunada BayTile_Contourz_Zen Break_White

Lunada Bay Tile – ‘Contourz’ Zen Break White



Atelier-Vierkant-robbed planters

Atelier Vierkant ribbed planters



Atelier Vierkant deep textural brutalist planter.





Atelier Vierkant  “CK” (smooth texture) and the “CKB” (rough texture) in white and black




Caroline-Peltier-ceramics-three-free form porcelain plates

Three porcelain plates – Caroline Peltier, France

“I have always been captivated by light through matter (as with stained-glass windows or lithophany). This is why I choose to work with porcelain, a translucent form of clay that enables my illuminated creations to reveal the décor around.”




Caroline Peltier




Abstract Fractal-LED-wallpaper-by-Meystyle

Fractal LED wallpaper by Meystyle




Golden-Resistance-from-Meystyle-Led-lighting wallpaper-and-fabric

Meystyle ‘Golden Resistance’ Led wallpaper and fabric

The Golden Resistance is a conceptual design visually translating the inexplicable phenomenon of flowing electricity into an astonishing cascade of light particles. The use of LEDs echoes the interaction of electrons at subatomic level, taking advantage of the way electricity varies in intensity to create the  illusion of energy moving, when in fact it is always still.



Psychedelic Ohm-LED-wallpaper-by-Meystyle

‘Ohm’ LED psychedelica wallpaper by Meystyle



Plasma-LED-wallpaper-from-Meystyle abstract wall art

Plasma LED wallpaper from Meystyle

The Plasma design is a brave rhapsody of contrasting hues. The careful combination of warm and cool tones creates a rhythmical movement recalling the mysterious night glow of neon city lights.





Casamood by Florim porcelain floor tiles




Casamood Vetro Decoro Stripes wall tiles and lemon yellow bed

Casamood ‘Vetro Decoro Stripes’ wall tiles –  black and white




Casa-Mood-geometric-wall-tiles in black

Casamood ‘Materia Project 4’ wall tiles



Casa-mood--slate-blue-wall-panels and wicker chair

Casamood Neutra 6.0 porcelain wall panels



CasaMood-Decor-Vintage wall panels in grey, white and black

Casa Ceramica Casamood Wall Texture Vintage


Casamood Neutra 6.0 Shades Decor wall tiles bold geometric pattern

Casamood Neutra 6.0 Shades Decor wall tiles



Casa-mood-porcelain-panels in a bathroom setting

Casamood Neutra Avio and Vetro Lux




Casamood--textured-floor-tiles and black modern biomorphic chair

Casamood textured floor tiles




Pascale-Girardin ceramic stools in dark blue and white

Pascale Girardin ceramic stools



Contemporary form Pascale Girardin ceramic vase

Pascale Girardin ceramic vase



'Muchas Lilla' - Recycled Lilac roses chair

‘Muchas Lilla’ – Since 2007, 13 Ricrea has been reclaiming materials from industrial production



Contemporary coupe-portoro-marble-bowl-michael-verheyden

‘Coupe Portoro’ marble bowl – Michael Verheyden



Credenza-sideboard-contemporary - bold art deco style front

Credenza contemporary sideboard




Custom Lighting Canvas with the ‘Nanoleaf Aurora’

Nanoleaf, creators of the first ever-modular smart light for personal design, is now announcing two new accessories for an even more customized smart home. A fixtureless, intelligent, color changing light that fits each unique minute of the day, the Aurora can now paint mesmerizing sound visualizations and can be controlled with a wireless remote. Combined with the The Aurora Rhythm it syncs your lights with audio and using 16 million brilliant colors, the Aurora Rhythm beautifully brings together your audio and visual senses for a whole new immersive experience




Studio-Nottene-Colony-Wallpaper-Collection -- Clouds

Clouds by Studio Nottene –  hand drawn and screen printed wallpaper.




Cynthia-Rowley-Collection-from-Tempaper - oriental style with bamboo and blossom

Cynthia Rowley Collection from Tempaper wallpaper



Cynthia-Rowley-Collection-from-Tempaper large colorful flowers on black

Cynthia Rowley Collection from Tempaper





DCW Éditions contemporary and innovative lighting



DCW Éditions contemporary and innovative lighting



DCW Éditions contemporary and innovative lighting



gyrofocus_contemporary-suspended heating

‘Gyrofocus’ by Focus – contemporary suspended heating



FilioFocus by Focus – Japanese style free-standing fireplace

‘FilioFocus’ by Focus – Japanese style free-standing fireplace




GyroFocus by Focus – Japanese style free-standing fireplace

‘GyroFocus’ by Focus




Hastings Tile & Bath Introduces Collections From Ceramica Bardelli




Kenneth-Torrance,-founder-of-Barter wood working

Barter wood by Kenneth Torrance




‘Les Couleurs Le Corbusier’ by Leicht




Lunada Bay Tile Contourz Concrete Fanfare Hex_Grey, Latte, Pearl

Lunada Bay Tile – ‘Contourz’ Concrete Fanfare Hex — Grey, Latte, Pearl



LVX-chest of drawers-Ming Moissonier--130-Years-of-Creation

LVX chest of drawers – Ming Moissonnier — 130 Years of Creation




Materia-Project-Casamood large glass tile mural

Casamood Materia Project is a coordinated porcelain and glass tile project




Matthew John Bacher won the 2017 competition with his design A Piece of Tlaltecuhtli.

Matthew John Bacher won the 2017 chair design competition with his ‘A Piece of Tlaltecuhtli’






Liquid Metal Resin Surfaces, ‘Branches 1′ – Georges Muquet



Naive Slimtech

Naive is inspired by avant-garde technology. It is the meeting point between design and technology, between craftsmanship and industry, between porcelain stoneware and glaze. The patterns, reminiscent of carefully drawn pencil lines, create an interweaving floating graphic effect. The lightness and the sizes of the slabs accentuate the delicacy of these lines, which intersect unpredictably. A playful interaction between marks and rhythm that creates vibrant and mysterious surfaces available in various colors. Naive is created with modules of ultra-thin laminated porcelain, 5.5mm thick.



nerosicilia-is-natural-lava-stone-wall panels

Nerosicilia is natural lava stone quarried from the slopes of Mt. Etna and kiln fired using a new concept of superior technical and aesthetic characteristics.

Nerosicilia creates tile sheets as large as 80x300x2cm especially for professional designers and architects to give them the utmost in design freedom. The ceramic sheets are unglazed and are free of chemicals applied at any point in the production process. The transformation process – designed and perfected by nerosicilia – subjects the untreated tile to the same heat conditions as natural lava. The surfaces feature different tones and patterns, achieved using varied temperatures and firing times. The colours and patterns by nerosicilia are obtained by recycling glass reclaimed from old cathode ray tube screens from discarded televisions and computer monitors. Using an exclusive process of crushing and milling the glass into a fine powder, nerosicilia introduces the raw material in every piece, including full-body colour tiles.



Nerosicilia tile sheet



NorthernLighting_ Say My Name lamp by Morten & Jonas

Northern Lighting presents the ‘Say My Name’ lamp by Morten & Jonas designed by Patrick Norguet

The expressive shape of Say My Name voices a lively dialogue between the material and the act of making. Both come together in a multi-functional design that can be hung from the ceiling as a pendant light or placed in an upright position like a table lamp. Each light is mouth-blown in Italy and made entirely from Venetian glass. Although the skill required to transform such a large mass of molten glass into a hollow sphere could only be found among the master glassblowers of Venice, the design is distinctively Nordic. Say My Name is a  streamlined shape with an unembellished surface; the hallmarks of contemporary Scandinavian style. The subtle colours in the glass reflect the hues of the Nordic night sky, the light of the fjords and the smooth surface of calm water.





‘Ooumm’, Lyra marble candle holders and fragrance

Ooumm is a French brand at the crossroads of design pieces and fragrance. Ooumm aspires to reinvent the art of perfumes by uniting the most excellent artisans and artists. For its first collection, shows bespoke perfumes by Barnabé Fillion and photophores as well as accessories designed by Dan Yeffet. Barnabé Fillion, the French nose, “Talent of the year” at the Maison & Objet trade show in 2013 has invented for Ooumm four unexpected scents. By combining innovation and tradition he has created rare and unique scents of the highest quality. The designer Dan Yeffet collaborated with « Collection Particulière » by Jérôme Aumont, to create exclusively for Ooumm, candle holders in smoked glass and stunning marble variations.




Ooumm, black marble candle holders and fragrance

Ooumm, marble candle holders and fragrance – Marquina, Orion, Octans and Lyra




Stone Forest — Papillon Tub – ‘Cumulo Granite’

The Papillon tub is a statement-making piece whose unique shape enables the bather to slip into a calming inner sanctum. Inspired by classic Italian design, the striking, tapered barrel-shaped vessel is carved from a single block of Cumulo Granite; a beautiful smoky gray stone rich with intricate natural veining.




‘Ciclotte’ exercise bike



Sabine Marcelis_VoieLights contemporary lighting

Sabine Marcelis – contemporary ‘Voie Lights’



Samurai Potter-red bathroom basin

Samurai Potter ceramic bathroom basin

Samurai Potter is located at Yamazato, Koga city, Shiga Prefecture, one of six old kilns in Japan.



Samurai Potter ceramic bathroom basin




Sifas ‘Kalife’ outdoor seating



Sifas seating Oskar---laquered aluminium

Sifas ‘Oskar’ – lacquered aluminium seating




The Cabin Pendant takes its name from the cabin of a space shuttle, offers two different qualities of light.

The ‘Cabin Pendant’ lamp takes its name from the cabin of a space shuttle and offers two different qualities of light.



Sun-valley bronze Otto floor lamp

Sun Valley bronze ‘Otto’ floor lamp




Arid Umbrella Stand

The Arid Umbrella Stand takes advantage of the inherent properties of terracotta clay. The material is naturally absorbent, wicking moisture away from umbrellas inside the container.



Caramood-Vetro-decoro-brocades wall tiles

Caramood ‘Vetro Decoro Brocades’ wall tiles




Caramood ‘Vetro Decoro Brocades’ wall tiles



Caramood Vetro-decoro-pattern-05

Caramood Vetro Decoro Pattern-05




Caramood-Vetro-decoro-pattern wall tiles

Caramood Vetro decoro pattern bathroom tiles




Lovi Tree by Anne Paso




Odyssey Collection decorative rug by Woven Concepts

The Odyssey Collection by Woven Concepts

A breakthrough, three dimensional and multi textural rug collection, inspired by NASA imagery. Distressed wool and natural silk are hand knotted to create three levels of visual and tactile finery. A unique vintage texture is created to compliment the contemporary sensibility of Odyssey’s designs and colors. The Odyssey Collection displays an industrial modern aesthetic with an accent of cutting edge splendor. Through innovative design, Woven Concepts honors the pioneers of space aviation.




Woven-Concepts--Odyssey-Collection floor rug

The Odyssey Collection –  Woven Concepts




Terreform ONE unveils biodegradable furniture to the world of interior design

Terreform ONE, the visionary architecture and design group, showcased for the first time its design for the “Mushroom Chaise”, a futuristic lounge chair made from biodegradable mushrooms at the ICFF in 2016. The statement piece displayed that biodesign can offer a beautiful alternative to mass furniture production that does not deplete natural resources, but can actually contribute to the environment.

WHY GROW A CHAIR? Terreform ONE has created a waste-free, pollution-free mushroom chair, the first of its kind. The chair was grown in seven days from strains of fungi into the multi-curved chaise piece. At the end of its useful product life cycle, the chair can be composted and safely reintroduced back into the environment, where it can be naturally biodegraded.




Edition Bougainville ‘Haute Couture’ Carpets – ‘Horizon Midnight’



moorea-grey-amb1Edition-Bougainville 'Haute Couture' Carpets

Edition Bougainville ‘Haute Couture’ Carpets – ‘Moorea Grey’



Edition Bougainville 'Haute Couture' Carpets - Pompadour Circle Shadow Lime

Edition Bougainville ‘Haute Couture’ Carpets – ‘Pompadour Circle Shadow Lime’





Teapots! 11 invitational


A geisha girl serving tea by Kitagawa Utamaro

‘Southern Teahouse’ – Kitagawa Utamaro


Annual teapots exhibition


Including the exotic and the refined with glimpses of the simply zany, a collection of teapot interpretations by over 60 artists is now showing at the 11th annual Teapot Invitational at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh. This annual show is running till June 10th. Some of the teapots are utilitarian, others purely decorative, while some are so cleverly conceived that if you are currently a ‘teatotaller’, you might be compelled to take up the tea drinking habit just to relish the pleasure of using such innovative tea ware.


morgan contemporary glass gallery – Contemporary Studio Glass – Sculpture – Goblets – Jewelry

We’re Pittsburgh’s first and only gallery exclusively dedicated to contemporary studio glass. Take a tour of our collection of sculpture, goblets, jewelry and more.


5833 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 441-5200



A-Bear-in-the-Hand---Krista-Grecco teapot

‘ A Bear in the Hand’ teapot  —Krista Grecco



A drop of tea---silver pendant--Keith Belles

‘A drop of tea’ — hand carved silver pendant — Keith Belles




Amy Short---Tea Beast ceramic octopus teapot

Amy Short— ‘Tea Beast’ 



Andrew-Richmond,-Bath-Time - tirger in bath teapot

Andrew Richmond, ‘Bath Time’ 



Anthony Scheffler - Black Heart Teapot

Anthony Scheffler – ‘Black Heart Teapot’

Ebonized Purple Heart, bleached Maple




Art-Nonuveau-sterling-silver-tea-pot. on a branches stand

Art Nouveau sterling silver tea pot



Charissa Brock---Tea With Edna bamboo, fused glass, paper, waxed linen thread

‘Tea With Edna’  – Charissa Brock

Bamboo, fused glass, paper, waxed linen thread



Ceramic Chicken-Head-Teapot-Sara-Swink

‘Chicken Head Teapot’ – Sara Swink



Kong-Fu-tea-master pouring a cuppa Carlton Ritz

Kong Fu tea master pouring a cuppa at the Carlton Ritz



Derek-Decker_Teapot trench style

Derek Decker Teapot



Natasha Dikareva - Call For Adventure

Natasha Dikareva – ‘Call For Adventure’




Eben Horton,-Tempest in a Teapot teal colour blown glass

Eben Horton, – ‘Tempest in a Teapot’  blown glass




Tea time charm – Vintage postcard



Eileen Doughty— ‘Mountain Tea’

  • Machine & hand stitched cotton fabrics, thread sculpture trees


Ellen Silberlicht - Ooolong Enchantment-Raku, felted fber, glass beads

Ellen Silberlicht – ‘Ooolong Enchantment’

Raku, felted fiber, glass beads




Julia Feld_Flower Basket ceramic teapot

Julia Feld – ‘Flower Basket’  teapot



Julia-Feld_Last-Defense teapot

 ‘Last Defense’ teapot – Julia Feld




‘Felted Delft Teapot’ — Meryl Ruth



Forever---Kelly O’Dell - blown glass teapot

‘Forever’ — Kelly O’Dell – blown glass teapot




Hotel-Oakland tea urn

Central restaurant tea urn – Hotel Oakland, California




Four Cat Teapot- Andree Richmond 4 cats riding an elephant

‘Four Cat Teapot’ – Andree Richmond




Contemporary tea room, wabi sabied table – Design by Lai Weicheng

Photo: Jiang Guozeng




Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch_INV_ Octahemioctahedron Teapot

Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch – ‘Octahemioctahedron Teapot’

Radiator cover folded with modular origami techniques



Jeffrey-Lloyd-Dever---Morning-Jester---Polymer-clay,-wire-17.25-inches tall flower lidded teapot

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever— ‘Morning Jester’

Polymer clay, wire 17.25-inches



Jennifer-Caldwell---Love me - -Cast and flameworked glass

Jennifer Caldwell – ‘Love me’

Cast and flameworked glass




Gerit-Grimm---Tea-Guy-12inch-height ceramic teapot

Gerit Grimm — ‘Tea Guy’

12inch height



Jennifer-Umphress_glass Octopus Teapot

Jennifer Umphress – glass Octopus Teapot



Jennifer Umphress_Uniteapot with blue spikes

Jennifer Umphress – Uni teapot with blue spikes




Joey Chiarello---Generosity-slab built by hand, stoneware fred cone 6 electric,

Joey Chiarello – ‘Generosity’

slab built by hand, stoneware fred cone 6 electric,





Chinese street vendor Tea Maestro




Julia-Feld---The-Bird-teapot --clay,-hand-built,-carved,-hand-painted-with-underglazes,-low-fre

Julia Feld – ‘The Bird’  teapot

Clay, hand built, carved, hand painted with underglazes, low fire



Kay Khan,-Chrysanthemum Teapot rich colours Quilted, stitched, embroidered, & constructed silk

Kay Khan, – Chrysanthemum Teapot

Quilted, stitched, embroidered, & constructed silk



Kirsten-Stingle_Procession-of-Muse_lngtalllady teapot

Kirsten Stingle – ‘Procession of the Muse’



Kirsten Stingle_Steeped in Revolution ceramic teapot

Kirsten Stingle –  ‘Steeped in Revolution’ ceramic teapot



Lindsay Grigsby_Spheres Teapot wood turned

Lindsay Grigsby – ‘Spheres Teapot’


Lucidtea---Mark-Leputa-glass teapot

‘Lucidtea’ — Mark Leputa



Madeline-Kaczmarczyk beaded teapots

Madeline Kaczmarczyk beaded teapots



Madeline Kaczmarczyk-Lotus directions-Hand built slab formed clay, glazed and fred with gold lusters. Post fring encrusting with glass beads

Madeline Kaczmarczyk – ‘Lotus directions’

Hand built slab formed clay, glazed and fred with gold lusters. Post fring encrusting with glass beads



Marilyn-Andrews_PassionnDoubt_figural teapot n cup

Marilyn Andrews – ‘Passion n Doubt’ – figural teapot n cup



Matthew Naftzger-Need a lift---Titanium, copper, sterling silver, vitreous enamel,

‘ Need a lift’ – Matthew Naftzger

Titanium, copper, sterling silver, vitreous enamel,



Natasha Dikareva---Swan Teapot stoneware, stains, glazes, china paint, hand built

Natasha Dikareva – ‘Swan Teapot’

stoneware, stains, glazes, china paint, hand built



Pamela MacGregor Carnival Tea

‘Carnival Tea’ – Pamela MacGregor





Natasha Dikareva – ‘On The Waves Of Her Memory’



Pamela MacGregor Kenya Revisited

Pamela MacGregor – ‘Kenya Revisited’



Robert Mickelsen, I've Got My Eye On You. Flame worked borosilicate glass.

Robert Mickelsen –  ‘I’ve Got My Eye On You’

Flame worked borosilicate glass.




Samovar-in-Soviet-Uzbekistan-tea-party-photo by maxine pen

‘Tea Party’ – Samovar in Soviet Uzbekistan

(—you have to admire the elevated status given to the teapot)

photo by Maxine Penson





‘Mad Hatter teapot’ – Mickelsen Studios

Lampworked borosilicate glass, blown, sculpted, graal technique, sandblasted, assembled.




Sheryl Zacharia_Big Head in the Clouds ceramic teapot

Sheryl Zacharia – ‘Big Head in the Clouds’ 




Sheryl-Zacharia_GreenTea ceramic teapot

Sheryl Zacharia – ‘Green Tea’ 



Susan Parrish_Sarah Jane Serves Afternoon Tea

Susan Parrish – ‘Sarah Jane Serves Afternoon Tea’




Susan-Parrish Hot Tea mixed media

Susan Parrish – ‘Hot Tea’




Sara Swink_My DonkeyTeapot

Sara Swink – ‘My Donkey Teapot’




Green Tall Fish Teapot---Tom Hubert---22inches

 ‘Tall Fish Teapot’ — Tom Hubert

22 inches height



Tea-service-Morroccan baazar

Tea service Moroccan



Tom-Hubert_Carved Figure Teapot

Tom Hubert -arabesque  ‘Carved Figure Teapot’




Tom-Hubert_Black and white Carved Teapot-porcelain-wood base

Tom Hubert – Tall black and white ‘Carved Teapot’ – porcelain with wood base




Tom-Hubert_Orange Shape teapot

Tom Hubert – ‘Orange Shape’ teapot




Tom Hubert Curly Handle Teapot

Tom Hubert ‘Curly Handle Teapot’




Tom Hubert Mahogany Leg Teapot

‘Tom Hubert – ‘Mahogany Leg Teapot’



Vittorio-Reggianini-three-ladies-having-tea in satin gowns

‘Teatime Tales’ and silk – Charles Joseph Frédéric Soulacroix




Gail-Markiewicz-ceramic teapot with complex textures

Multi textural teapot – Gail Markiewicz (non exhibtion)


Rometti ceramica maison


Rometti black and white vase with abstract motifs

Tesoro pedestal vase – Rometti


Rometti black and white geometric logo


The Ceramiche Rometti maison (house) has been active in Umbertide, Italy since 1927. Rometti was one of the first in Italy, in the early thirties, to move away from the traditional figurative neo-Renaissance and late Italian Liberty style to pursue the innovative ideas of avant-garde art and international design. Founders Settimio and Aspromonte Rometti guided the venture to successfully implement some of the finest components of contemporary design, creating products that combined research and creativity.


Plate with conentric circles and silohette of a man sowing seedThe-Sower---Corrado-Cagli

‘The Sower’ — Corrado Cagli


Today, constant experimentation is a hallmark of the Rometti workshops, in which complex and sophisticated production techniques are adapted to the specific characteristics of their earthenware, stoneware or porcelain products. As regards to majolica, for example, Rometti has always used an age old method: objects shaped by hand on the wheel are painted and “frescoed” before being baked ; a special plaster bringing out the colours and giving depth to the decorations. A mixture of the purest raw materials is used to create extremely fine porcelain. Natural clay is taken from a local quarry, whose origins date back to Roman times. The various production phases in the workshops require highly specialized manual operations such as moulding, shaping, casting, enamelling by immersion or spray, and painting. These high quality products are exclusively hand-made and are never exactly alike.


Dante-Baldelli-Ceramic-inverted cone Vase

Dante Baldelli Vase for Rometti

Umbertide, circa 1930


During its early conception Rometti attracted the talents of futurist artists such as Fortunato Depero, and Giacomo Balla. Also works of stylized figuration, sometimes visionary, playful and bizarre were created by artists of the caliber of Corrado Cagli and Dante Baldelli. Other prestigious collaborators that contributed to Rometti were painter and sculptor Giovanni Ciangottini and Leoncillo Leonardi in the forties. Today , Rometti has a team of contemporary designers that collaborate with the company including Monica Poggia, Liliane Lijn, Ambrogio Pozzi, Chantel Thomas and Jean Christoph Clair.
Rometti has been in continual production now for 90 years and has imbibed a diversity of ceramic influences including the genres of Art Deco, Futurism, Bauhaus and Modernist, all infused with the unique and distinctive Rometti interpretation. Its contemporary creations continue their rich tradition of innovation and visionary flair.





Rometti dish with triangular base

Bowl Doppiapresenza trigono – Rometti



Rometti vases 2017

Rometti ceramic vases




Rometti Collection

Rometti Display




Ceramic bottles with horizontal stripes - Jean-Christoph-Clair

Jean Christoph Clair — ‘Eau De Terre’ – Rometti




Four kings Ceramic liqueur-Set-Rometti

Ceramic liqueur set – Rometti



tesoro_Rometti white sgraffito on black footed vase

‘Tesoro’ sgraffito vase – Rometti



Ceramic Cilindro-Lamp-Monica-Poggia

‘Cilindro Lampada’ – Monica Poggia





Rometti  teapot



omeetti vase chess board decoration

‘Scacchi’ – Dante Baldelli , Rometti chess vase





Rometti factory Umbertide, Italy



Huntsmen vase Rometti-Corrado-Cagli Slightly flattened oval-shaped vase, with low funnel mouth, decorated with black hunting scene with green, yellow and brown horizontal bands on white background, majolica-glazed terracotta, Rometti manufacture, Umbertide, Italy, 20th century

Horse riding hunters vase – Corrado Cagli, Rometti




Rometti_2017_vaso_tartaruga_nero turtle shell pattern in black and white

Rometti – ‘Tartaruga Nero Vase’ – Jean Christoph Clair

Presenza Sciamana  (Shaman Presence) series



Corrado Cagli-Dante Baldelli The March on Rome ceramic plate


Corrado Cagli- ‘The March on Rome’ ceramic plate





Rometti-Tangerine ceramic Liqueur-set

Rometti – Tangerine ceramic Liqueur set




Rometti-ceramiche-vase-antilopi ovoid vase with orange, white, green, yellow bands with blacl antelope motifs

Antelopi ovoid vase – Rometti



Rometti ceramic artist in studio

Rometti ceramic artist



ceramic sculpture art deco bust - female with extended straight neck

‘Sfere Cosmos’– Jean Christoph Clair



Rometti-Umbertide-red vase with gold bands

Red vase with gold bands – Rometti



Rometti_2017_vaso_tartaruga_bianco( White Turtle Vase)

Rometti ‘Vaso Tartaruga Bianco’ (White Turtle Vase) ) – Jean Christoph Clair




retia_vase black with white chequered pattern Rometti

Rometti Retia vase



Primitivo-Rometti-black and white abstract pattern plate and ffooted tumbler

‘Primitivo’ set -Rometti



Abstract head vase - Rometti

‘Presenza’ head vase – Rometti



Black ceramic accordion player

Desktop accordion player pen stand – Rometti



Ceramic vase with fishermen motifs

Pescatori ‘Fishermen’ – Corrado Cagli – Rometti




‘Medusa’ – Dante Baldelli



Corrado Cagli, Dante Baldelli, Ceramic plate - March on Rome , 1929-1930,


Corrado Cagli, Dante Baldelli, Ceramic plate – ‘March on Rome’ 




Hunters vase by Rometti

Ovoid s ‘Hunters’ vase – Rometti




Dante Baldelli Futurist Vase – Rometti, 30’s



Ceramic female head busts and high heel boots - Jean Christoph Clair

Jean Christoph Clair – ‘Sfere Kosmos’ – Rometti



Black and White labirinto-vase-Rometti

 ‘Labirinto’ vase – Rometti




Le Arti' ceramic vase - Rometti - naked femal motif

‘Le Arti’ vase – Rometti



Ceramiche-Rometti-liqueur vessel

Ceramic liqueur pourer – Rometti



Black and White futuro_vase-Rometti

Black and white Futuro Vase



Foret-2---Cedric-Ragot lime green and white vases

‘Foret 2 ‘  – Cedric Ragot




Rometti-Pucci-Umbertide-ceramic-carafe bottle-with-stopper

Rometti ceramic carafe bottle with stopper




Black vase with orange bands and sliver female motif - Rometti

Rometti vase




Dante Baldelli Ceramic Vase



Damier contemporary vase by Rometti

‘Damier’ – Rometti




corrado-cagli-'Umbrian-Landscape',-1930 Green on yellow and white bands

Corrado Cagli – ‘Umbrian Landscape’





Corrado Cagli plate, 1930’s



Corrado-Cagli-mermaids-and-fish-plate in blue and black

Corrado Cagli mermaids and fish plate



Rometti-factory ceramic jewellry box




Carlos ceramic table in black and white

‘Carlos’ ceramic table – Rometti



Umbria landscape cache pot - Rometti Blue black and white bands with silhouette landscape

Umbria landscape cache pot – Corrado Cagli, Rometti




Ecaille---Jean-Christoph-Clair Incised blue plate and matching bottle

‘Ecaille’ —Jean Christoph Clair



Il Calciatore  Cache Pot – Rometti



Diabolo--vase -Jean-Christoph-Clair--

‘Diabolo’ – Jean Christoph Clair




‘Konas’ – Liliale Lijn




Rometti-liqueur-set green and black gazing

Rometti liqueur set




Vaso-Marin---Rometti red vase with white bands

Vaso ‘Marin’ — Rometti


Sergio Fiorentino— ‘Tuffatore’ footed floral motif campote -Rometti



Rose Vase Volupté-lacets-noires-pour-Chantal-Thomass-Rometti

‘Rose Vase Volupté’ – Chantal Thomass for Rometti



Sergio-Fiorentino---Tuffatore-footed vase with floral motif-Rometti

Sergio Fiorentino— ‘Tuffatore’ footed floral motif vase -Rometti



‘Totem’ – Jean Christoph Clair




Rometti-twin-handled-vase-Greek classical motif in black on white




Jean-Christoph-Clair ceramic arts for Rometti

‘Cocteau’ series for Rometti – Jean Christoph Clair




Il lavoro dei campi



Rometti ceramicists



Vase with stylized-horses,-majolica-glazed-terracotta,-Rometti

‘Cavalli’ vase decorated with stylized horses by Dante Balldeli for Rometti

Majolica glazed terracotta, 1938





Fisherman-ceramic plate Corrado-Cagli


‘Fisherman’ ceramic plate – Corrado Cagli



Allegoria footed vase with standing naked female from, the back

Allegoria – Rometti



Corrado-Cagli-abstract art

‘Arancia E Vasellame’ by Corrado Cagli




rometti-footed vase with man working in the fields motif in black

Rometti footed vase –  ‘Working in the fields’


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Figurative dance sculptures and art



Royal Dux Art Deco Porcelain dancers

Royal Dux Art Deco Porcelain dancers



Won-Lee dance sculpture - two slender figures

‘Caesura #4’   Won Lee




 Dance rhythms of life       


The body is blessed with agility, dexterity and above all rhythm. Only humans have the ability to be engaged (entrained) in rhythmically coordinated movement to an advanced degree. The desire to dance is universal and cross cultural and has permeated all world societies. Ancient tribes used dancing rituals for many important occasions, ceremonies and healing and attained bonding through their creative expression of movement. By integrating storytelling into these public displays of dancing, their history was reinforced and sustained into future generations. Most ancient tribes had specific and important dances for various coming of age ceremonies, weddings and funerals. Dance was performed as a form of ritual to call the spirits of their ancestors in order to establish a line of communication with them. They believed that dancing helped them to feel their ancestral spirits and enable direct invocation for the blessings and approval they were seeking.
The process of performing in rhythmic sync for a celebration and the use of costume and body decoration helped to unify the collective tribal spirit The rhythms, chants, drumming, and dancing all combined to create an uplifting, spiritual state for everyone involved. Sometimes, this led to elevated states of ecstatic trance which has been witnessed with whirling dervishes from Turkey, Moroccan hadra dancing, Orisha priestesses from Nigeria & Brazil and Shaman healers from the Kalahari. In the Middle East they believed that their dancing rituals served to reintegrate and balance the main powers of the human body with the same energy that supports the divine creative energy.


Xu Fei Hong dancing couple sculpture

Bronze dancing couple – Xu Fei Hong


According to Joseph Jordania, the development of the sense of rhythm was central for the achievement of the specific neurological state of the battle trance, crucial for the development of the effective defense system of early hominids.The elevated consciousness attained through their dance gave them more power and spirit to transcend fatigue and conquer their enemy. Some of its many manifestations through the ages has been the rhythmic war cry, rhythmic drumming by shamans, rhythmic tribal dancing before a battle, rhythmic drilling of the soldiers and even contemporary professional combat forces listening to the rhythmic rock music all using the ability of rhythm to unite human individuals into a shared collective force.
It was not uncommon for ancient tribal dancing to imitate the movements of their totem animals and birds, while wearing furs and feathers from these creatures. As birds and animals had characteristic movements, especially with their mating rituals, they had a wealth of material to draw upon. Prehistoric hunters performed dancing to honor their prey before killing them to receive maximum advantage from the flesh.


Rosenthal, white porcelain -Dancer-1923

Rosenthal Dancer, 1923


In some of the more esoteric dance performances, complex rituals are integrated into the dancing as evidenced in the use of distinctive hand movements and vivd facial expressions in the South Indian Bharatnatyam. Complete mythological epic tales are enacted, highlighted by the percussive stamping of feet in sync to the Tabla and Mridang drumming rhythm patterns. Lord Nataraja, one of the Hindu gods, is considered to be the master of this dance form. The Moroccan Gnawa music and accompanying dance also has detailed structure. ( see below)

The natural balance and grace of a dancer combined with the accompanying spirit, joy and emotion, provides a rich tapestry of subject matter for a visual artist. The capturing of dance performance is covered here with a focus on three artistic mediums – sculpture, photography and paintings.


Pearl-Primus dancing with two drummers Photo by Gjon Mili

Pearl Primus  – photo by Gjon Mili

“I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere”.  – Pearl Primus




Marc-Bellaire ceramic drop vessel with tribal dancer

Mid Century tribal dancer vessel – Marc Bellaire



AncientBoeotian Terracotta statue .. dancer

Boeotian Terracotta statue of a dancer




'Dancer'-by-Gerda-Gerdago sculpture figurine bronze

Constructivist Art Deco ‘Dancer’  by Gerda Gerdago

Iconic Snob Galeries




Edourad Cazaux Baluster-vase

Baluster vase with dancing carnival characters – Edouard Cazaux



Giovanni-Ronzan belly dancer figurine

Giovanni Ronzan belly dancer figurine, Torino, Italy



Josef-Lorenzl-Gold Art Deco sculpture dance figure

Josef Lorenzl Gold Art Deco dance figure




Jitka-Palmer-ceramic cup with dancing

Jitka Palmer



MichaelGustavson-Autumn Dancer abstract sculpture ceramic vessel

Michael Gustavson – ‘Autumn Dancer’



Janos Torok Mid Century dancers vase

Janos Torok Mid Century dancers vase for Zsolnay




‘Afro Cuban Dancers’ – Miguel Covarrubias




D.H.Chiparus Art Deco Dancer Bronze Sculpture Statue Figurine--Thai costume

D.H.Chiparus Art Deco Dancer Bronze Sculpture Statue Figurine




‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’ 1939

Meet Me At The Savoy! Photo Series




Dustin Yellin. New York City Ballet-Art Series. February, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dustin Yellin. New York City Ballet-Art Series.

February, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)




A-Girl-from-Mexico female dancer

Movie – ‘A girl from Mexico’, 2012




Harem-Dancer-Sculpture-by-Van-de-Voorde in bronze

Harem Dancer Sculpture by Van de Voorde



Gustavo Pujalte, Esquina Tango A couple dancing the tango on the street


Gustavo Pujalte, ‘Esquina Tango’




Dance of Beauty – Parian – Gaylord Ho

Fascination Fine Art




Dominique Alonzo –  ‘Danseuse Egyptienne’



Edouard Cazaux daceing female figurine

Edouard Cazaux




Guy Portelli_small_tango_sculpture of a dancing couple

Guy Portelli – ‘Small Tango’



Tongues (Holy Rollers) –  Archibald Motley – 1929

Chicago History Museum




Gnawa musicians and leaping dancer

Gnawa dance

The mluk are evoked by the seven musical patterns, seven melodic and rhythmic cells (Um) which are repeated and varied, set up the seven suites that form the repertoire of dance and music of the Gnawa ritual. During these seven suites are burned seven different incense and veils or shawls of seven different colors are used to cover the dancers. Each of the seven mluk is accompanied by many characters (mluk or Djins) recognized by the music and by the footsteps of the dance. These entities are treated like “presence” (Hadra) that the consciousness meets in the altered state of consciousness (Hal), are related with mental complexes, human characters or behaviors. Some of the most known spirits amongst the Gnawa group are: Lalla Mira, Lalla Aicha, and Sidi Mimoun are usually related to places like rivers or seas.


Copyright 1998-to current date by Gilded Serpent, LLC


Eva-Antonia Ballerina sculpture in bronze

‘Ballerina’ – Eva Antonini



Vase with dancers-in-bluish-white-tones-bubbled-with-fountains-gushing-dark-blue.Edourad-Cazaux

Jazz Age ovoid vase with a hemmed collar and dancers in bluish-white tones bubbled with fountains gushing dark blue – Edouard Cazaux

Circa 1935-1940




(B) Ballet on the Beach (c)NYC64813 – Philippe Halsman



Blue_Dancer_2-Alexander-Archipenko - sculpture of a female dancer

‘Blue Dancer 2’ –  Alexander Archipenko



‘Hot Rhythm’ – Archibald Motley – Jazz Age modernist



bronzestatue of a male and female calypso dancers

Bronze statue of Caribbean dancers




Jazz Age plate by Viktor Schreckengost

Jazz Age plate by Viktor Schreckengost



Dakkar street dancing by Frank-Horvat

Frank Horvat – Dakkar street dancing





Ballroom Dancers Mixed Media Hand Painted Iron Wall Sculpture by Primo




Aaron-Douglas drawing of black dancers

Aaron Douglas




Dancer-and-the-dance-by-John-Safer-Stylized stainless steel sculpture

‘Dancer and the dance’ by John Safer




Dany-Jumg wood sculpture

Dany Jumg



Demêtre Chiparus, “Les Girls” c.1930



Eds-Dance_Hans-van-de-Bovenkamp - abstract metal sculpture

‘Ed’s Dance’ – Hans van de Bovenkamp



Ernie-Barnes painting of a dancing couple

Ernie Barnes – ‘The Dancing Couple’




Gerdago---Silver Dancer----1920

Gerda Gerdago—‘Silver Dancer’— Austria 1920





Porcelain dancing couple – designed by Lorenzl for  Goldscheider




Dance of Life sculpture - Dancing circle of women arm in arm

‘Dance of Life’ sculpture – Bradanovic Agid Lucy




Rene Lalique-Crystal-Two-Nude-Dancers

Rene Lalique frosted glass ‘Two Nude Dancers’



Granada-Gypsies dancing Granada gypsy with guitar players

Granada Gypsies playing guitars for a Gypsy dancer

Photograph by Dmitri Kessel





Silver bronze Art Deco dancer with drape




Kolaramma-Temple carved stone dancing lady

Kolaramma Temple at Kolar, relief of dancing women at the mahadwara (main entrance)




Gyuri Hollosy




passionate tango dancing couple

Tango dancers




Joy Of The Dance - D.E. McDermott Lady dancing sculpture in black

‘Joy Of The Dance’ – D.E. McDermott

Sioux Falls



Marie-Madeleine-Gautier-French-sculptor LES DANSEUSES BALINAISES

‘Les Danseuses Balinaises’ – Marie Madeleine Gautier




Maurice-Guiraud-Riviere-art deco figure sculpture - naked green man with a gold turban

Maurice Guiraud Riviere – art deco figure sculpture



Nathan-Brutsky cubist abstract man and woman dancing

Nathan Brutsky



Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-Les_Trois_Graces Three buxom women dancing

Niki de Saint Phalle – ‘Les Trois Graces’


Paige Bradley - 'Summer' =nude female sculpture

Paige Bradley – ‘Summer’ 


Georgy-Kurasov painting of female dancer with tamborine


Georgy Kurasov




Erte Firedancer art deco figure sulpture

Erte – ‘Firedancer’

Patinated and cold painted Art Deco sculpture




Pawaya temple relief of female musicians and a dancer

Relief of court dancer from Gupta era, Pewaya, Madhya Pradesh



leaping Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus

“The dance is strong magic. It transforms the body into liquid steel. It makes it vibrate like a guitar. The body can fly without wings. It can sing without voice. The dance is strong magic. The dance is life:”. – Pearl Primus


sculpture of a female dancing by Dorothy Brook

‘Rain Dance’ by Dorothy Brook




Richard-MacDonald-sculpture of two dancing sisters

Richard MacDonald sculpture – Sisters Quarter Life from the Joie de Vivre Suite



Keith Calder--layback_male_dancer

Lay Back Male Dancer – Keith Calder




Richard-MacDonald blaaet dancing sisters

Richard MacDonald



 Gypsy dancing -by Kurt Hielscher

 Gypsy dancing by Kurt Hielscher

Spain 1914-1919



mark_yale_harris_dance_me_to_the_end_of_love_l dancing couple sculpture

‘Dance me to the end of love !’  – Mark Yale Harris




Rogier-Ruys two female abstract damcers

Rogier Ruys two female abstract dancers desktop sculptures



Şatrova Natalia





The Lindy Hop1936 by Miguel Covarrubias

‘The Lindy Hop’ by Miguel Covarrubias



Outdoor sculpture of a dancing cople -- Tango by Larry Young

 ‘Tango’ by Larry Young





Egyptian Dancer in a Tent, by Willem de Famars Testas, 1863, Dutch Painting, watercolor.

Egyptian Dancer in a Tent, by Willem de Famars Testas, 1863, Dutch Painting, watercolor




Svetlana Belyaeva photo of a dancer in the forest

Svetlana Belyaeva photography





Violetta---Nathalie-SEGUIN-female sculpture

‘Violetta’  —   Nathalie Seguin



House Music with dance sculptures – Tikyo feat. Barbara Tucker The B Crew _Back 2 Love Richard Earnshaw Remix




Masks – the art of concealment


African painted clay mask, Luluwa – Royal Museum for Central Africa

Photo – Haguard Du Nord


Menagerie of mask mystique


During the first decades of the 20th century, a shift occurred from purely perceptual art to a more conceptual style fueled by a growing interest in the tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania and North America. The ‘primitivism’ and Africanist arts explored by Paul Gauguin just before the beginning of the century was also embraced by artists such as Modigliani, Matisse, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Brancusi, Giacometti and Picasso. It gifted them with a visual narrative that propelled the movement away from naturalism and contributed to a pivotal thrust towards Modern and contemporary work. The spread of Colonialism and exploration allowed the artists to become acquainted with exotic masks and sculptures that influenced their change in perception, especially with the evolution of Cubism.

The art of masks has been expressed for many different reasons. Masks have existed as a potent symbol for mystique, communication and power ranging from pure flight of fantasy in a masquerade ball or carnivale festival, depictions of particular characters in opera and theatre, Japanese Kabuki Kumadori masks, revelations of ancesral spirits in tribal ceremony and use by a Shaman for conveying a deity spirit force.
Primitive tribal artists, through less cultivation of their intellect, perceived reality more directly through their subconscious and intuition. This was one of the reasons why their art was more schematic and minimalsied as intuitive awareness needed less detail to understand an object. Their primitive imagery in some ways was actually sophisticated in its own right because it created the desired impact without a need for as much visual realism and complexity. This was used to great effect in the mask arts.



Aegean-Goddess mask TheArtOfTheMask-on-Etsy

Aegean Goddess mask


The mask artists in most ancient cultures earned a respected status, not only because of their artisan skills but because of their ability to infuse “spirit” into the art piece. Masks were judged not only by their artistic appearance but for the power they projected. In Cameroon, mask carvers were held in high esteem and worked mostly for forts (local kings). The late fon (chief) of Babungo was himself a talented carver, who descended from a royal line of carvers.
Generally in Africa, the masks are held to be of great spiritual power, and it’s considered taboo for anyone other than specially trained persons or chosen ones to wear or possess certain masks. These ceremonial masks are each thought to have a soul, or life force, and wearing these masks is thought to transform the wearer into the entity the mask represents.


African Mask from the Tikar tribe of Cameroon-17inches-high-Genuineafrica-com

African Mask from the Tikar tribe of Cameroon

17inches high-



The Baoulé, the Senoufo and the Dan tribes of Africa all believe their world is split into two domains: the human domain which is represented by the village and its people, and the spiritual domain, which is represented by the forest and its spirits and their art. When a dancer wears a mask he becomes the spirit of that mask depending on his skill as a ‘medium’. A masked dancer will speak in the language of the spirits and his words are interpreted by a wise man. There are many different masks, each of which has a distinct use during rituals or festivals. Some masks play an important part in tribal rites while others are simply for entertainment at social gatherings. This is typical for many African tribes and other ancient cultures that used masks in their ceremonies.

In Mozambique the most powerful and important Chokwe mask is known as ‘Chikunga’. It is only worn by chiefs and is used during investiture ceremonies of a chief and for performing sacrifices to the ancestors. During their Mukunda initiation, the youth spend several months in a special lodge where they are instructed in their anticipated roles as men. As part of their instruction, the boys are taught the history and traditions of the group and the secrets associated with the wearing and making of masks.




Chokwe-red-and-white braided hair

Incised African mask – Chokwe red and white


Masks were popular in early Greek theatre and preceded the introduction of acting with spoken lines. Like the African masks, they were also larger in scale and favoured a startling appearance and heightened expression running the full gamut of emotions, whether it be sadness, joy, pain or delight. They were also used as a vehicle to tap the hidden psyche and show larger than life abstract imagery from the subconscious. Just as meditation provides the ability to transcend the notion of limited self, the donning of a ceremonial mask also served as a vehicle for shifting self perception and embracing a higher spirit.
Picasso recognized the transformative power of art when he first witnessed Dan masks at a Paris ethnographic museum exhibition. He realized that the Dan artists were using the masks as a means to express their confrontation and conquering of their own inner fears. And in the process they opened up visionary channels of communication and revealed the hidden inner layers for others to witness. Masks weren’t only a means to conceal the physical appearance but became a metaphor for the presence of a hidden consciousness.

Brancusi said, “what is real is not the external form but the essence of things. It is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its external surface”. The tribal artists intrinsically grasped this concept.



Ghanaian craved wood mask

African Wood Mask Hand Carved ‘Dan Beauty’  Ghana




mosaic mask flickr

Herzstücke Mosaics Mask

Herz Stucke, Flickr



angoram-mask,-sepik-carving, Papua, New Guinea

Sepik mask carving, Papua, New Guinea




kimmy-cantrell abstract cubist mask

Kimmy Cantrell abstract mask




Carved Dan mask - Camaroon

Dan Mask, Ivory Coast




Black Bamana mask, Mali

Bamana mask, Ivory Coast




Mosaic Mask from Malinaltepec. Teotihuacan Exhibition

Turquoise, Amazonite, Obsidian mask from Malinaltepec, Mexico

300-550 AD

Teotihuacan Exhibition





Bambara Mask  — Mali, Africa




Sky Blue with gold highlights 'Small wind' mask by Nives Cicin Sain

 ‘Small wind’ mask by Nives Cicin Sain




Carved wooden Baule Mask - Africa

Carved wooden Baule Mask – Ivory Coast




Tribal mask Billy-Kiten-mask,-Sepik-River

Sepik River mask by Billy Kiten , Papua New Guinea




Wood carved wall sculpture - Congo-Chokwe-mask

Congo Chokwe mask



Art Deco Ceramic-Wall-Mask-'TRAGEDY'-By-Goldscheider-Wien

‘Tragedy’  ceramic wall mask By Goldscheider Wien, Austria




Ivory-Coast-red-mask carved from wood

Ivory Coast red mask




full faced Japanese wooden mask

Carved wood Japanese smiling mask




Daniel hawkins wall mask

‘White Crawl’ mask – Daniel Hawkins






Art Nouveau Egyptian Revival Bronze and Terracotta Burial Mask

NYC Modern



Art Deco Inspired Tamara de Lempicka Wall Mask from Echo Of Deco

Art Deco Inspired ‘Tamara de Lempicka’ Wall Mask from Echo Of Deco




Eharo masks, Elema people, Orokolo Bay, Gulf province New Guinea

Eharo masks, Elema people, Orokolo Bay, Gulf province New Guinea





Water Spirit Mama Wati Face mask. Guro people. Ivory Coast

Mid-20th century



-Elema Mask,-Orokolo-village of New Guinea

Elema Mask, Papua New Guinea




Elemental power mask – Laura Demm



'Epa' mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria

‘Epa’ mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria



Fig Leafman ceramic Mask

Fig Leafman ceramic Mask




Gabon long Fang mask

 Long Fang mask, Gabon



Higinio Hernandez Carrillo. Beaded mask,-'Green Jicuri Flower'

Higinio Hernandez Carrillo. Beaded mask, – ‘Green Jicuri Flower’




Isis, Osiris and Nephtys.-Scene from woman's mummy mask

Isis, Osiris and Nephthys. Scene from woman’s mummy mask

Roman Period



Keramik Wandmaske Afrikanerin-1950's

Ceramik Wandmaske Afrikanerin




Kifwebe Songye mask carved wood

Kifwebe Songye mask



Mexican Folk Art Sun Moon mask by Felipe Perez Aygn

20 inches height

Great Green Apple




Japanese-Folk-Art-Opera-Mask in red, grey, black and white

Japanese Folk Art Opera Mask



‘Oracle Mask’  – Daniel Hawkins



Scott Jensen carved mask

Speaking Cedar





Lulula ceremonial mask

African Congo Circa: 20 th Century AD




Stone-mask-'Na`vi Herzstücke Mosaics Mask

Mosaic on stone mask ‘Na`vi  – Herzstücke Mosaics Mask

Herz Stücke Flickr



‘Lustre Masks’ – Beatrice-Wood


Donna Schneier Fine Arts



LydiaMini Raku Ceramic Mask

‘Lydia Mini’ Raku Ceramic Mask – Epsilon Series – 



Ceramic mosaic Mask Lungo by Irina Charny

Ceramic mosaic ‘Mask Lungo’ by Irina Charny




Black sculpture Magic Mask by Elizabeth Catlett

‘Magic Mask’ by Elizabeth Catlett

Photo – Crispin Vasquez



tall mask Boris-Indrikov


Elongated mask – Boris Indrikov




Gold and red Mahakala-Buddha-Wall-Mask

Tibetan Mahakala Buddha Wall Mask with octopus crown




NZ Maori mask by Bob Christopher

Hand carved NZ Maori mask by Bob Christopher



Mask-by Boris Indrikov

Part abstract mask – Boris Indrikov



Maske 'kpelié' from the Senufo people

 ‘Kpelié Makse’ from the Senufo people, Ivory Coast




beaded Ganesha mask, India

Beaded Ganesh mask, India




Bearde man mask

Mask of bearded man, 2nd century B.C



Mask of the 'mblo'-group from the Baule people

Mask from ‘mblo’ group of the Baule people



Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali - wood and metal

Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali



Colourful Mayan mask in green, orange and white

Mayan mask




African Mask by Roger Capron




Mini Dan African_artifact_wood_black_face_mask_cote_i__voire_liberia

Mini Dan African mask_Cote D’IVoire,  Liberia




Steel Mask-by-Hagenauer

Momdernist Mask by Franz Hagenauer

Sheryl’s Art Deco



Sepik River mask - Papua New Guinea

Sepik River mask – Papua New Guinea



Neo-Olmec-mask - Daniel Hawkins

Neo Olmec mask – Daniel Hawkins



New-Guinea-Native-Wood-Mask with shells and string

New Guinea Native Wood Mask




-Likishi-Masquerade-Kaoma-Zambia -photo by Phyllis-Galembo

Likishi Mask, Kaoma, Zambia

 Photo by Phyllis Galembo





‘Frog Mask’ – Preston Singletary, Ed Archie and NoiseCat



lisa Larson ceramic mask

Gustavsberg, Lisa Larson



Raku-fired-with-crawling-glaze Chihula octopus mask

Cthulhu raku fired mask




Senufo Kpeliye'e Double Mask

Senufo Kpeliye’e Double Mask





‘Frog Moon’ by artist Randy Stiglitz




River-Spirit-wall mask--Courtney and Scott-Jensen carved wood and beads

‘River Spirit’ wall mask–Scott and Courtney Jensen




7 cobras mask - Sri laanka

Coiled Cobra mask – Sri Lanka



Teke enameled mask

Teke Mask



Teotihuacan greenstone mask

Teotihuacan greenstone mask




Chalk Ware Sarem Italy Lenci Lady




and carved and painted mask

Vintage African carved mask





Sascha Brastoff mask


Bunnies of fortune



Glastonbury Hare by Christopher Fry - painting of a solitary hare in a field during a Full Moon

‘Glastonbury Hare’ by Christopher Fry


Rabbit and hare blessings through the ages


The myth of the Moon Gazing Hare has a connection to ancient Pagan beliefs and beyond. They believed that seeing a moon gazing hare was an affirmation of femininity and would bring growth, re-birth, and abundance, new-beginnings and good fortune. The hare was sacred to the goddess Freya and to Ostara, goddess of springtime. This link with the goddess Ostara/Eostre led to the modern day Easter Bunny. At Easter we eat Hot-Cross Buns, the cross on the bun representing the four quarters of the moon while the Easter egg was regarded as a fertility symbol.

The Chinese also saw the rabbit as a sign of feminine luck and growth. I met a Vietnamese girl who related to me that on a full moon , it was traditional in Vietnam for women to go to the beach and absorb the light of the moon. They revered the bodhisattva goddess, Kuan Yin, who had a connection to the moon and the ocean and was regarded as a symbol of fertility, much the same as the rabbit.



ceramic seated hare sculpture Joe Lawrence

‘Alert Hare’ – Joe Lawrence, via flickr


The ancient Persians believed that ‘a rabbit that crosses your path is good luck.’ They also used them as a talisman on their battle armour and on their pottery, as they were a carrier of great luck and were a symbol of generic beneficence. Chinese Taoist legend ascribes the hare as having a role in the alchemical process for Immortality. Algonquin Indians of North America believed that after death, their spirits traveled to a hare god known as Menabosho. The spiral symbol was also depicted with the rabbit for its association with the goddess, fertility, growth, rebirth and continual change. In the Spring, it was considered lucky to see rabbits running through the fields as they were associated with fertility and the return of flowers and other plants.
Eros, the god of love, is sometimes represented carrying a hare, and the hare was a favorite animal of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. When a hare rested at the feet of the Virgin Mary, it was a symbol of triumph over desires of the flesh. The vision of a bright Full Moon granted love and courage to the blessed.


Vintage Carlton ware Rabbits at Dusk vase aRT dECO

Art Deco Carlton Ware ‘Rabbits At Dusk’ vase


The rabbit, having shorter front legs, can run fastest uphill, enabling it to elude its pursuers along with its evasive skills. Its unique stride, where its back feet touch the ground before the front feet supported the belief of the luck of the “rabbits foot”, especially the back ones. Plutarch (AD 46 – 120), claimed that with its speed and vigilance the rabbit was blessed with a “divine” gait.
In summation, the hare is a symbol of many things, all involving balance, creative potency, refinement, regeneration, fertility, and eternity. This manifests in the form of  inspiration, the Dawn, the Moon, rebirth, infinity, genius, sacred fire and the Egg. Buddhists and Hindus believed that the hare had the powers of resurrection, manifestation and rejuvenation, similar to the phoenix. The Egyptian hieroglyph for the verb “to be” or “being” was actually a hare crouched over a squiggly line of water.

“On the first day of the month when you wake up in the morning shout ‘White Rabbit’ and when you go to bed at night shout ‘Black Rabbit’ and you will have good luck.” – ancient belief


Adrienne-Speer rabbit charger

Adrienne Speer



Black and white geometric patterned Acoma Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery Seed Pot - JM Shativa Peublo Direct

Acoma Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery Seed Pot – JM Shativa

Pueblo Direct



raku-Hare sculpture-by-Lesley-D-McKenzie

Brown hare – raku sculpture by Lesley D McKenzie, via Flickr




Earthenware, molded and underglaze-painted decoration. Iran, 19th century.

From an illustration for Zakariya al-Qazwini’s book, Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing (13th century).




Elaine-Peto two ceramic hare sculptures

Elaine Peto

“A man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” -Chinese Proverb.




Gin-Durham---White-Hare sculpture

Gin Durham— ‘White Hare’   2015

Hatfield Gallery



Etruscan-Black-figure-amphora,-c.500-BC-with three hare motifs

Etruscan Black figure amphora




Firwel crafts rabbit sculpture

Firwel Crafts Moon Gazing Lunar Hare sculpture – reconstituted stone





‘Bassano’ flower vase with rabbit and cabbage (20th-century), L’Ancora manufacture, Veneto, Italy





Egyptian wall art – Ra in the form of a feline/hare slaying the snake Apophis, Tomb of Inherkha, 1160 BC, Thebes.

The rabbit, being associated with moderation, resists temptation from the serpent.



Iranian-tray-tri hare luck symbol

Iranian Silk Road tray with the “Three Hares” luck symbol.

Three hares racing around in an endless circle. Displaying the riddle of each having two ears, yet there are only three ears in total as each ear is shared by two hares.( enlarge with click) This symbol has been seen on 13th century bells in monasteries in Germany and 15th century churches in England. Once again as a symbol of luck (the riddle connecting it to the Dragon*) and resistance to temptation. Also evidenced in elaborate ceiling paintings from the Sui and Tang dynasties (AD 581 to 907). This ubiquitous motif has connected civilisations across religion and time carrying a consistent theme.

*Dragon invocation typically involved a riddle



sacred three hares symbol stained glass

‘Three Hares’ stained glass panel – Angie Dibble

Half Moon Stained Glass




Mayan whistle in the form of the moon goddess and her rabbit consort. CE 600–800.

Ceramic Mayan whistle in the form of the moon goddess and her rabbit consort.

CE 600–800. Princeton University Art Museum.




Jenny Mendes



raku hare sculpture- Annie Peaker

Raku Hare – Annie Peaker




Arthur Court-Aluminum-Bunny-Wine-Cooler with gold feet

Arthur Court–Aluminum Bunny Wine Cooler



Raymond Yard Art Deco rabbit waiter brooch

 Art Deco rabbit waiter brooch – Raymond Yard



Beadwork-and-Mixed-Media jackrabbit -by-Betsy Youngquist

Beadwork and Mixed Media jackrabbit  – Betsy Youngquist



Bowl with_hare,_Egypt,_Fatimid_period, 11th century_AD, earthenware with overglaze luster painting Cincinnati Art Museum

Egyptian hare motif bowl

Earthenware with overglaze luster painting,  Fatimid period, 11th century AD,

Cincinnati Art Museum



Raku-Hare-moon gazing by-Paul-Jenkins

Raku Moon Gazing Hare by Paul Jenkins



rabbit standing in a field next to a mushroom

Rabbit leaning on a mushroom




Ceramic Platter Rabbits Moon and Stars Large by RonPhilbeckPottery,

 Large  Ceramic Platter – Rabbits Moon and Stars by Ron Philbeck Pottery




leaping hare ceramic tile etsy

Deep turquoise leaping hare ceramic tile

Gianar etsy



Stylised crackle glaze rabbit, signed Lepoy

Sheryls Art Deco




Raku Bunnies – Regina Chinow



Flock the Jack Rabbit Look what I can do - Flickr orange rabbit sculpture with abstract decoration

‘Flock the Jack Rabbit’ –  Look what I can do – Flickr



Joshua Tobey ceramic rabbit

‘Jackpot’  hare sculpture – Joshua Tobey




Bronze ‘King of Jacks’ – Joshua Tobey




Foxlo-Pottery hare motif vase

Sgraffito hare vase – Foxlo Pottery — Fox & Lois Garney



Michael Flynn - Hare Woman - sculpture of a dancing lady with a dancing hare

 ‘Hare Woman’  – Michael Flynn

Hares run at a speed of 37 body lengths per second – 60 kilometers/hour




Eli Kaluga Innocent – Smiling Hare



Ceramic bunny box – Lisa Naples




ceramic rabbit planter Lisa Naples

Hare planter – Lisa Naples




Rabbit motif on maiolica dish, Florence 1450




Herend-Rabbit porcelain sculpture with red on white surface pattern

Herend porcelain rabbit




Hornsea rabbit vase

Hornsea Eastgate




Netsuke rabbit figure

Netsuke Rabbit, Japan



Carved stone sculpture of a rabbit 'Okazaki Shrine' (Rabbit Shrine), Kyoto

‘Okazaki Shrine’ (Rabbit Shrine), Kyoto 



'Okazaki Shrine' (Rabbit Shrine), Kyoto rabbit statue

‘Okazaki Shrine’ (Rabbit Shrine), Kyoto



Study For A Silent Hare_2007-Beth Cavener ceramic stoneware sculpture

‘Study For A Silent Hare’ – Beth Cavener




rabbit-plate with crackle glaze by Josse Davies

3 Rabbit plate – Josse Davies




Gin-Durham hare sculpture

Gin Durham




margaret-wozniak - blue highlights on a white ceramic rabbit

Polish-born, New York based sculptor, Margaret Wozniak




Morris Pottery



Netty-van-den-Heuvel white porcelain rabbit

Netty van den Heuvel, Nl




Kare Design fetish bunny - ceramic rabbit in red rubber costume

White ceramic bunny in red rubber costume – Kare Design, Germany




reclining hare - Nick Mackman

Reclining Hare – Nick Mackman



Nicolas-Ortiz terracotta rabbit

Nicolas Ortiz – ‘Estrada Rabbit’



Rare Foley ware 'Intarsio' rabbit decorated ginger jar and cover, designed by Frederick Rhead,

Rare Foley ware ‘Intarsio’ rabbit decorated ginger jar and cover, designed by Frederick Rhead

English, circa 1900




Running-rabbit-plate by-Diana Fayt

Running Rabbit Plate by Diana Fayt




Rabbit vessel by Sarah Ogren

Rabbit Vase – Sarah Ogren




‘Star Falls’ by Toshio Ebine



Gaynor-Osinelli,-Paul-Priest,-Artists,-2010 Orange and white hare

Gaynor Osinelli, Paul Priest — 2010




Two rabbits outdoors on a hill Shaun Tan

‘The Rabbits’ – Shaun Tan




Royal-Doulton-Flambe-Hare red glaze

 Royal Doulton Flambe Hare




Tile mosaic with a rabbit, lizard and mushroom, 19th or early 20th century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (artist unknown)



Green tortoise-hare-sculpture New York

Green Tortoise and Hare sculpture – Barry Flannagan?

Broadway at 246th Street, NY



Two Yuan Dynasty stoneware jars

Two Yuan Dynasty stoneware jars

1271 – 1368




Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu in her busy bunny garden

photo Kathryn Parker Almanas




Rabbit – Flickr MikiNagata




Mark-Marshall-Lambeth-Vase with male and female rabbit figurines

‘The Waning of the Honeymoon’ – Mark Marshall Lambeth Vase



Westie-cast iron white bunny-bookends

Bunny bookends – Westie




Laurie Sharman




Romantic love in art, sculpture and clay



Louis-Jules-Trager-Adam and Eve vase

‘Adam and Eve’ – Louis Jules Trager, Sevres

Art Nouveau 1925


The Psyching of Cupid


The original story of Cupid and Psyche appeared in the 2nd century AD in a story called ‘Metamorphoses’ which was written by Platonicus. This was a tale of the struggle to overcome obstacles in love featuring Psyche {soul} and Cupid (desire). Eros, which is also a name for Cupid, had been appearing with Psyche via Greek art and sculpture since the 5th century BC. Other gods also featured with them including Venus, Amore, Mercury and Jupiter. The story was retold in poetry, drama, and opera through the ages and depicted widely in painting and sculpture inspiring many artists, especially after it reappeared during the Renaissance. Frollicing couples, courting couples, hopeless romantics, betrayal, infidelity, unrequited love mixed with joy, despair, elation, romantic trysts, love quests, separation, connection with doses of torment, pain and delirium. All the romatic cliches were on display.
Romances were typically based around themes such as the supernatural, wandering, exploration and discovery. They often featured exotic, fantastical locations with themes of transgression and redemption, loss and retrieval, exile and reunion. The story was popular on the spinners circuit (females on spinning wheels) and also a favourite with wandering minstrels.


Psyche admiring a sleeping Cupid sculpture

Psyche looking at Cupid sculpture



John Collier: The Death of Cleopatra (1890)


Some of these popular romantic tales and epics of the past had a strong emphasis that falling in love was fraught with danger and tragic consequences. Orpheus was so distraught at the loss of Eurydice that his emotionally charged songs made the gods and nymphs weep to the extent that she was eventually granted resurrection. He then went on to lose her again when bringing her back from the underworld, this time permanently. Cleopatra and Marc Antony was another famous tale of tragedy in love, both dying from a false communication of the others well being.. Rama had success in rescuing his kidnapped partner Sita from the demon Ravana in the Ramayana epic, but she had to throw herself on his funeral pyre to prove her loyalty, which had been questioned. Sir Lancelot, had to rescue Queen Genevieve from being burned at the stake for her adultery with him. This had weakened the rule of King Arthur and led to Lancelot ending his days as a lowly hermit and Guinevere became a nun at Amesbury where she died. Helen of Troy was reunited with King Menelaus in Homers Illiad but it took an army and a war to achieve this.
Cupid sometimes appeared blindfolded to convey the message that love is blind. Shiva, the Lord of Transcendence probably had the right idea when the Hindu cupid Kamdeva paid him a visit to make him infatuated with Parvati. He blasted him with a flame from his third eye due to Kamadeva’s arrow disturbing his meditation.


Bernard-Kapfe abstract cuddling lovers sculpture

Bernard Kapfe – Lovers



The Aesthetic genre at the turn of the 20th century rekindled the spirit of beauty and romance while Art Nouveau had a tendency to display numerous forlorn maidens and nymphs pining wistfully for a lover or in some sort of emotional suspension in a nature setting deep in a forest next to an enchanted pond. All the famous pottery companies in Europe – Zsolnay, Bohemian Amphora, Italian Capodimonte, Austrian Goldscheider, Royal Dux created pieces with a romantic aesthetic.
The French ceramicists Jean Mayodon, Edouard Cazaux, Rene Buthaud, Rene Crevel and Charles Catteau all flirted with romantic themes, and displayed their innate romantic flair in design and decoration, usually classically inspired in style while infused with Art Deco designs and Fauvist colours and freedom.
The love mood in Art Deco became more sophisticated and modern with liasons occurring in cafes or trendy gatherings. Love became more calculated and business like and less compulsive, but artists like Demetre Chiparus, Erte, Fasyral and Pierre le Faguays kept the romantic spirit churning.


Dante and Beatrice - Henry Holiday

‘Dante meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinità’, by Henry Holiday




Love saith concerning her: “How chanceth it

That flesh, which is of dust, should be thus pure?”

Then, gazing always, he makes oath: “Forsure,

This is a creature of God till now unknown.”

She hath that paleness of the pearl that’s fit

In a fair woman, so much and not more;

She is as high as Nature’s skill can soar;

Beauty is tried by her comparison.

Whatever her sweet eyes are turned upon,

Spirits of love do issue thence in flame,

Which through their eyes who then may look on them

Pierce to the heart’s deep chamber every one.

And in her smile Love’s image you may see;

Whence none can gaze upon her steadfastly.


..Dante Alighieri

La Vita Nuova



Meissen art nouveau vase with cupid motif

Meissen porcelain vase



Theodore-Riviere-sculpture of Sarah-Bernhardt-à-Carthage

Theodore Riviere sculpture of ‘Sarah Bernhardt à Carthage’




Cappy Thompson,-The Calling---painted-glass Mercury calling a sleeping woman

Cappy Thompson, ‘The Calling’




‘Seduction’ – Akio Takamori


Alejandra-Franco-Dancers-2013 - clay figurine of an eldery couple dancing

Alejandra Franco – ‘Dancers’         




Andre Methey-ceramic bowl

‘Devoted’ – Andre Methey




‘A Chinese love song’ – Marygold Print




‘Elation’  – Rosenthal Art Deco Porcelain Female Figure by D. Charol





Aristide Maillol - 1906-1908.Desire sculpture

‘Desire’ – Aristide Maillol – 1906-1908

Museum of Modern Art – New York



Art-Deco-Vase-Longwy-for-Pomona-Bon-Marché I woman dancing with a deer

Art Deco Vase Longwy – Pomona Bon Marché



Itzik-Ben-Shalom-Embracing-Couple - bronze abstract sculpture

Itzik Ben Shalom – ‘Embracing Couple’




Bertel-Thorvaldsen----Amor-and-Psyche relief art

Bertel Thorvaldsen – – ‘Amor and Psyche’

photo Maicar Forlag


Camille-VandenBerge,-Love-Struck, Ceramic buet of a girl with two birds on her hat

Camille VandenBerge – ‘Love Struck’




Edward Cauzaux white figural vase

Edouard Cazaux figural vase



Edourde-cazaux-vase with two nude figures in blue and white

Edouard Cazaux




Celestial Sun Moon Mosaic wall art



Clement-Massier---Sculptural-bowl,-1900 with nude figures

Clement Massier—Sculptural Art Nouveau lustreware bowl




Demetre-Chiparus-danicng-couple-female with a harlequin

‘Fancy Dress’ – Demetre Chiparus



Dreamer_Monica-Wyatt-seated abstract woman

‘Dreamer’  Monica Wyatt




Edourd-Cazaux-nude white lady with two doves motif

Edouard Cazaux



Eduard-Ghazaryan-Lovers ceramic sculpture

Eduard Ghazaryan – ‘Lovers’



Louise Burgeois. ‘The Couple’  metal sculpture

Ekeberg Park, Oslo, Norway


Delamarre Raymond-1890-1986-fr-Persee and Andromede

‘Persee and Andromede’ – Delamarre Raymond




Elliott-Erwitt-Magnum-Photos A couple reflected thru a rear vision mirror

Elliott Erwitt

Magnum Photos




Etruscan-Vulci wall art relief

Etruscan wall relief of couple – Vulci





‘Kiss in Venice’ – futurist Fortunato Depero




Frances_MacDonald_-_Ophelia_1898 recliing lady in lavender dress

Frances MacDonald – ‘Ophelia’

(click to expand) 1898



angels in flight - Ima-Naroditskaya-

Ima Naroditskaya


Intimate Encounter- WonLee 2006 32 inches height ISABELLA GARRUCHO FINE ART

‘Intimate Encounter’ – WonLee 2006 32 inches height





Jean-Mayodon baluster vase with naked figures

Twin handles baluster vase with nude figures – Jean Mayodon



Joe-Joseph---Lovers---lemon-opal carving

‘Lovers’ – Joe Joseph

Carved from lemon opal



jeremy-james-ceramics two white owls

Jeremy James ceramics  – Owl pair




Kim Mosley; Stone, Sculpture 'Entangled Passion' - carved orange

Kim Mosley –  ‘Entangled Passion’



Fifties German vase - woman on the shore meeting a boatman

Meeting the Boatman – German vase 50’s



Limoges ceramic figurine of a romatic couple

Romantic couple figurine – Limoges




‘Sea Sprites’ – Louis Chalon (French 1866-1940)

circa 1895




‘Love changes everything’ vase – Jenny Orchard, AUS

earthenware with glazes and enamels, 47 x 34 x 38cm



love-playing-on-a-shamisen - seated Oriental couple - Larisa-Churkina

‘Love playing on a shamisen’ – Larisa Churkina




Craquelure vase with female mandolinist motif - Rene Bathaud

Rene Buthaud female mandolinist vase


 The Kiss, Lyuben Pashkulski

The Kiss –  Lyuben Pashkulski




Cappy Thompson-painted-glass - sitting couple

Cappy Thompson painted glass panel




Wood Carving Lovers-in-a-Pavillion,-17th-century-TamilNadu

‘Lovers in a Pavillion’, 17th century Tamil Nadu




Love frolic clock



Sevres vase - man departing on a horse

‘Goodbye’ – Sevres vase



Meissen Pantalone and Columbine-1740 Photo Maggie Nimkin Modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler,

Meissen figurine ‘Pantalone and Columbine’ – Modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler


Photo Maggie Nimkin



 Haegar Pottery Statue 'Lovers',

Mid Century Modern Haegar Pottery Statue ‘Lovers’

20″ Tall




Nairi-Safaryan wood carving of a gilr playing the violin

Female violinist wood carving – Nairi Safaryan




One With the Universe by Martin Eichinger at Quent Cordair Fine Art The Finest in Romantic RealismOne With the Universe

‘One With the Universe’ by Martin Eichinger

Quent Cordair Fine Art





Outdoor sculpture by Auguste Ottin – ‘Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea’




Penny-Byrne sculpture

‘Love is a Battlefield’ – Penny Byrne, Australia




‘Pierrot and Columbine’ dancing figurine



René-Crevel Jazz Age roaring twenties vase

Potiche Roaring Twenties – René Crevel




Cupid and Psyche – 16th Sentury sculpture




‘Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss’ by Antonio Canova; group in marble . (1787)




Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry Rendezvous of lovers

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry  ‘Rendezvous of lovers’



René Buthaud (France 1886-1987) vase, gilded glazed earthenware, 1930.

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.




art Nouveau Zsolnay_lovers-eosin-luster-vase

Zsolnay Lovers eosin lustre vase




Shiva-&-Parvati wall carving

Shiva & Parvati




René-Buthaud gilded highl;ights vase

René Buthaud (France 1886-1987) vase, gilded glazed earthenware, 1930.

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.



Dancing Maenad and a Satyr Etruscan,

Dancing Maenad and a Satyr – Etruscan, Terracotta and pigment

500 – 475




Demetre Chiparus Russian Dancers




A pilgrim reunitses with his lover - Frank Bernard Dicksee - The End of the Quest

Frank Bernard Dicksee – ‘The End of the Quest’



Pauline-Wateau enraptured female sculpture

‘Enrapture'[‘  female sculpture – Pauline Wateau





Mid Century ‘Joined at the Hip’ modernist candlestick holders




large Burniing man Festival sculpture called The Embrace

‘The Embrace’ – The Pier Group

Burning Man  2014



Theodor-Lundborg-for-Royal-Copenhagen-Kissing Couple sculpture

Theodor Lundborg for Royal Copenhagen Monumental ‘Waves and Rock’ Porcelain Figural Sculpture

ca. 1897


From my youtube channel:















Archival photos from Life Magazine




Goblet with bacchanalia celebration relief of woman playing a drum

Bacchanalia celebration ceramic goblet



Journey of LIFE


Naturally my insatiable art curiosity was piqued when I noticed that the LIFE Magazine archives, pre. 1972, had been made available for viewing.  LIFE was a pioneer in publishing photographs of the documentary style and their collection is extensive. Life’s entire library consists of roughly 10 million photos, and was one of the premier platforms for photojournalists in the 20th century. Google began creating the online photo archive for Life magazine in 2008 and it had slowly gathered momentum. All of the photos of this era were taken with film cameras, most are monochrome and some of the images have been scanned directly off the proof sheet and have never been previously published.
The combination of art with good quality photography is always appealing and even though LIFE only occasionally did art pictorials, there was a trove of beautiful images in the vault. I came across some Picasso pieces I had never seen before and some interesting Roma Bacchanalia reliefs and pottery. There were also fascinating images from the 1939 World Fair and classic African tribal art and Peruvian artifacts. Photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gjon Mili, Margaret Bourke-White, Andreas Feininger, Gordon Parks and Dimitri Kessel are some of the wonderful LIFE photographers that I’ve presented here.
Online curation is not dissimilar to collecting in the real world where exploring archives and searching through a thrift shop has an aligned objective, to discover an object to admire, appreciate and prepare for presentation, whether it be restoration or editing. This foray into the LIFE archives definitely delivered.


Search tip – Add “source:life” to any Google image search and this will take you to only the LIFE photo archive. For example: 1957 source:life



Drummer Gene Kruper playing , photo by Gjon Mili

Gene Krupa , photo Gjon Mili



Jean Arp smoothing a abstract sculpture, photo Gjon Mili

Jean Arp polisihing a sculpture in his garden in Paris



Ringling Brothers acrobat – photo by Nina Leen




The Spy In Black movie poster in Ismalia in Egypt and a man with a dinkey and cart - photo - Margaret-Bourke-White

‘The Spy In Black’ movie poster in Ismalia, Egypt and a man with a donkey and cart –

 Margaret Bourke-White



Henri Cartier-Bresson photo at a museum, in Naples LIFE

‘Museum’ – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Naples



Fashion model Donyale Luna wearing long leather boots on the runway in Sydney

Fashion model Donyale Luna on the runway in Sydney




Cynthia-the-mannequin 1937 by Alfred-Eisenstaedt-

Cynthia the mannequin

Photo Alfred Eisenstaedt



Aiye-African-song and dance-1950-Gjon-Mili

Aiye African dancer – Photo Gjon Mili



Aiye African dancer and drummers – Photo Gjon Mili




Alfred-Eisenstaed photo-of-fountain-sculpture 1939 World Fair

‘Jonas and the Whale’ – Carl Miles

 1939 World Fair

Photo –  Alfred Eisenstaed


henry-moore-with his sculpture - photo by Gjon Mili

Henry Moore – photo Gjon Mili



Pier-Angeli on a busy movie set photo by Allan Grant - 1954

Pier Angeli on a movie set

photo by Allan Grant – 1954



fountain wth a white sculpture of a naked woman on a horse - 1939 World Fair

Carl Miles?  1939 World Fair

Photo –  Alfred Eisenstaed


An ancient sculpture from the collection of primitive art at Pennsylvania University Museum. – Eliot Elisofon



billboard-depicting-actress-Marlene-Dietrich in NY Photo by Andreas Feininger

Billboard depicting actress Marlene Dietrich in NY

Photo Andreas Feininger, 1944




‘Models of the sculpture Night’ by artist Paul Manship, created for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair.
Margaret Bourke-White





Andreas Feininger, LIFE

‘A technically perfect photo can be the most boring image in the whole world’ – Andreas Feininger



Andreas-Feininger-1954-Peruvian-Art-At-Museum-Of-Modern-Art Metal face madk

Peruvian face mask – Andreas Feininger 1954

Museum Of Modern Art, NY



Primitive African sculpture- photo by Andreas Feininger

Pennsylvania. University Museum.



Carved staue-primitive-African-sculptures-at-Penn.-Univ.-Museum

Primitive African sculpture- photo by Andreas Feininger

Pennsylvania. Univ. Museum.



Art Objects By Paul Feeley 1951 Photographer Bob Gomel

Art Objects By Paul Feeley Photographer Bob Gomel




Nude Descending by Gjon Mili, a photographic rendering of Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2

‘Nude Descending’ by Gjon Mili, a photographic rendering of Marcel Duchamp’s cubist painting – Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2




The Bacchanalia were Roman festivals of Bacchus, based on various ecstatic elements of the Greek Dionysia




Goddess Ioniun who reared Dionysus, under a grape vine

Goddess Ioniun and young Dionysus, , god of wine. rock-cut image is still (Azov 1948) shown near the ancient pinnacle town of Tantalus




alfred-eisenstaedt-photo sculpture-by-joseph-reiner-

Art Deco sculpture by Joseph Reiner – photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

1939 World Fair NY



“American Girl in Italy” – front of Caffè Gilli, Florence, Italy by Ruth Orkin



“American Girl in Italy” – Model Jinx Allen – ‘Staring at Statue’ by Ruth Orkin

In 1951, Life sent her on assignment to Israel. From where she went to Italy, and it was in Florence that she met Jinx Allen (now known as Ninalee Craig), a painter and fellow American.



Photo-by-Gordon-Parks Harlem 1943

A Woman and her Dogs in Harlem – Gordon Parks



Venice-Biennale-Art-1949-Dmitri-Kessel a large mural of a rearing white stallion

XXV Venice Biennale  – Dimitri Kessel



Jean Patchett in art gallery photo by Nina Leen, 1949.

Jean Patchett photo by Nina Leen




XXV Venice Biennale  – photo Dimitri Kessel



XXV Venice Biennale exhibition – photo Dimitri Kessel



XXV Venice Biennale, 1950




Carved African tribal figurine—photo by Eliot Elisofon





Carving of African tribal king—Eliot Elisofon





‘Centaur’ Bronze sculpture by Pablo Picasso

 Photo Gjon Mili, 1948.


Aiye African percussionists - Photo Gjon Mili

Aiye African percussionists – Photo Gjon Mili





Cul Asia Mespot Sumerian Statue of seated man with stone carved script

Gudea, Prince of Lagash, statue dedicated to Ningizzada, Neo-Sumerian, from Telloh, ancient Girsu, c.2130 BC




Minoan pottery with twin handles

Minoan pot with unusual motif





Priest sculptor – photo Alfred Eisenstaedt




Dionysus-Satyr-Naples ceramic vessel

Dionysus and Satyr ceramic vessel, Naples



Dmitri-Kessel photo of outdoor gardens and statues

Photo by Dmitri-Kessel




Pablo Picasso Photo by Gjon Mili



Egyptian street cafe 1940's

Guests on the terrace of Shepheard’s Hotel, Cairo, circa 1940. Photo by Hulton



Fashion model Donyale Luna arching back while modeling backless see-through crocheted floor-length dress

Fashion model Donyale Luna arching back while modeling backless see-through crocheted floor-length dress.

1967, Sydney, Australia

 She is remembered for portraying the witch Oenothea in the 1969  film Fellini Satyricon and being the world’s first black supermodel, and the first to grace a Vogue cover in the mid 60’s



Sculpture Figure, 1935. Picasso Gjon Mili MOMA NY

Figure,  Picasso Photo by Gjon Mili

1935, MOMA NY



Figure of woman holding round object & vase, undated. Bronze sculpture by Pablo Picasso. Gjon Mili 1967

Bronze sculpture – Figure of woman holding round object & vase  by Pablo Picasso. photo Gjon Mili




George-Rodger-naked Sudanese-watering-crops-with-pots

Sudanese watering crops with spherical clay pots – photo George Rodger




Head of a Woman by Picasso - photo by Gjon Mili 1967 Mougins France

‘Head of a Woman’ by Picasso – photo by Gjon Mili

1967 Mougins, France




Henri Matisse sculpting nude female figure while sitting in bed in his apartment -Photographer-Dmitri Kessel

Henri Matisse sculpting nude female figure while sitting in bed in his apartment – Photographer-Dmitri Kessel

Nice, France 1951



Jacques Tati in New York by Joel Yale for LIFE, 1958

Jacques Tati in New York by Joel Yale for LIFE, 1958




Creating James Dean heads in Hollywood photo by Allan Grant

Creating James Dean heads in Hollywood – photo by Allan Grant




Jazz-trumpeter-Louis-Armstrong with a group of woman panting - photo Gordon Parks

Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong posing for art students – photo Gordon Parks




Louvre-Museum-1953-Paris- Dmitri Kessel Curators moving a Greek statue

Curators moving a Greek statue – – Dmitri Kessel

Louvre Museum 1953, Paris



Louvre Museum , Paris by Dmitri Kessel




Mary-Callery,-Sculpture of two abstract figures----Gordon-Parks-1952

Mary Callery, Sculptor —- Gordon Parks



Faces-of-Egypt,-life-magazine,-circa-1940's An Egyptian man standing under a large arch

Egyptian arch, 1940



Nina-Leen,photograph of model -Jean-Patchett,-Life,-1949

Nina Leen photograph of model  Jean Patchett for LIFE




Boardroom Photo by Nina Leen for Life Magazine, 1956.

Nina Leen for Life Magazine, 1956.




Pablo Picasso-light-painting-at-Vallauris

Pablo Picasso light painting at Vallauris – Photo Gjon Mili




Pair of dancing figures, metal cutouts, folded & painted, by Pablo Picasso. Gjon Mili 1967

Pair of dancing figures, metal cutouts, folded & painted, by Pablo Picasso. Photo Gjon Mili




Yellow lazy boy convergence photo - Joao.Almeida.d.Eca

Yellow Lazy Boy convergence – photo – Joao Almeida d-Eca

Palm Springs, 1956




Paul Delvaux, ‘A Siren in Full Moonlight’ oil painting–Dmitri Kessel

XXV Venice Biennale, 1950




Peruvian Art At Museum Of Modern Art

Peruvian artifact – Andreas Feininger 1954




Chicago outdoor drive in theater Francis-Miller-1951

Chicago outdoor drive in theater – Francis Miller




Remugen Bridge Okinawa Casino & Anzio Battlefield Taejon Battle Ground

Photo Walter Sanders And Joe Scherschel And N R Farbman




Sam-Zemurray photo by Eliot Elisofon

Sam Zemurray photo by Eliot Elisofon




Reclining Sculpture-By-Dina-Melicov

Sculpture By Dina Melicov




Sculpture-By-Picasso -- Little-Girl-Skipping-Rope Gjon Mili photo

Sculpture By Picasso ‘Little Girl Skipping Rope’ – Photo  Gjon Mili




‘I am Cuba’     Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov and using Infra Red film stock




Starlets Jean Colleran, Peggy Lloyd & Betty Jane Hess imitating a statue at home of publisher William Randolph Hearst Sr.

1943 Photo by John Florea



Starving old blind Indian beggar with stooped old woman standing next to empty grain pots, during famine caused by a 2-yr. droughtin Mysore

Margaret Bourke-White 1946



The-Westinghouse-Exhibit with Elektro the robot

The-Westinghouse Exhibit with Elektro the robot. 1939 World Fair

Photo –  Alfred Eisenstaed



US gymnast Muriel Davis practicing at the National Gymnastic Clinic. Stan Wayman

US gymnast Muriel Davis practicing at the National Gymnastic Clinic. Photo Stan Wayman




Villa-Albani-wall-relief, Roma

Villa Albani wall relief, Roma




Venice Gondola & US DUKW amphibious trucks on the canal in Venice

Venice Gondolas & US DUKW amphibious trucks cruising the canals, WW2



Zulu chief drinking deeply from the beer gourd called 'inKezo

Zulu chief drinking from a beer gourd which is called ‘inKezo’



Life photo archive hosted by Google

Sculptural teapot tempests



ceramic-teapot-in-browns by Suze Lindsay

Suze Lindsay




Tempest in a teapot


Storm in a teacup, tempest in a teapot, exaggerated sculptural teapot forms brewing up intriguing shapes that seem to transcend any wholistic coherence. Most of us were exposed to the quirkiness of teapots at a young age when we were treated to renditions of “I’m A Little Teapot” at kindergarten. Maybe this  partially explains how a certain childlike freedom of expression seems to manifest when potters cross paths with teapots. As most are hand built and asymmetrical, there is possibly a release being experienced from the symmetrical constraints of wheel thrown forms. There certainly seems to be an enthusiastic amount of form manipulation, shape shifting and stretching of teapot boundaries occurring.
In Design Theory, form follows function, but the new paradigm of teapot construction is function might possibly follow exaggerated form and if it doesn’t, then you always have a teabag to fall back on. There are plenty of these tea brewing masterpieces that manage to be utilitarian but others are purely decorative. Teapots apparently bring luck, as tradition has it in Russia for giving a bridesmaid a teapot – as a gesture of better luck next time.


Michael Lucero ceramic teapot on stand

Michael Lucero

Some of the following teapots look like they are eagerly waiting to be part of a tea break conversation and quite capable of participating in an animated discussion. Being a 4-5 cup a day tea connoisseur myself, my teapot gets more than enough attention, but they do appear to suffer from a ‘look at me’ complex, relative to the other table wares. Being a favorite British preoccupation, I always associated their ritualistic tea habit with being a slightly eccentric pastime, this being reinforced by outlandish spectacles like Lewis Caroll’s Mad Hatter tea party. Not to mention the teapot’s Seer like attributes for being a source of tea leaves for predicting the future. The appearance of most of this collection of teapots here tends to support this notion. In times of chaos there is nothing more reassuring then an orderly cup of tea from a teapot of whimsy.  As they say, “this morning’s tea makes yesterday distant”


Tea here now – one pot, infinite flavors

Some ancient sayings reinforcing teas reputation for quirkiness and wisdom:


The sounds of the tea being made invites the peach blossoms to peep in through the window. ~Uson, quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Saijiki


Having picked some tea, he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world….
~Chiao Jen


If you have one teapot
And can brew your tea in it
That will do quite well.
How much does he lack himself
Who needs to have more things?
~Sen no Rikyū



Afternoon teap ritual

Afternoon tea




Glass French-Teapot with a gold filigree surround

Glass French teapot – 1840




The teapot song a man in a tuxedo holding illustrated teapots

This cheeky song was penned in 1939 by George Harry Sanders and Clarence Kelley with the intention of creating a tune that would support tap dancing at Kelley’s dance school. The staccato rhythm of “I’m a little teapot, short and stout” was ideal for the young toe tappers.




Gail-Mackiewic creative ceramic teapots

Gail Mackiewic



A girl with a tiny play teaset

Coralie Beatrix dress




‘Dragonfly Teapot’ – Barbara Chadwick



Penguin ring teapot

Ray Bub – ‘King Penguins Upright Ring Teapot’




Egyptian revival teapot - Royal-Manufacture-of-Naples

Egyptian Revival teapot—1785.-Royal Manufacture of Naples

Florence Porcelain Museum



sea liner teapot

Ceramic sea liner teapot



Marlene Bowman elegant ceramic teapot

Marlene Bowman



Adrian-Sandstrom quaint ceramic teapot

Adrian Sandstrom



Adrian-Saxe gold swirl teapot with rock base

Golden glaze teapot with rock base – Adrian Saxe




Michael-Lucero,-Conquistador mas with a red teapot head

Michael Lucero,   ‘Conquistador’




Amy-Sanders-orange and brown deep textured teapot

Amy Sanders

Mud Fire Gallery



Chameleon pourer – Ardmore Ceramics




Long Neck Teapot – Carol Wedemeyer


The Art of Carol Wedemeyer

© 2017 The Art of Carol Wedemeyer All Rights Reserved.

Carol Wedemeyer constructing a ceramic teapot

Carol Wedemeyer



alexander-miroshnychenko ceramic teapot in turquoise and brown

Alexander Miroshnychenko



Leopard in a leopard skin boot teapot

‘Fit to a Tea’ is a teapot in the form of a leopard in a patterned boot – Meryl Ruth




Geoffrey-Swindell-teardrop teapot

Geoffrey Swindell




Joanne-Russo teapot with geometric pattern in relief texture

Joanne Russo



 Judy and Larry Cunningham of California handcrafted gourd teapot with glass handle

Gourd teapot with glass handle   Judy and Larry Cunningham





rebeccalowery-on-Etsy green teapot

rebeccalowery on Etsy



John-Kellum ceramic teapot

John Kellum


Josie-Jurczenia red ceramic teapot with white underglaze sgaffito

Josie Jurczenia red teapot with white underglaze and scratching



Jake-Johnson-Teapot - pastel turquoise matt green

Jake Johnson – 2010




Kurt-Weiser-Adam-and-Eve and large bird teapot

Kurt Weiser  –  ‘Adam and Eve’ 




Panda eating bamboo teapot

Giant Panda munching bamboo teapot



Jane-Shellenbarger oriental style teapot

Jane Shellenbarger orental style tea/coffee pot




Judy-Weeden black and white geometric sgraffito teapot

Judy Weeden, Canada – ‘Memimage’ teapot




Karen Portaleo – lady holding child and pig teapot




Charming octopus wood teapot

Hand carved bass wood and acrylic paint. Kamm Foundation



-Lydia-Buzio ceramic teapot

‘Roofscape Teapot’ – Lydia Buzio




Lana-Wilson blue with purple highlights teapot

Lana Wilson



Liz-Quackenbush teapot with blue spirals on white

Liz Quackenbush




Red Weldon Sandlin teapot with female figure lid

Red Weldon Sandlin




Tokumaru-Kyoko-white teapot

Tokumaru Kyoko




Meryl-Ruth..queen of hearts teapot

Meryl Ruth –  ‘The Queens Tea Yara’

photo Robert Diamonte


1785 teapot

Creamware taeapot – 1785



Gourd teapot with white rabbit motif on black and orange

Gourd teapot with glass handle –   Judy and Larry Cunningham



Michael-Lucero Head-with-Two-Curls-Teapot,

Michael Lucero – ‘Head with Two Curls Teapot’




Nicholas Joerling



Noel-Bailey white gourd like teaspot

Noel  Bailey





Noi Volkov – Dali Don Quixote teapot



Pamela-MacGregor orange and black detail teapot

‘Not A Rusty Bucket’ – Pamela MacGregor



julia-Galoway ceramic teapot - blue glaze with geometric detailed panels

Julia Galloway

Schaller Gallery



Ray-Bub ceramic tubular teapot

Ray Bub



Lomonosov porcelain teapot

Russian Lomonosov teapot



Richard-Notkin pyramid teapot

Richard Notkin




Vadim-Malkin-teapot-green and brown glaze

Vadim Malkin

In my work I attempt to investigate a transcendental facet of life, to find a soulful meaning to everyday living and combine it with style and whimsy. My work reflects growth, change, and adaptation. Stemming from an idealistic perspective of childhood memories, I have found a fondness for the ceremonial aspects of the tradition of tea. This nightly ritual brings families and friends together as they lounge, sip, and discuss the day’s events and adversities.





Sencha ewer or export teapot in the form of bamboo with painting of the three creeds Fengan with tiger, Confucius, and Laozi – 19th Century

© Los Angeles County Museum of Art




Steel-Plated-Teapot Scott Dooley

Steel Plated Teapot – porcelain sculpture by Scott Dooley





Helene Fielder Tea Pot Sculpture




Alice-DeLisle Tea Matron ceramic teapot

Alice DeLisle



German Meissen porcelain teapot

Meissan teapot in the shape of a peach, Germany 1725



Chandra-DeBuse lime green abstract pattern teapot

Chandra DeBuse




Tom Coleman

Tom and Elaine Coleman Gallery



Tom-Hubert-flamboyant teapot

Tom Hubert

Hubert Ceramics


Vorobiev teapot

Vorobiev teapot




Sgraffito female face motif teapot

 Fuller Craft Museum Image by Mryipyop, via flickr




Xenia-Mitrokhin-teapot with psychedelic decoration

Xenia Mitrokhin




Richard Godfrey polychrome futuristic ceramic teapot

Raygun atomic futuristic teapot – Richard Godfrey



Meissen-porcelain teapot with swimming fish and sea serpent

Meissen porcelain ocean theme teapot

circa 1729-31



David-Bennett wood carved teapot in a sea horse form

‘Tea Horse’David Bennett




Dwo-Wen-Chen whinsical teapot

Whimsical teapot with wizard hat lid – Dwo Wen Chen



Sausage dog teapot by Meryl Ruth

Sausage dog teapot – Meryl Ruth




The Art of ‘ism’s



Alfred barr cubism and abstract art timeline chart

Alfred Barr cubism and abstract art timeline chart (click to expand)


Early 20th century art movements


The timeline illustration above highlights a concentration of art movements and genres occurring over a few decades around the turn of the 20th century.  This chart was created by Alfred Barr, the first director from the Museum of Modern Art, NY for the 1936 exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art. Africanism, Orientalism and Aestheticism also fits into this period.
Artists during this remarkable era had an uncanny ability to conceive original designs and conceptualize movements that possessed radical innovations relative to the more staid and ornate excesses that had preceded them. Many of the artists encompassed numerous art mediums to define their styles and had a grandiose flair for expressing their art through various campaigns that included fashion, theater, advertising, interior decor and bold public promotion. From the outset they exuded a passionate belief in their artistic cause and an avid desire to share it. Manifestos, charters and collectives were formed to reinforce their beliefs.
The Italian futurists used public meetings to challenge and cajole fellow artists to abandon their attachment to classical styles and embrace new technology and avant-garde trends like cubism. The Russian constructivists shunned the easel arts as too bourgeois and promoted their movement with confrontational posters and radical set designs and costume in their theater and movies. The fauvists and the likes of Sonia Delaunay with her Orphism movement also adopted mediums that included ceramics, fashion, textile manufacturing and theater to define their style to great effect. The fauvists ignored ridicule from the critics and pushed forward with their agenda of vivid colours and lively brushstrokes.
As much as I would love to explore all the different genres for this post , I’m mainly concentrating on the ones that had a wide spread of mediums representing their unique styles.



‘The Muses’ – Maurice Denise

While attending the Academie Julian, Maurice Denise met fellow painters Pierre Bonnard and Paul Serusier. They, along with others like Paul Gaugin, established the avant-garde Nabi art form in 1890. Nabi in Hebrew means Prophet. These gentlemen found this to be the perfect description to what they knew would be the beginnings of a new expression. Though the men parted ways by 1900, the Nabi art form would remain and even influence future artists, which include the likes of Henri Matisse. Besides being a pioneer of the Les Nabi’s movement, his view of life helped lead to other art forms such as Abstract, Fauvism, and Cubism. He was also a member of the Symbolist Movement and Denis was among the first artists to insist on the flatness of the picture plane—one of the great starting points for modernism, as practiced in the visual arts. In 1898, he produced a theory of creation that found the source for art in the character of the painter: “That which creates a work of art is the power and the will of the artist.” Denis said that he was against academic art because it sacrificed emotion to convention and artifice, and was against realism because it was prose and he wanted music Above all he wanted beauty, which was an attribute of divinity.[7]




The seeds of Aestheticism had begun in the 1860’s when a group of artists which included William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti decided to reform the design standards of the age and shed the pompous opulence. They seeked a new expression of beauty to counteract the materialism and uninspiring art of the Victorian era. Aesthetic painters such as Whistler, Leighton, Watts, Albert Moore and Burne-Jones focused more on a pure beauty with enhanced mood, form and exquisite colour harmonies. This influenced the decorative arts and promoted a wider interest and market for the decoration of houses, with more integrated themes in interior design attracting attention.
The increasing popularity of Aesthetic taste included furniture design, ceramics, domestic metalwork and textiles with artists such as Walter Crane, Aubrey Beardsley and Christopher Dresser gaining prominence. Exotic Eastern influences, reflecting opening trade, included Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences and characterised the eclectic styles of the Aesthetic movement dedicated to heightened beauty. Art pieces were created simply for their inherent beauty and didn’t need to be justified with any functional need or message.

This “cult of beauty” led to the creation of ‘artistic’ furniture and more sophisticated decoration. During this era, artists’ houses and their extravagant lifestyles became the object of public fascination and provoked an upheaval in the architecture and interior decoration of houses to satisfy the desire for beauty in everyday life.



Theodore Deck, France




edward-lycett-vase-1886-90 footed vase with peacock motif and lion head handles

Peacock vase – Edward Lycett




Royal Worcester moon vase by Christopher Dresser



De-Morgan twin handled ceramic vessel

Large baluster vase – De Morgan





Worcester ‘Aesthetic Movement’ Monumental Vase and Feathers decoration




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Two birds earthenware harger – John Bennett





Art Nouveau cyclamen vase – Oputa Millet

( France ) 1875 circa




The Cubists challenged conventional forms of artistic representation, such as perspective, which had been the rule since the Renaissance. Pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques at the beginning of the 20th century, it was a radical style that revolutionized modern art and introduced a new approach in perception that matched the rapidly emerging modern age. The abstract styles of Paul Cezanne and Africanist sculptures were also an initial influence.



Carlo-Carra cubist abstract of a women on a balcony

‘Woman on the Balcony’ – Carlo Carra






Alexander Archipenko ‘Medrano II’





archipenko-nature-morte cubist sculpture

Alexander Archipenko – ‘Nature Morte’ 




Antoine Pevsner –  ‘Torso’-  Plastic and copper

1924-26, France




‘Woman with Mandolin’  – Picasso




Art Deco style plate in cubist decoration Schaffhauser Keramik 1950's by Kaiser

Art Deco style plate with cubist decoration – Schaffhauser Keramik  by Kaiser





Alexander Acarchipenko – ‘Two Women’





‘Day and Night’ – Salvador Dali

Art Bronze, Inc, California




cubist-nude female -panel-strong-harris

Cubist nude female wall panel – Harris Strong




Constructivism  &  Suprematism


Constructivism originated in Russia at the beginning of 1919, and had an ongoing influence on art movements of the 20th century. A central figure in Russian Constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko, rejected the established artistic conventions of self-expression and aesthetics, dedicating himself with revolutionary fervour to bringing art to the masses. His wife Varvara Stepanova was also a major constructivist artist and designer in her own right who took to fashion to create simple and functional, yet aesthetically pleasing quotidian objects for the general public.

Driven by the ideal of new design, the Constructivists created cubist/abstract paintings, concerned with the placement and movement of objects in space and emphasizing dynamic diagonal compositions, favouring the colours of red and black for their radical art. Their prime objective was to bring “Art into Life” with the goal “to unite purely artistic forms with utilitarian intentions.”




Soviet constructivist poster

“The Machine tool depots of the factories and plants await you. Let’s get industry moving.”




vadim-meller-constructivist costume-designs

Vadim Mellor costume design





Russian fashion photographers Andrey Yakovlev and Lili Aleeva constructivist inspired fashion shoot





 Silhouette of Factory Chimneys plate, Nina Zander




alexandra-exter-french-born-russia costume-design-for-a-female-character-in-la-dama-duende-phantom-ladythe-mcnay

Alexandra Exter – costume design for female character in La Dama Duende phantom lady

The Mcnay



russian-constructivist teapot-clock

Suprematism clock teapot

Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg




Kazimir Malevich Suprematist tea set – painted by Nikolai Suetin




Alexandra-Exter costume design for Salome

Alexandra Exter costume design for Oscar Wilde’s Salome




russkii_avangard teaset with suprematist design

Russki teaset



Alexandra Exter or Aleksandra Ekster, costume design. Her work, at first, were influenced by the geometric style of Cezanne , then by the cubism .

1924. Collection Lobanov-Rostovsky.




Nikolai Suetin painted tea service





Alexander Rodchenko Costume Design for We

A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum



Aelita constructivist set design

Aelita constructivist set design, 1924




Alexander-Belcova.- ceramic plate

Alexander Belcova





Constructivist outfit – Varvara Stepanova



stepanova dancing-figures-on-a-white-background

 ‘Dancing Figures on a White Background’ – Varvara Stepanova






The 1910 “Manifesto of the Futurist Painters”, was created by—Gino Severini, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Umberto Boccioni and Luigi Russolo after they had aligned with original futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Not renown for mincing their words it stated –

We are tired of the laziness of artists, who, ever since the sixteenth century, have endlessly exploited the glories of the ancient Romans. In the land where traditional aesthetics reigned supreme, new flights of artistic inspiration will emerge and dazzle the world with their brilliance.
We will fight with all our might the fanatical, senseless and snobbish religion of the past, a religion encouraged by the vicious existence of museums. We rebel against that spineless worshiping of old canvases, old statues and old bric-a-brac, against everything which is filthy and worm-ridden and corroded by time. We consider the habitual contempt for everything which is young, new and burning with life to be unjust and even criminal….

Their reactionary position was born out of a desire to pursue their art without restriction and unjust criticism and was probably needed to embrace the innovations of the new century and break the artistic stupor from the past. It’s hard to gauge how much influence the futurist cause had on the postwar explosion of modernist art in Italy, but I feel their input was influential.



tea-set-by-nicola-diulgheroff Italy

Futurist tea service – Nicola Diulgheroff




Ceramic plate – Roman Suta




Giuseppe Mazzotti, Italy




Sigismunds Vidbergs, plate «Aviation», 1926

Riga’s Porcelain Art. 1925–1940 – Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga



Giulio-D'Anna futurist painting

‘Senza Titola’  – Giulio D’Anna





Nicola Diulgheroff  – ‘La Madre’  (The Mother)


Modern and Contemporary Art   Cambi Auction House





Tullio Crali –  ‘Airplanes on the metropolis’


Harmonic Inspirations


Mark Kostabi, Back to the Futurist, 1991 Futurismic art

‘Back to the Futurist’ – Mark Kostabi





Cubo futurism – ‘Globe’ –   Krotkov Vassily






Bauhaus modernism


The Bauhaus school in Germany was the first institution in Europe dedicated to realizing the achievements of the new arts for the purposes of human existence. It promoted radically simplified forms using rationality and functionality, and the idea that mass-production was reconcilable with the individual artistic spirit. It was conceived with the aim to create a “total” work of art where all arts including architecture, crafts and fine arts were merged. The Bauhaus style went on to become one of the most influential currents in Modernist design and Architecture.

The architect Walter Gropius, founder and director of the Bauhaus, was among the pioneers in the fight against entrenched historical forms. “Today’s scientific and technological advances will not become assimilated into general culture as long as humankind still lives under medieval conditions. The machine is still a foreign object in the houses of today; the documents of technological culture are still relegated to books atop fancy carved desks, radio music by the fireplace. The age demands a style, a common denominator for its visible phenomena.”  It was in operation from 1919 to 1933.




Walter Gropius modernist chair



Bauhaus das-Triadische-Ballet

Oskar Schlemmer Bauhaus das Triadische Ballet, 1922

The Triadic Ballet was a widely performed avant-garde artistic dance and while Schlemmer was at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1929, the ballet toured, helping to spread the ethos of the Bauhaus.





Bauhaus Schlemmer ballet figures




Oskar Schlemmer, Spiral costume





Wassily Kandinsky inspired costume – Julie Lavefve-ss-2012




Oskar Schlemmer–Triadic Ballet





The early innovators of the Fauvist movement were Henri Matisse and André Derain, whose works emphasized painterly, spontaneous brush strokes and strident colors, while their subject matter had a high degree of simplification and abstraction. Fertile, bold colors were favoured over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. Fauvism was not a formal movement with a manifesto of rules and regulations but instead involved the instinctive coming together of artists who wished to express themselves freely with simplified drawing and expressive brushwork. Symbolist artist Gustave Moreau’s broad-mindedness, originality and affirmation of the expressive potency of pure color was inspirational for his students who included Henri Matisse who claimed, “He did not set us on the right roads, but off the roads. He disturbed our complacency.”
After viewing the boldly colored canvases of Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Kees van Dongen, Charles Camoin, and Jean Puy at the Salon d’Automne of 1905, the critic Louis Vauxcelles disparaged the painters as “fauves” (wild beasts), which was the source of the movement name. The pictures gained considerable condemnation in the press—”A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public” wrote the critic Camille Mauclair. The fauvists weren’t deterred by the condemnation and continued with their mission.
Another aesthetic influence for the early Fauvists was African sculpture, of which Vlaminck, Derain and Matisse were early collectors. The ceramic artist André Metthey was one of the first at this time to create pottery with fauvist imagery.





‘The Moment Of Truth’ – Paul Gauguin





André-METTHEY-(1871-1921)-&Maurice-de-VLAMINCK Fauvist vase

André Metthey / Maurice de Vlaminck Fauves vase




André-Derain-1907 - fauves vase with naked female figure motif

André Derain, 1907



Maurice de Vlaminck fauves ceramic plate

Maurice de Vlaminck




derain-andre-lidded vessel ceramique

Andre Derrain – lidded vase with motif vegetal avec person





Andre Metthey vase

1907 – 1909, Paris




‘The Aloes in Bloom’, Cassis, Henri Charles Manguin (1874-1949), considered one of the founding fathers of Fauvism.



André-Derain-Danseuse baluster vase

André Derain – ‘Danseuse’





Portrait No.1 – Joan Miro




Joan Miro stoneware vase





Vase to baigneuses (bathers) by Raoul Dufy





Early 20th Century French Fauvist style vase, by possibly Edouard Cazaux




Woman with Flowered Hat– Kees Van Dogen



derain-andre baigneuses-dans-un-paysage christies new-york

Baigneuses dans un Paysage (Bathers in a Landscape) – Andre Derain




Fauvist Ceramic Exhibition

Shiodome Museum




Orphism or Orphic Cubism


Sonia Delaunay, who founded Orphism in 1911 with her husband Robert Delaunay, made costumes for ballet, theater, book illustrations, mosaics, stained glass, ceramics and textile design. The pair also devised another style known as simultaneism, which occurs when one design or element, when placed next to another, affects both pieces. Robert Delaunay’s background as a Fauvist artist was an obvious influence on their Orphism, which was characterized by the use of bright colors and geometric shapes.



sonia-delaunay-colors-abstraction-live-demais designed by lla Malomane

lla Malomane, one of Sonia Delaunay’s descendants, relaunched Sonia Delaunay’s fashion designs

Spring/Summer, 2014,



sonia-delaunay-limoges designed square ceramic bottle

Sonia Delaunay design for Limoges



delaunay and futurist style meets designer Salvatore Ferragamo

Designed by Salvatore Ferragamo, Italy





Robert Delaunay –  ‘Rythme N1′ – oil on canvas

In Homage to Bleriot, the artist celebrated the new dynamism of the new industrial age by painting vibrating discs of color that simulate plane propellers in motion.




‘Boule Colonials (French-Line)’ –  Stephane Gisclade





90 Days One Dream’ by Kristian Schuller




De Stijl, Mondrian-ism


Mondrian cylindrical vase

Mondrian vase


christipher_kane mondrian style dress

Christopher Kane design




West German Mid Century vase  “Bay Keramik” design Bodo Mans, decor ”Reims”.







Romans Suta



Moderne – ism




Carlton ware moderne trio







Doris-Vlasek-Hails,-Solitaire-surrealist-vase of a man playing cards

Doris Vlasek Hails, ‘Solitaire’


Woman,-Old-Man,-and-Flower-by-Max-Ernst painting Surreal

Woman, Old Man, and Flower by Max Ernst



‘Moonmad’ – Max Ernst




French Lucien Lelong, 1935




Pottery Arts Feed – innovative simplicity



navajo-Native-American-women displaying their pottery

Navajo Native American Indian pottery wares




Loading the kiln with large garden pots on a trolly - Cretan-Terracotta Pottery

A busy morning on the wheel – Cretan Terracotta Pottery



Pottery simplicity manifested


The basic pottery form, created on a spinning wheel, is a statement of simplicity. The imminent curved lines, that take shape by the manipulation of a clay mass in motion, reacting to a centrifugal force, creates a graceful and balanced dynamic. The union of a malleable substance with a primary force of nature, being transmuted to a solid form with fire, is one of the purest primordial combinations, manifesting a subtle reassurance of the elements. Maybe that’s why simple pottery objects hold such an eternal appeal. Variations of the wheel thrown forms serve as a constant reminder of the survival and sustenance of mankind and the endurance and consistency of this ancient art.
Leonardo da Vinci claimed that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Christian Dior also recognized its value through the refinement of his designs and realizing that simplicity is from where true elegance must come. Computer science pioneer Edsger Wybe Dijkstra claimed ‘“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” The challenge is to maximize the style while keeping superfluous detail to a minimum. The Mingei potters of Japan were mindful of mastering an aesthetic of simplicity, utility and timeless beauty. This refined ideal is still evident today and has had a pervasive influence globally on many contemporary ceramics.
A potter generally begins with a form of simple elegance, which I believe contributes to the unfolding of its design, then adds more detail if needed, whether it be further glazing, hand painting, carving or incision. Furthermore, instinct, restraint and choice of materials all contribute to the captivating permutations that are possible.. The pottery pieces here all highlight the depth and breadth of design and innovative simplicity in the ongoing evolution of the clay arts.



tonala-mexican-folk-art legged bowl

Tonala Mexican folk art tri-legged bowl




Martin-Puryear simple abstract sculpture

‘Verge’ – Martin Puryear




Jacques  Innocenti ceramic pichet, Vallauris

Gallerie Riveria



Accolay ceramic planter with mid century face motif

Accolay tri legged ceramic planter, France



adero--willard_jar orange and brown-yellow floral

Adero Willard lidded jar



Jess Carter ceramic cups

Jess Carter



Akira-Satake footed sake cup

Akira Satake sake cup




pottery speckled vase Bob Deane

Bob Deane – spiral ribbed vase




Andre-Metthey ceramic vase with foliate bands

Andre Metthey




Alan-Foxley abstract sculptural vase

Alan Foxley




Boleslaw-Danikowski,-red Ceramic-Table-Lamp

Boleslaw Danikowski,  Red ceramic table lamp




Kay Stratford green ceramic shell vase

Ceramic Shell 1 vase – Kay Stratford



stone pool textured vase 1 by Anne Goldman

‘Stone Pool’  by Anne Goldman




Brenda-Holzke-porcelian flared cup

Flared porcelain  cup — Brenda Holzke



Caroline-Chevalier orange lidded jar

Caroline Chevalier



Penelope-Withers ribbed asymmetrical bottles

Penelope Withers ribbed asymmetrical ceramic bottles



Chantal-Césure--blue on white lidded jar

Chantal Césure – blue on white lidded jar



Baluster jar with flared rim by Chris Luther

Baluster vase – Chris Luther

Seagrove Potters of Historic Busbee Rd




Claude Conover-Tall-ceramic-bottle vessel,

”Toltec”  –  Claude Conover tall Mid Century ceramic vessel



Latex resist design bowl by Clyde Burt

Clyde Burt ceramic bowl with latex resist design




Morino-Taimei-rust-red glaze vase oval shape with flat sides

Morino Taimei, Japan



David Frith tall vase

Large bottle vase – David Frith, UK

13 inches height



Diny Timmers ceramic sculptural portal vessel

Diny Timmers ceramic sculptural vessel



Classic still life presented with ceramics by George Segal

‘Classic Still Life’ – George Segal


Museum of Arts and Design, NY



Eileen-Goldenberg Ceramic-Sgraffito vase with white figure on black

Eileen Goldenberg Ceramic Sgraffito vase, tumbler

San Francisco



Emile Jacques Ruhlmann elegant art deco vase with pink floral design

Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Art Deco  vase



Eric Astoul -ceramic sculptural form

Eric Astoul



Ernst-Wahliss,-Wien-&-Turn-Teplitz ceramic dancer

Ernst Wahliss, Wien & Turn Teplitz ceramic dancer figurine





‘Exposition 3’ sculpture by Nicholas Lees



Navajo pottery vase with figure motif

Santo Domingo Pueblo Pottery Vase  Ken and Irene White



FISCHER-Michèle carved pottery vase

Michèle Fischer footed sgraffito vase




Jasmina-Ajzenkol ceramic sculptural vessel - turquoise and ochre glaze

Jasmina Ajzenkol




black and white sgraffito platter by stoneware-GravesCo---etsy

‘Ladies Toasting’  – Large Serving Platter—Handmade sgraffito carved ceramic



Henri-Laurens,-Tete-de-Femme sculpture female bust

Henri Laurens, – ‘Tete de Femme’Z sculpture




Isles-of-Scilly-Studio crab plate

Isles of Scilly Studio Pottery Crab Bowl Glazed Earthenware



jaque_barely set of wall plates with matching lamp base

 Barely Bowl Set – Jan Jacque -ceramic wall art



Jean-Mayadon-baluster-vase with green figures

Art Nouveau vase – Jean Mayodon




Remi Bonhert ceramic bottle vessel

Remi Bonhert





Glpb-vessel with white horses decoraion-Psolo-Stacciou

Globular luster glaze vessel with white horse motifs -Psolo Stacciou



Massive-Rhoda-Hepner-female torso Ceramic-Vessel

Massive female torso ceramic vessel – Rhoda Hepner



Stoppered ceramic bottle by Fantoni

Mid Century ceramic decanter with stopper – Marcello Fantoni




Koroit opal from queensland

Koroit Opal – Queensland




Paul Louis Mergier ovoid vase – copper, silver and brass




Homer Brown Wassi Art African Lady vase

 African Lady vase – Homer Brown Wassi Art




Pre-Columbian-Colima-Seated-Terracotta Figure

Pre Columbian Colima seated terracotta figure




Gareth-Mason-porcelain-abstract vase

‘Pressure Ridge’ – Gareth Mason



Richard-Zane-Smith---‘Edge-and-Flow’ vessel with dynamic line decorations

‘Edge and Flow’  – Richard Zane Smith




Spherical-vase with abstract geometric pattern with frosted and clear glass

Boris Lacroix,  Spherical Art Deco vase with frosted and clear glass in an abstract cubist pattern



Richard Zane Smith—Blue Rain Gallery—Santa Fe




Ceramic Seaman’s Bank for Savings

1940s McCoy




Sander Wassink and Olivier Van Herpt adaptive manufacture vessel

Sander Wassink and Olivier Van Herpt – textured vessel created with adaptive manufacturing




William-Marshall ceramics

William Marshall -glazed  ceramic bottle



The-Guitar-Henri-Laurens cubist sculpture- blue, white and brown

‘The Guitar’ – Henri Laurens




Sharon Stelter abstract ceramic Zebra sculpture

Sharon Stelter  ‘Zebra’ 



Joan Miro ceramic vase

Joan Miro

Kirsten-Holm charcoal ceramic vessel

Kirsten Holm



melanie-ferguson ceramic sculpture vessel

Melanie Ferguson


Shamai Sam Gibsh Sttoneware Terra Sigillata

Shamai Sam Gibsh  – ‘Bodyblaze #22’

Stoneware Terra Sigillata and lustres



Designed-Tripod-Vase----Charles-Smith - sgraffito decoration

Tripod, sgraffito vase – Charles Smith




ceramic vessel Gail Nichols

Gail Nichols





Pedestal bowl – Harrison McIntosh, California




Roger-Guerin tall elegant fotted baluster polychrome vase

‘Grand vase amphore’ – Roger Guerin



Hiroyuki Wakimoto Toubako



Jim-Malone-Pottery bottle vessel with white slip and red botanical decoration

Bottle Vase Hakeme – Jim Malone

Hakeme slip glaze with iron oxide brushed botanical pattern



Leora-Brecher white ceramic asymmetrical spiral sculpture

Leora Brecher asymmetrical spiral sculpture


Thomas Hoadley used the Japanese technique of nerikomi to create the delicate lines of color in this vessel.





Lustre glaze pedestal vases – Jean Mayodon





Huge Cantagalli Italian Faience Majolica Winged Figure handles vase



Emanuel Maldonado

 The Museum of International Ceramic Art – Grimmerhus in Middelfart, Denmark





Eric Knoche




Red front preggy vase - Amy Sanders

Red front preggy vase – Amy Sanders





Joan-Carrillo-lustre-flat bottle vessel

Joan Carrillo lustre flat bottle vessel

Carrillo uses a 9th Century Persian technique of applying extremely thin layers of metal oxides in three firing processes to create a metallic lustre finish.




Yuan Dynasty painted stucco female head

Yuan Dynasty painted stucco female head




Wood Fired series by Robert LaWarre

Wood Fired series by Robert LaWarre




Stephanie-Young---Art Nouveau style Forest-Series vase

Stephanie Young—Nouveau Art Nouveau style Forest Series vase




vase-art-deco-Bernardaud & Cie -limoges-

Art Deco vase – Bernardaud & Cie  for Limoges




Zenith by Willem Stuurman ox blood vase

‘Zenith’ by Willem Stuurman, Belgium




This post is a continuation of  ‘Daily Pottery Art Feed extended‘, with regular updates




Art Deco in the movies



actress Ann Sothern with circus acrobat on horde statue

Ann Sothern and circus acrobat on horse statue – 1939



Art Deco,  Style Moderne meets Hollywood


The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, had a major impact on the launch of Art Deco, including its name, which was derived from Arts Décoratifs. Art Deco was aligned with both luxury and modernity; combining expensive materials and exquisite craftsmanship adapted to modernistic forms. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (1910-1913), by Auguste Perret was the first landmark Art Deco building completed in Paris. The Art Deco architectural style, although called Style Moderne in France, was not purely modernist but it had many features of modernism, including reinforced concrete, glass, steel, chrome, and like modernism, it rejected traditional historical models.



art deco design by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann

1925 interior of the Grand Salon of the Arts Decoratifs Expo – design by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann


Le Corbusier, a student of Augeste Perret, exhibited his purely modernist Esprit Nouveau pavilion at the 1925 Paris Exposition and the USSR had a pavilion featuring the flamboyant futurist style of Konstantin Melnikov. Hollywood designer Cedric Gibbons was also in attendance, and the event provoked an upheaval in movie set design. He brought back with him many of the room designs he had seen there and incorporated them into the MGM films he worked on. Gibbons’s designs were idealized images of a life of luxury and style and the huge cinema audiences were mesmerized and ready to escape into this lavish reality of opulence, especially during WWII and the Depression. At the time this style was known as Art Moderne in the USA, but later became labelled as Art Deco. This radical style of future living was widely embraced and emulated in mainstream decor trends and interior designs.

The evolution of Art Deco was closely connected with the rise in status of decorative artists. This was also reinforced by the Paris department stores who recruited artists like Louis Vuitton, René Lalique, and Louis Cartier to design products in a modern style to compliment their fashion ranges.This was a major influence on the costume designs and chic aura created in Hollywood in the 20’s and 30’s. The screen sirens responded to their elegant and serene surroundings with smoldering, sultry, seductive personas filled with elusive mystique which further enhanced the desirability.


Cedric Gibbons art deco movie set

‘The Wonder of Women’ (1929) Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons. Demetre Chiparus figurine on the coffee table


The convergence of the many influences within Art Deco were on display. Futuristic, streamlined forms, angular geometric Cubist shapes and bold Fauvist colours combined with exotic designs that included Persian, Japanese, Egyptian, Mayan and African. The clean stylized lines and geometric details translated seamlessly into the black and white medium of the movies.
Cedric Gibbons had replaced the Russian designer Erte at MGM, who had struggled with translating his creative vision into practical set designs. Gibbon’s architectural finesse and design innovation was tastefully complimented by amazing decorative objects and contributed to defining the visual aesthetic of this era, which is my main interest in this article. Glamorous elegance abounded with polished floors, mirrored surfaces, walnut panels, chrome highlights and art deco sculptures and light fixtures.
The studios employed some of the finest photographers at the time, who created images that did true justice to the stunning sets and actors, which is featured here. They vividly captured the essence of this charismatic era with a timeless beauty.



Rene Lalique etched glass sculpture

‘Oiseau de_Feu’ –  René Lalique

Dayton Art Institute



Una-Merkel-in the movie Private-Lives

Una Merkel in the movie Private Lives – ScreenDeco

Orientalist statue by ?




Angelo Basso Art Deco La Luna Sculpture Bronze female nude sculpture

 Art Deco ‘La Luna’ Sculpture – Angelo Basso




Alice-Faye-1935 with black cat sculpture on a pedestal

Alice Faye with black cat sculpture




Robert-Montgomery-with Art Deco scotty dog

Robert Montgomery




Ann Harding




Dolores-Del-Rio-face of Art Deco

Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio who was married to Cedric Gibbons. She was known as the face of Art Deco.


Dolore’s beauty wisdom:

“Take care of your inner beauty, your spiritual beauty, and that will reflect in your face. We have the face we created over the years. Every bad deed, every bad fault will show on your face. God can give us beauty and genes can give us our features, but whether that beauty remains or changes is determined by our thoughts and deeds.” ~ Dolores del Rio

“Exercise, diet, beauty treatments– these things are all a complete waste of time because everyone must get older. If women were more sensible they would cease going to beauty parlors for facials and would instead lie down quietly in the peace of their bedrooms for the same length of time and arise more beautiful in face and more peaceful in spirit. The fact that I’m aging makes me a part of life, a part of the bigger scheme of existence… It is my mind, not my body, that I am trying to preserve, because it is through the mind that I can stay young.” ~ Dolores del Rio, 1964


“The two most beautiful things in the world are the Taj Mahal and Dolores del Río.” –George Bernard Shaw



delores del rio in long floral gown

Dolores del Rio in ‘I Live For Love’



Ann-Sothern and white female figurine statue

Ann Sothern




The art deco interior of a house which served as the set for the film ‘Our Modern Maidens’, with a sweeping staircase leading from the lounge area. Art direction Cedric Gibbons, MGM




art deco future movie

Futuristic ‘Things To Come’ – 1936




Art-deco-tablelamp-by-Pierre-le-Faguay, Kneeling female sculpture figure

Art deco tablelamp – Pierre le Faguays, signed Guerbe ( pseudonym)




paramouont theatre Oakland

Art Deco Paramount theater. Oakland




Egyptian Art Deco in Hollywood



Demetre-Chiparus-art-deco-female figure sculpture

Art Deco dancer –  Demetre Chiparus



Frankenstein-holding maiden

‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’, 1935




Carole lombard with winking greek bust sculpture

Carole Lombard publicity still for ‘Rhumba’, 1935





Spirit of the Centennial statue at Fair Park in Dallas, 1936.

Designed by Raoul Josett and Jose Martin. Carlo Ciampaglia designed the mural behind the statue.




-Josef-Lorenzl.--stylish-lady-sculpture in gold gown

‘Chryselephantine Lady’ –  Josef Lorenzl.





Carole-Lombard with nude figure sculpture

Carole Lombard




Carole Lombard




art deco lobby for GrandHotel

Grand Hotel, 1932

In the book Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies, author Donald Albrecht writes, “Circles are prominent in every aspect of the Grand Hotel’s design– an appropriate image for the spinning-wheel-of-fortune scenario. The circular motif appears in the hotel’s round, multilevel atrium with open balconies, in the continually revolving doors, and in ornaments on balcony railings. It also appears in the round reception desk, which acts as a pivot for the curving shots that follow the movement of the film’s characters, who travel across the black-and-white floor like pawns in a chess game. Movie plot and architecture have seldom been so closely harmonized.”



Art Deco fire screen

Art deco fire screen with Art Nouveau floral motif -Rose Iron Works of Cleveland





Claudette-Colbert in harlequin costume

Claudette Colbert




Claudette-Colbert on a throne as Celopatra

Cleopatra – Claudette Colbert




Claudette Colbert in ‘The Sign of the Cross’

Director Cecil B Demille.  1932



Corinne Griffith. Lilies of the Field (1924)

Corinne Griffith. ‘Lilies of the Field’ (1924)




Bronze sculpture figure – Erte




Elissa-Landi at huge white fire place

Elissa Landi and monumental sculptured fireplace




Fay-Wray posing with white art deco sculpture

Fay Wray

Photo Ray Jones



Flying Down To Rio dance scene

‘Flying Down To Rio’ dance scene, 1933




French-Art-Deco-reclining females with large fans Bookends

French Art Deco fan dancer bookends




Genevieve-Tobin posing with white art deco bust

Genevieve Tobin and a white art deco bust




Art deco staircase

Impressive Art Deco staircase and vase pedestal





Genevieve-Tobin-in art deco set

Genevieve Tobin




Giant-piano-set-from-King-of-Jazz movie

Giant piano set with 4 piano players and orchestra from the movie ‘King of Jazz’





Czech-Deco geometric-cut-glass-design-and-ruby-overlay-trim

Art Deco spherical vase with geometric cut glass design and ruby overlay trim – Continental (Czechoslovakia)




GRreta Garbo hollywood mystique

Greta Garbo – ‘Mata Hari’


Grace-Bradley-chatting on the phone


Grace Bradley under a Cubist Xmas tree



Helen-Twelvetrees posing with to art deco figure sculptures

Helen Twelvetrees



Jean-Harlow-Waylande Gregory art deco statue

Jean Harlow – Theo Vos art deco statue ( see below)




Theo-Vos---Ballerina---c.-1927---white porcelain statue

Art Deco white porcelain ‘Ballerina’ statue by Theo Vos for the German ‘Hutschenreuther Porcelain’

height 37cm  c.1927

Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Salamanca




ODYV-French-Art-Deco mantle clock with black panther figures

ODYV French Art Deco mantle clock with gold panthers

Chateau Antiques



Joan-Bennett-movie actress

Joan Bennett, ‘She Couldn’t Take It’





Joan Marsh posing in a bathing suit

Joan Marsh



Art Deco panel

French Art Deco screen – A Soleau

Table—Jules Leleu   Chairs—Andre Arbus




Joan Marsh posing with beach ball

Joan Marsh



Josephine Baker sitting on tiger skin rug

Josephine Baker

Also see Josephine Captivates The Jazz Age



Juliette-Compton with art deco panel

Juliette Compton



masked Kay-Johnson-in-Madam-Satan

Kay Johnson in ‘Madam Satan’



Aelita: ‘Queen of Mars’

Russia 1924





Art Deco bronze and ivory figure – J Ulrich





Lois Moran

Photo George Hurrell, 1931



Carole-Lombard pouring a cocktail

Carole Lombard




Loretta-Young in long black evening gown

Loretta Young




Marguerite-Chapman with black sculpture head bust

Marguerite Chapman




Mark Stevens and Cathy Downs in ‘The Dark Corner’, 1946





Raymond Léon Rivoire – ‘Women with Hound’

France, 1920



Ruggero Alfredo Michahelles: ‘La Quadriga’, 1929,



Merna-Kennedy with tall black cubist statue

Merna Kennedy with tall Cubist Deco statue



Monkey-Business---Marx-Brothers playing saxaphones

Marx Brothers saxophone quartet in ‘Monkey Business’



Myrna-Loy with a black cat sculpture

Myrna Loy




Myrna-Loy with mirror refkection

Myrna Loy





‘Night Owls’ – Laurel & Hardy






Norma Shearer in ‘The Divorcèe’ directed by Robert Z.Leonard




Rene Buthaud-ovoid vase with art deco motif of a naked Europa riding a bull

Rene Buthaud – ovoid vase with a naked Europa riding a bull




Our-Dancing-Daughters vintage movie

Art Deco Jazz Age movie, ‘Our Dancing Daughters’, 1928



Our Modern Maidens

Our Modern Maidens, 1929



Rita-Flynn in Art Deco movie set

Rita Flynn




Ruth-Taylor in-Gentlemen-Prefer-Blondes

Ruth Taylor  in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’




Pâte de Verre, Figure designed by Marcel Bouraine

Pâte de Verre, Figure designed by Marcel Bouraine for Gabriel Argy Rousseau






Classic Art Deco fireplace – Jean Harlow in ‘Platinum Blonde’



Speed_-_Harriet_Frishmuth art deco figure sculpture

‘Speed’ – Harriet Frishmuth




art deco movie The Hatchet Man

‘The Hatchet Man’




‘The Sign of Cross’ – Cecil B DeMille





Max-Le-Verrier-art deco-bookends

Max Le Verrier Art Deco bookends



Garden fountain sojourn


Street fountain in Provence

Saignon fountain in Provence, Fra

Fountains of fluid beauty   


Gravity and water are a marriage made in heaven, a source of eternal captivation in waterfalls and fountains, providing both a visual and sound ambiance of delight. The calm inducing qualities and natural serenity created by a water feature made fountains an essential decor addition at many great palaces, gardens and villas. The ancient Greeks were the first to use aqueducts and gravity-powered fountains to distribute water. Prior to this, large carved stone basins were employed to collect and act as a distribution point for their precious water along with the digging of deep wells. As the Egyptians had to draw their water up from the Nile river, they didn’t build any gravity fed fountains. Until the late 19th century when mechanical pumps were introduced, most fountains needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air.


Tritons and a dragon (emblem of Pope Gregory XIII. Boncompagni) Spruce fountain, Rome

HEN-Mainz Flickr

Pliny the Younger wrote about a banquet room in a Roman villa where a fountain began to jet water when visitors sat on a marble seat. Of course the display was more spectacular after the banquet had finished. Ancient Rome was a city of fountains and around 100 AD, it had nine aqueducts which fed 39 monumental fountains and 591 public basins. Roman engineers built aqueducts and fountains throughout the Roman Empire and there are still surviving examples of this. By the middle of the Renaissance, fountains had evolved to become a form of theater, with cascades and jets of water coming from marble statues on a grand scale. Unfortunately, after the aqueducts fell into ruin, some of the fountains ceased to function. It is always sad to see a dry fountain being a shadow of its former self. Still, many did survive by virtue of the accompanying statue decorations and the durable carved stone and marble that they were constructed from.
The graceful, shape shifting fluidity of water is wonderfully symbiotic with stone fountain statues and highlights the texture and lines of the form. It’s an added bonus that it has its own dynamic sculptural qualities. I’ve add an image below of the of the Fontaine des Innocents, the oldest fountain in Paris, created in 1547.



Fontaine-des-Mers,-Place-de-la-Concorde fountain in Paris with strong water jets

‘Fontaine des Mers’,– Place de la Concorde, Paris



Hestercombe Gardens Arch Fountain - water running from a classical head sculpture

Hestercombe Gardens Arch Fountain, Somerset , England; photo Doyle Herman




Fontaine-des-Innocents-Paris fountain

‘Fontaine des Innocents’ – 1547

Architect Pierre Lescot and sculptor Jean Goujon



Fountain,-Paris-France,-by-Jim-Rappaport with nude female water bearers

‘Fountain’,by Jim Rappaport

Paris France


street Fountain-of-Neptune in Italy

‘The Fountain of Neptune’ (Italian Fontana di Nettuno)

Eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna



‘Juturna, Roman Water Goddess’ of Fountains, Wells and Springs

Design Toscana



Garden Fish-fountain-at-Tybee-Island

Tybee Island fish sculpture fountain



Two Cherubs and a lion head wall fountain

Winged lion and cherubs fountain, France

Voyage Visuel


Stone carved angel fountain Sicily

Angel fountain as S. Giuseppe dei Teatini Church , Palermo, Sicily.



San Paolo street fountain

San Paolo, Roma – LZ – Italia.

Photo William McClung




Figurative sculpture fountain. Regents Park, London.



Emile Bourdelle -‘Penelope’ (left)




mexican talavera jug an bowl in iron frame fountain

Mexican talavera ceramic jug and bowl fountain



Arles-Green Fountainhead,-France

Arles turquoise green fountainhead, France



The-Tiki-Pool-sculpture head in-Duinrell

The Tiki Pool, Duinrell

Wassenaar, The Netherlands




Santa-Cruz-fountain - kneeling female figure sculpture

Kneeling female figure sculpture fountain, Santa Cruz



Polyxena at the fountain, watched out by Achilles (right). Attic white-ground lekythos, ca. 480 BC. From South Italy.

Polyxena at the fountain, watched out by Achilles (right). Attic white-ground lekythos,

ca. 480 BC Southern Italy

Louvre Museum




‘Fontana del Tritone’ – 17th-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.



Aix-en-Provence courtyard fountain

Aix en Provence

Photo by cb de damiette, Flickr




Indoor koi pond and waterfall



"Fountain of the Four Rivers" is a fountain by BERNINI in Rome

The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi  (“Fountain of the Four Rivers”) – Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Rome, Photo Pat Kofahl, 500px



Bethesda-Fountain with an angel sculpture on its top, NY

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, NY



Blue-amphoras-vase located-at-Stadtpark

Blue amphora vase – Stadtpark, Vienna



Bartholdi Park fountain Washington DC

Bartholdi Park, Washington DC




Cobalt blue glaze birdbath



Cherub sculpture courtyard fountain

Courtyard fountain with cherub sculpture, Provence



A fountain by Utah artist Gary Prince

Harrison garden, Attica, Indiana



Gold Danaida_fountain_of_Peterhof---Yair-Haklai

Gold Danaida fountain of Peterhof

Photo Yair Haklai



terracotta angel statue

Terracotta English Tudor garden angel



‘Fontana del Pantheon’ fountain in front of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Inge Johnsson / Alamy



Garden of St. Eloi island whale sculpture

Fountain Blue Whale , 1982

Garden of St. Eloi island, Paris 12th district



Fontaine léanaise

Photo by Zagreusfm on Flickr



Fontaine Saint Michele Photo by Michele Campus

Fontaine Saint Michele

Photo by Michele Campus




Fountain Saint Michel

Tamar Marie on Flickr



Fountain.-Newport-RI---David Fuller Photo

Fountain Rhode Island—David Fuller



Art Deco fountain - Francois Sicard - 1932

Art Deco fountain – Francois Sicard – 1932

photo Jamie Williams

The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde Park North, Sydney




Friendship-of-Nations-fountain - Moscow

Friendship of Nations fountain, Moscow



Galatea-Fountain-(gilded-bronze) Goddess statue with flowing wavy hair

Galatea Fountain (gilded-bronze), Audrey Flack

South Pasadena, Florida




Ganesha statue fountain – Bali



Art Nouveau fountain

Art Nouveau maiden fountain




Havlystparken-Hvitsten,-Norway garden lake fountain

Havlystparken Hvitsten, Norway-©-Kari Meijers




green dragon fountain, Japan

Dragon fountain, Japan



Large elephant fountain sculpture

Elephant fountain sculpture (waiting for some water)

Home Magazine by STUDIO Gannett – – Issu



A female rufous hummingbird hovers above water droplets from a backyard fountain.

Photo by Alandra Palisser



Japanese garden with waterfall and pagoda

Tranquil Japanese garden, Portland, Oregon



Moroccan tiled geometric pool fountain

Moroccan geometric tiled pool



National-Orchid-Garden fountain

National Orchid Garden fountain, Singapore



Naum Gabo fountain London

Revolving Torsion’  by constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo, London

Photo by Pemberley Oak



turquoise fountain with cascading discs

Contemporary water fountain



” Moses”  by Michelangelo, 1515

church of San Pedro in Víncoli, in Rome



Concorde-Square-Fountain-Paris-merman holding a fish

Concorde Square Fountain, Paris




garden fountain by Kari-Meijers

Garden fountain

Photo by Kari Meijers



La Fontaine Bartholdi ~ sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi in 1889 and erected in the Place des Terreaux in Lyon centre square in 1892.




Jade green heron fountain sculpture

Jade green heron fountain sculpture




Neptune fountain-Congress-Library-Washington

Neptune sculpture fountain – Library of Congress, USA



Stacy-Bass-photo of evening light in a garden

In The Garden – Stacy Bass



McNay-Art-Museum statue

McNay Art Museum




Water Goddess Victoria_Square_-_Birmingham

Floozie in the Jacuzzi – Dhruva Mistry

Victoria Square, Birmingham



Fontaine de Medicis by Auguste Ottin

The Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.



Todji Kurtzman




 ‘Moon Garden’  – Tom Stuart Smith

London’s Connaught hotel — Image MMGI Marianne Majerus



Lotus lily pond




Red rock Uluru-Waterfalls,

Uluru Waterfalls, Central Australia



Versailles fountain statue

Versailles fountain



Versailles gold fountain

Versailles — Bosquet de l’Arc de Triomphe




Atlas fountain Villa-Aldobrandini-

The Atlas Fountain, Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy

“Villas and Gardens” Flickr




Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge’s Moroccan oasis garden



Fish wall sculpture Lucy Smith

Bronze fish sculpture wall fountain by Lucy Smith