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RARE 'TOSCANA' FOOTED BOWL Nr. 164 BY HANS WELLING FOR CERAMANO (B)

$ 225
  • Description
    A rare 1970s 'Toscana' decor footed bowl designed by Hans Welling for Ceramano Keramik. It is characterized by a splotchy matte green background with a ring of glossy yellow dots standing in shallow relief.

    CERAMANO was the brainchild of Jakob Schwaderlapp, the founder of Jasba Keramik. He set up the sister factory in 1959 to produce higher-end ceramics—artistic and often experimental—to complement the mass-produced lines of Jasba. Previously the production of such items was restricted to small workshops; Schwaderlapp's concept was to replicate the look and feel of the work of craftsmen using modern production methods. The enterprise went public at the Frankfurt Spring Fair with an extensive product range, and the designer Hanns Welling was introduced as the man in charge—responsible for all CERAMANO shapes and décors as well as all advertising. Welling remained at the helm until 1962 when the position of head designer was handed to Gerda Heuckeroth (later known for her amazing body of work at Carstens.)

    To achieve its goals, CERAMANO employed many of the top artists of the day, notably (in addition to Welling and Heuckeroth) Dudas Laszlo. The items it produced were generally of high quality and varied nature. Many of the more expensive pieces were completely handmade on a wheel—using CERAMANO's signature reddish-brown clay, naturally. Top decors include 'Pergamon,' 'Rustica,' and 'Rubin' plus rarities such as 'Saturn,' 'Incrusta,' and 'Achat.' Bases are generally hand-marked or engraved by the décor artist with the shape number, décor name, and artist's initials (space permitting). This practice enhanced the "studio work" semblance of CERAMANO pieces. Schwaderlapp's son and partner, Willi Schwaderlapp, took over the company in 1964 and split it off from Jasba entirely.

    [Note: Whenever a shape number is present, it usually has three digits and is sometimes followed by a second number, ranging from one to six, that indicates relative size. Whether or not text is included on the base depends largely on the size of the vase. 'Handarbeit,' or Handmade, is a common engraving. Vases from later periods were provided with paper labels.]

    CERAMANO continued to develop economically with the takeovers of Waku Feuerfest and Steinzeug und Mosaikplattenfabrik in the 1970s, allowing for expansion into the production of tableware and architectural tiles, respectively. The company's export share increased for a time, but the gambit ultimately proved unsuccessful. As the 1980s progressed, interest in art pottery began to wane sharply. CERAMANO finally closed its doors in 1989. (Jasba is still in operation, producing industrial tiles exclusively.)

    HANNS WELLING (1924-?) was responsible for some of the most sophisticated designs from several of the best post-war German art-pottery manufacturers—Keto, Ruscha, and, Ceramano among them. He began studying painting and graphics at the age of seventeen but had to interrupt it after only two semesters because of military service and did not return to the academy in Düsseldorf until 1947. Here he completed his studies in 1951 after studying in France and Italy. In 1952 he joined the Kettiger Clay Works in Lantershofen (aka Keto) and took over the artistic direction of the newly established art ceramic department. Together with Karl-Hans Kerstner, he was responsible for the design of the engobe ceramics introduced by his predecessor Elmar Anders. With incised decorations and colored inlays, Welling designed most of the decorations. In 1956 he left Keto and moved to Ruscha in Rheinbach as a decor designer and head of the painting department. In 1958 he received an offer from Jakob Schwaderlapp, the owner of Jasba ceramics, to prepare for the establishment of a ceramic company exclusively focused on the manufacture of high-quality ceramic products with a handcrafted character. In 1959, the program of the new company was presented under the brand name Ceramano. Welling was not only responsible for all the shapes and decors, but also the entire external presentation (catalogs, advertising photos, advertisements, exhibition stands, etc.) all were based on the designs and ideas of Hanns Welling. Such a level of involvement in the nuts-and-bolts development of the entire character of a ceramics factory is so far unique in the industry. Many famous Ceramano shapes and decors are ascribed to him: 'Pergamon,' 'Koralle,' 'Minerva,' 'Ceralux,' 'Tundra.” At the end of 1961, he finished his work at Ceramano but continued to provide designs for the company as a freelancer well into the 1970s. Welling was a designer of international standing in all material and application areas for numerous companies at home and abroad. Among his diverse activities for the ceramics industry in the Federal Republic of Germany are designs for Cortendorf, Schloßberg ceramics factory, W. Goebel-Porzellanfabrik, Steingutfabrik Staffel, Hutschenreuther, and Rosenthal, as well as a twelve-year collaboration with the Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Germany
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Glazed Ceramic
    Condition: Good. Excellent Vintage Condition
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Art Pottery, Mid Century
    Patterns: Abstract, Geometric, Modern, Textured
    Dealer Reference #: e#113623950785-B
    Incollect Reference #: 545154
  • Dimensions
    H. 2.5 in; Diam. 10.75 in;
    H. 6.35 cm; Diam. 27.31 cm;
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