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    Posted 5 years ago

    verretcheque
    (8 items)

    Hi,

    A superb piece of Hungarian art pottery, from the 1960s. Janos Török, (Mezötúr, 11. Juli 1932 - Pécs, 13. September 1996) was employed as a designer at Zsolnay from the late 1950s, but also had a small studio at home.

    This is a fine abstract, 1960s, "mother and child" figurine. It is interesting that Török's use of Zsolnay's black eosin glaze suggests that this prototype was originally destined to become a Zsolnay production.

    This piece is hand-signed, unlike most of the production pieces for Zsolnay.

    I have not found any trace that this item went into production.

    More of Török's Zsolnay items can be found on the link below:

    http://elitedesign.jimdo.com/zsolnay-ceramics/modernism-janos-török/

    Marcus

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      STUNNING!!!!
    2. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Sean68.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      anytime!!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Works from many angles. Great Find !!!!!
    5. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      Thanks Vetraio50. My Hungarian ex-father-in-law had to do a runner in 1956, from Pécs, during the Hungarian Uprising. He would have loved this piece. M
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I'd like to see it after a clean ... the contours would be even better. I'm thinking it might be a bit more risqué than Mother 'n child though .... lol
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Janos Török's work for Zsolnay is superb.

      Check out the Faun & Woman figure at your link above: there are similarities.

      Some info on him here:
      http://www.magyarkeramia.hu/keramia/torok/page_en.html
    8. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      yes vetraio50, I can see where you are coming from, with that idea. I think this pre-dates that piece by at least 10 years? Possibly 20 years, But woman and faun was mass- produced, and prices reflect that as well. I like those less, because they are ornamented/decorated, this prototype stands on its own merits......

      Cordially,

      Marcus
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I agree with you totally, Marcus !!!!
    10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      Not much of an art person, but do recognize a quality piece when it's set in front of me... I agree with VETRAIO as to possibility of risqué styling, I see something other than mother and child in my interpretation of the design, more like a cuddling embrace of passion. Just my view point. But "Art" is viewed by interpretation of others, seldom people agree upon the exact meaning.
    11. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      https://www.pinterest.com/jeannetaylor10/zsolnay/

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