Posted 10 years ago
A charming polychromed terracotta figural table lamp (circa 1900) featuring a sea maiden cresting a wave and holding a chambered nautilus shell, which acts as the lamp shade. Signed “J. Pilar, Rothneusiedl, Wien”, “Made in Austria”, “Reproduction Reserve” and numbered 285 above the stand, which references Johann Pilar's ceramic studio located in Oberlaa, a suburb of Vienna. The “Made in Austria” and “Reproduction Reserve” stamps indicates that this lamp was produced for export. The treatment of the maiden's feet peeking through the wave is particularly masterfully done in both form and coloring. Dimensions: 21.25"(H) x 7.25"(W).
Johann Pilar listed in the 1906 ceramics manufacturer directory, "Adressbuch der Keram-Industrie" (published by Verlag von Muller & Schmidt in Coburg):
“Pilar, Johann - Kunstterakottafabrik in Oberlaa (P.T.u.E.) bei Wien, Nieder-Oesterreich. -- Telegr.-Adr.: Pilar Oberlaa. Fabrikat und Export: Vasen, Busten, Figuren, ferner Wandbilder in Holzrahmen, Beleuchtungskorper, Spiegel, Uhren etc. -- Malerei. -- 50 Arbeiter -- Eigenes Musterlager in Wien VII, Breitegasse 26; Vertreter in Berlin SW., Ritterstrasse 45, R. Keiper. -- Zur Messe in Leipzig: Kaufhaus, Laden 11. -- Besteht seit 1898.”
Roughly translated, Johann Pilar studio ceramic works was formed in 1898 and had 50 workers. The studio/shop was located in Oberlaa; another suburb/division of Vienna (quite proximal to Rothneusiedl). Johann Pilar had representation of his wares, which included vases, busts, statutes murals, lamps, mirror, clocks, paintings, etc., in Berlin and also sold in Leipzig.