General Ceramics Vally Wieselthier Peace Wall Pocket
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: American: Porcelain: Pre 1940: Item # 1082885
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
Author of Understanding Roseville Pottery
P.O. Box 771233, Lakewood, OH 44107
This impressive art deco 10.75" tall x 8.25" x 2.75" wall pocket was made in the late 1930s by General Ceramics (New York). The design features a dove of peace (think Noah's Ark), holding a laurel branch in his beak, in medium relief. Very pretty and useful conversation piece.
Vally Wieselthier (1895-1945) was an extremely talented artist who immigrated to the United States from Vienna Austria, where she had been an important member of the Wiener Werkstaette. She left partly to escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism, as did many other amazing Jewish artists and designers. In both New York and Ohio, she did some design work, such as the example being offered here. For examples of her Austrian designs, you might like to check out this site: www.galerie-albertina.at/cgi/vally_wieselthier.htmp?lang=en.
This piece was made by a company that actually expanded into the giftware market after making sanitary stoneware, such as sinks and lavatories. So expect this wall pocket to be durable and HEAVY, as well as decorative!
No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.